By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased by 317 on Saturday as the number of laboratory-confirmed cases continued to rise.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said it had received 429 new reports of laboratory-confirmed cases since Wednesday. The department did not issue an update on Thursday or Friday because of the Christmas holiday.
In addition, the number of probable cases increased by 53 since Wednesday, the department said.
At the same time, the number of reported recoveries increased by 165 as of Saturday, leaving the state with 2,350 active cases, an increase of 317 since Wednesday.
Laramie County had the highest number of active cases at 309. Natrona County had 303; Campbell County had 288; Sweetwater County had 217; Park had 174; Fremont had 123; Uinta had 121; Washakie had 96; Teton had 86; Sheridan had 85; Albany had 82; Lincoln had 68; Goshen had 59; Carbon had 57; Big Horn had 56; Converse had 54; Johnson had 45; Weston had 31; Hot Springs had 27; Platte had 23; Crook and Sublette had 21, and Niobrara had four.
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.
Every county in the state reported an increase in confirmed cases over the two-day period. Campbell County reported 56 new confirmed cases while Laramie County reported 55.
The increase in confirmed cases brought to 37,129 the number of cases seen since the coronavirus was first detected in Wyoming in March.
The number of probable cases went up by 53 on Saturday6 to total 6,017 since the pandemic began.
The increase in recoveries among those with either confirmed or probable cases meant 40,423 people have recovered from the illness since mid-March.