By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Niobrara County became the first in Wyoming since mid-October to be free of active cases of coronavirus as the state’s total number of active cases fell by more than 270 Monday.
Figures released by the Wyoming Department of Health in its daily coronavirus update showed the number of active coronavirus cases, 1,483, fell by 273 on Monday from Sunday, including a drop in Niobrara County, which recorded no active cases for the first time since Oct. 15.
The decline in active cases came with an increase of 437 in the reported recoveries among those with either confirmed or probable cases. The increase in recoveries offset reports of 156 new confirmed cases and eight new probable cases Monday.
Teton County had 281 active cases; Natrona County had 220; Uinta County had 200; Laramie County had 121; Fremont had 111; Sweetwater had 90; Campbell had 71; Albany had 65; Park had 58; Carbon had 56; Sheridan had 53; Lincoln had 25; Platte had 24; Big Horn had 20; Goshen had 18; Washakie had 16; Johnson had 15; Hot Springs had 14; Converse and Weston had seven; Sublette had six, and Crook had five.
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 17 counties, with Teton County reporting the highest number of new cases at 50. Laramie County had 20 new cases.
The additional confirmed and probable cases brought to 51,062 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in March.
Of those, 49,008 have recovered since March, according to the Health Department.