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83 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Thursday; 481 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by five from Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 97 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 83 new laboratory-confirmed and 19 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 481 active cases.

Laramie county had the most active cases at 126, while Albany had 61; Sweetwater 46; Teton 41; Natrona 34; Fremont 31; Campbell and Lincoln 28; Uinta 21; Sublette 19; Park 11; Weston seven; Carbon and Goshen six; Converse and Sheridan four; Big Horn, Johnson and Washakie two, and Crook and Hot Springs had one each. Niobrara and Platte counties had no active cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, 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.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 56,802 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 55,620 have recovered.

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54 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Wednesday; 476 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by 78 from Tuesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of three new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 54 new laboratory-confirmed and 27 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 476 active cases, up 78 from Tuesday.

Laramie County’s active cases are up again to 123, while Sweetwater had 53; Albany 50; Fremont 41; Teton 37; Natrona 32; Lincoln 31; Campbell 28; Uinta 22; Sublette 19; Park 10; Weston seven; Carbon, Goshen and Sheridan had five; Converse three; Johnson two, and Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie had one each. Crook, Niobrara and Platte counties had zero active cases. 

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, 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.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 56,700 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 55,523 have recovered.

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71 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Tuesday; 398 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by 50 from Monday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 39 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 71 new laboratory-confirmed and 19 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 398 active cases, up 50 from Monday.

Laramie county’s active cases are back up again, to 103, while Sweetwater had 49; Teton 39; Fremont 38; Albany 34; Lincoln 29; Natrona 24; Sublette 18; Uinta 17; Campbell 16; Park seven; Sheridan six; Goshen five; Carbon and Weston three; Converse and Johnson two; Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie had one each, and Crook, Niobrara and Platte counties had zero active cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, 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.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 56,619 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 55,520 have recovered.

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Four COVID Variants Found in Wyoming, Cause For “Concern”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Four new strains of the coronavirus have been found in Wyoming over the last few months, three of which have been detected in Sublette County, according to health officials.

The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory recently analyzed genetic sequencing from a large batch of positive samples collected from residents across the state since November and found the four variants.

The new analysis, combined with previously reported results, showed at least 40 cases have involved a new version of coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), more than 40 cases involved two California variants (B.1.427 and B.1.429) and one case was diagnosed with a strain first seen in South Africa (B.1.351).

The three variants virus detected in Sublette County were the United Kingdom and California strains.

The county saw 17 new coronavirus cases last week, more than double than cases seen the week prior. As of Tuesday morning, the county had 12 active cases.

At least two cases of the U.K. strain were diagnosed in Sublette County. The strain is 50% more contagious than the original COVID virus and shows an increased severity in symptoms, based on hospitalizations and case fatality rates.

Four cases diagnosed in Sublette County involve the two California strains. Those strains have an estimated 20% higher transmission rate, and may cause a significant reduction in the ability of antibodies to fight the virus, as well as reduced effectiveness of some treatments.

Coronavirus cases are also increasing in counties adjacent to Sublette County, with Teton, Lincoln, and Sweetwater counties being classified in the state’s “red zone” for increased cases, indicating high transmission levels, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

St John’s Health in Jackson began last week with no coronavirus hospital patients, but by Friday, there were six hospitalized coronavirus patients.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, state public health officer and epidemiologist with the Department of Health, said it is likely all four of these variants have probably been involved in some of the COVID-19 transmission in Wyoming over the past several months.

“Because this is far from a comprehensive review of all positive patient samples, the true number and geographical spread of variants of concern in Wyoming is likely greater than what has been identified,” Harrist said.

Harrist indicated the variants are “of concern” because they each have been shown to be more contagious, have more serious symptoms and have shown resistance to some COVID-19 treatment options.

“Knowing these variants have been circulating in Wyoming doesn’t change our primary recommendations for the public,” Harrist said. “The best way for people to protect themselves from getting sick is to get a COVID-19 vaccine, which are available to the general public now throughout Wyoming. We still also recommend staying home when you are sick, avoiding large gatherings and wearing masks in most public settings.

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time.

Multiple variants of the virus that causes the coronavirus have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that so far, vaccinations create antibodies that will help against the variants. Researchers are continuing to track this.

“Because the variants can affect the success of certain treatment options, we have shared updated information with healthcare providers across the state to help them help their patients,” Harrist said.

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Gordon Lets Ag-Related COVID Bill Become Law Without Signature

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Gov. Mark Gordon is warning Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers to think carefully before taking advantage of a new law that would let them collect coronavirus relief funds.

Gordon, in a letter to state Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, explained why he allowed Senate File 50 to become law with out his signature, saying he is worried agriculture producers might be forced to repay the grants they receive under the law.

“I understand that some producers might want to get a chance at the federal one-armed bandit, and therefore will let the bill pass into law without my signature,” he wrote. “In my view, caveat emptor should be the watchword of the program: if producers are willing to take advantage of this program, they should be prepared to possibly have to pay back the grants — a decision that could cripple additional Wyoming industries.”

