By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming declined slightly Thursday despite an increase of 261 in the number of laboratory-confirmed cases.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said the new confirmed cases — along with 17 new probable cases — were offset by new reports of 307 recoveries among patients with either confirmed or probable cases.
The numbers left the state with 1,730 active cases, a decline of 54 from Wednesday.
Natrona County had 249 active cases; Laramie County had 246; Uinta County had 147; Sheridan County had 130; Park had 126; Campbell and Sweetwater had 109; Lincoln had 101; Teton had 98; Albany had 72; Fremont had 66; Big Horn had 61; Converse and Platte had 32; Carbon and Washakie had 30; Hot Springs had 24; Goshen had 20; Johnson had 19; Sublette had 13; Weston had 10; Crook had five, and Niobrara had one.
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 20 counties, with Laramie County reporting the highest number of new cases, 69. Uinta County had 50 new cases.
The number of confirmed and probable cases seen since the first coronavirus case was diagnosed in Wyoming in mid-March stood at 46,168 on Thursday, while the number of recoveries recorded since the pandemic began totaled 43,949.