By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming fell to levels not seen since late October on Friday as the state continued to receive reports of recoveries among patients with confirmed or probable cases.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said it had received reports of 1,189 recoveries Friday, the fourth day this week the number of reported recoveries exceeded 1,000.
The state also said it received reports of 456 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 106 probable cases.
The numbers left the state with 3,384 active cases, a decline of 649 from Thursday and the lowest number seen since Oct. 24.
Laramie County had 720 active cases; Natrona County had 602; Sweetwater had 293; Fremont had 222; Campbell had 221; Park had 177; Albany had 135; Sheridan had 134; Washakie had 117; Uinta had 112; Teton had 101; Goshen had 99; Lincoln had 75; Big Horn had 63; Carbon had 59; Converse had 56; Johnson and Sublette had 47; Platte had 35; Hot Springs had 23; Crook had 22; Weston had 15, and Niobrara had nine.
Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.
New confirmed cases were reported in 22 counties, with Sweetwater County reporting the highest number at 88. Laramie County had 74 new confirmed cases.
The increase brought to 33,659 the number of confirmed cases seen since coronavirus was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March.
The number of probable cases increased by 106 to total 5,126 since the pandemic began.
The newly reported recoveries brought to 35,080 the number of people to recover from either confirmed or probable cases.