The bill would allow ranchers and farmers to seek federal coronavirus relief grants given to the state if they claim a loss incurred due to COVID-19.However, Gordon said he is not sure the program will meet federal requirements for the money to be used to compensate businesses for losses caused by COVID-19 or restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the illness.“

Rather than reimburse individuals or businesses for impacts related to an emergency, the program created in this legislation seems to seek some way to give money to agricultural producers simply because they are producers,” he wrote. “I remain concerned about what an unfriendly administration that appears to be preparing for war could do to Wyoming’s key industries, including agriculture.”

Gordon urged legislators to clarify and strengthen the program in the future and to investigate whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to offer a coronavirus relief program.

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74 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Monday; 348 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases decreased by 104 from Friday, bringing the state’s total to less than 400.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 186 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 74 new laboratory-confirmed and five new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 348 active cases, down 104 from Friday.

Laramie County’s active cases fell dramatically from Friday to total 80, while Sweetwater had 45; Freemont 39; Teton 37; Albany and Natrona had 23; Uinta 21; Lincoln 20; Campbell 15; Sublette 14; Park eight; Sheridan seven; Goshen and Weston four; Johnson three; Converse two; Big Horn, Hot Springs and Washakie had one case each and Carbon, Crook, Niobrara and Platte had the least, with zero active cases. 

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, 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.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 56,529 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 55,481 have recovered.

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More Than 110K Wyomingites Are Completely Vaccinated Against COVID

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A little more than 110,000 Wyoming residents are completely vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the most recent numbers provided by the Wyoming Department of Health.

A total of 110,781 complete doses of the three major vaccines available to prevent the illness had been give in Wyoming as of Sunday, but these numbers could be up to 72 hours behind, the Health Department said.

This department said 104,297 people have received the second dose of the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations, and 6,484 have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to the vaccine distribution data, this means 71% of the second dose supply available in Wyoming has been administered, while only 55% of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been given.

“Our goal is to encourage as many Wyoming residents as possible to choose to get vaccinated,” Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “Without vaccination, the risk of illness could remain for people and that’s what we’re focused on avoiding. We want everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, but it is especially important for those at higher risk of severe illness related to COVID-19.”

A total of 148,520 first doses have been given across the state, around 80% of the total supply.

The vaccines are free and effective against the virus, which is something the WDH is continuing to remind anyone who still might be hesitant to get one.

“We want people to know a COVID-19 vaccine can help them stay healthy, give them peace of mind, and help get them back to things they miss such as spending time with family and friends,” Deti said. “The data shows these vaccines are safe and effective, and we are confident in recommending them.”

Last week, the state moved into open availability for the vaccine, meaning that anyone in the state who was 16 or older could be vaccinated.

The vaccines are free and insurance is not required to receive one.

“Together with our county public health partners, healthcare providers in our communities and growing numbers of pharmacies across the state, we have worked to make vaccines easy to find and receive.” Deti said. “Earlier it was more difficult due to limited supplies and that may have been a factor in people’s expectations and plans.”

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51 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Friday; 452 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases decreased by 23 on Friday from Thursday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 82 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 51 new laboratory-confirmed and five new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 452 active cases, down 23 from Thursday.

Laramie County continued to have the highest number of active cases as of Friday, 109; while Teton fell to 66; Fremont fell as well, with 46; Sweetwater also had 46; Natrona 32; Lincoln 29; Albany 26; Uinta 25; Campbell 19; Sheridan 13; Sublette 10; Park seven; Goshen five; Johnson and Platte four; Weston three; Big Horn and Carbon two; Converse, Crook, Hot Springs and Washakie had one each, while Niobrara was the only county reporting zero active cases. 

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, 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.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 56,447 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 55,295 have recovered.

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81 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Thursday; 475 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by 11 from Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 68 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 81 new laboratory-confirmed while probable cases were reduced by two, leaving Wyoming with 475 active cases, up 11 from Wednesday. Occasionally, the Department of Health will review its records and it will find some cases that actually weren’t coronavirus and adjust its counts accordingly.  

Laramie County remained the county with the highest number of active cases at 118; while Teton County had 68; Fremont had 52; Sweetwater 50; Lincoln 34; Natrona 32; Uinta 25; Albany 24; Campbell 18; Sheridan 13; Sublette nine; Park seven; Goshen five; Johnson four; Big Horn, Carbon, Platte and Weston had three each; Crook had two, and Hot Springs and Washakie had one. Converse and Niobrara counties had no active cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, 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.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 56,389 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 55,214 have recovered.

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69 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Wednesday; 464 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by 55 from Tuesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 14 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 69 new laboratory-confirmed and five new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 464 active cases, up 55 from Tuesday.

Laramie County continues to have the most active cases at 101; Teton had 68; Fremont had 58; Sweetwater 47; Lincoln 39; Natrona 33; Albany 21; Uinta 20; Sheridan 18; Campbell 15; Park nine; Sublette eight; Goshen five; Big Horn, Carbon and Johnson had four each; Platte and Weston three; Crook two, and Hot Springs and Washakie counties each had one. Converse and Niobrara had no active cases as of Wednesday.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, 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.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 56,310 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 55,146 have recovered.

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