By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
An error in reporting led to the addition of more than 300 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming on Tuesday.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, reported 562 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including more than 300 that were added to correct an earlier error in reporting.
The department said the problem occurred in a commercial laboratory that handles the state Corrections Department’s testing, so many of the additions were in counties with correctional facilities, such as Carbon.
In addition to the confirmed cases, the state reported 115 new probable cases and new reports of 241 recoveries.
The number left the state with 2,327 active cases, an increase of 403 from Monday.
Laramie County had 306 confirmed cases; Natrona County had 273; Teton County had 247; Uinta County had 195; Fremont County had 185; Park had 154; Weston had 122; Sheridan had 115; Campbell had 114; Carbon had 105; Sweetwater had 95; Albany had 83; Lincoln had 60; Converse had 41; Washakie had 38; Johnson had 37; Big Horn had 36; Goshen had 34; Hot Springs had 31; Platte had 30; Sublette had 14; Crook had 10, and Niobrara had two.
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 cases were reported in 22 counties, with Weston County, home to the Wyoming Honor Farm, reporting 116 new cases. Fremont County had 112 new cases and Carbon County reported 80.
The combined cases brought to 48,072 the number of people with either confirmed or probable cases seen since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming in mid-March.