By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming fell back under 2,000 on Wednesday as the reported recoveries from the illness caught up with a spike in confirmed cases caused by a reporting error.
The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said it had received new reports Wednesday of 681 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable COVID cases.
On Tuesday, the department said a reporting error resulted in the late reporting of about 300 confirmed cases, which drove up the number of active cases on Tuesday to 2,327.
But on Wednesday, reports of recoveries caught up to the confirmed cases that were reported late, said Kim Deti, a department spokeswoman.
On Wednesday, the department reported 167 new confirmed cases and 50 new probable cases. When combined with the recoveries, the numbers left the state with 1,863 active cases, a decline of 464 from Tuesday.
As of Wednesday, Laramie County had 269 active cases; Teton County had 231; Natrona County had 226; Uinta County had 192; Park County had 138; Sheridan had 103; Sweetwater had 92; Campbell had 88; Fremont had 86; Albany had 74; Lincoln had 58; Converse had 43; Johnson had 41; Hot Springs and Washakie had 36; Big Horn had 35; Platte had 30; Goshen had 29; Carbon had 26; Sublette had 15; Crook had eight; Weston had six, and Niobrara had one.
New confirmed cases were reported in 20 counties, with the largest number of new cases, 42, seen in Natrona County. Park County had 32 new cases.
The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 48,289 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in mid-March. Of that number, 45,904 have recovered since the beginning of the pandemic.