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Wyo Public Health Doc Says Children And Infants Should Get COVID Vax

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

Coronavirus vaccinations are now being recommended for children as young as 6 months, per a weekend announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Wyoming Department of Health on Monday.

The recommendations follow Food and Drug Administration authorization of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for young children and infants.

“I encourage Wyoming parents to choose vaccination for their children,” Wyoming Public Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said in a Monday press release. “We have certainly seen some children become very ill due to the virus and we also know they can spread COVID-19 to others who may be especially vulnerable to the virus and its effects.”

Harrist is encouraging all Wyoming residents 6 months and older to get the vaccine if they haven’t already.

Over the past few years, clinical trials have studied the effect coronavirus vaccines have on young children. Across the country, millions of older children and adults have been safely vaccinated, while globally, around 5 billion to 6 billion doses of the COVID vaccine have been disbursed, said Dr. Mark Dowell, Natrona County health officer.

Dowell said he has treated a number of patients with extended coronavirus symptoms, called “long COVID,” and added he would hate to see the same condition affect a young child. 

Dowell is supporting Harrist’s recommendation.

“I think it’s a great thing to do for the kids,” he said. “We’re still learning what COVID might do in the long-term for the kids.”

Harrist said children can receive other vaccines at the same time they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Prior to Saturday’s CDC recommendation, the vaccinations had been recommended only for children age 5 and older. The Moderna vaccine made for 6-month-olds to 5-year-olds is a two-dose series, given four weeks apart. The Pfizer vaccine for 6-month-olds to 4-year-olds is a three-dose series. The first two shots are given three weeks apart, and the third one eight weeks after the second shot. 

Parents of newly eligible children should contact their local public health office or other medical provider if they are interested in having their children vaccinated. The newly authorized vaccines for young children are in the process of being ordered, shipped and delivered to Wyoming locations.

When these vaccines will arrive throughout Wyoming is hard to tell.

In Uinta County, County Nurse Manager Callie Perkins said there will be some facilities in her county that were to have the vaccines available as early as Monday. In Sublette County, Nurse Manager Janna Lee said health officials do not have a clear idea when the vaccines will be delivered. Natrona County is not scheduled to receive the vaccines until the middle or end of the week.

Lee and Casper-Natrona County Health Department Spokesperson Hailey Bloom also said they have not received much public demand for vaccines for this new, younger age demographic.

“Anything recommended by the CDC and the Wyoming Department of Health, we’re going to follow with basically the same message, the exact same guidance,” Bloom said. 

According to the CDC, as of May 28, more than 400 children age 4 and younger have died due to COVID. Although young children have had some of the lowest susceptibility for hospitalization, Dowell said this shouldn’t encourage parents to let their guard down, as the more recent omicron strain of COVID has caused more hospitalizations in children. 

“As we move through this pandemic, including at this phase, staying up to date with vaccines remains the best way to reduce our vulnerability to this virus and its most serious effects,” Harrist said.

Dowell said people pointing to the fact Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the president, tested positive for COVID as proof the vaccine doesn’t work are misinformed and haven’t done proper research. 

Dowell said the purpose of the vaccines is not to prevent the patient from getting the virus but to minimize the harm the virus causes when it infects a person.

“It prevents you from dying,” he said.

There are a number of rare, but possible, side effects that can come from taking the vaccines including anaphylaxis, thrombosis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, myocarditis, pericarditis and death.

Dowell, who has been vaccinated, said many of the risks one encounters from getting a COVID vaccine are the same as one would experience from getting shots for other viruses such as chicken pox and the flu.

“You have to look at the benefit vs. the risk,” he said. “The benefit is great.

In late May, the CDC also dropped the recommended age for booster shots to children 5 years and older, if eligible.

“Booster doses have become more important over time and are recommended for everyone ages 5 and older, with second booster doses recommended for everyone ages 50 and older,” Harrist said. “Those with certain health conditions that could affect their immunity should ask their healthcare provider whether they should receive additional or booster doses.”

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Teton County Urges Indoor Mask Use While Glacier National Park Reinstates Mask Mandate

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Teton County’s public health officer on Friday urged county residents to wear facemasks while inside as the county moved to the Centers for Disease Control’s “High Community Level” for coronavirus infection.

“I want to encourage our community to wear a mask in public, indoor settings while we remain in the High Community Level,” Teton County District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell said on Friday afternoon.

“We understand that moving up to the High Community Level is frustrating at this point in the pandemic,” Riddel said. “We would all prefer to move past COVID-19 and not hear that our risk for COVID-19 is increasing.”

Noting that Teton County is one of the most vaccinated areas of the country with nearly 95% of the population vaccinated, Riddell said preventive measures such as wearing masks, “are still the best steps to protect ourselves and limit virus propagation.”

There have been 169 cases of coronavirus in Teton County in the last week and six patients have been hospitalized.

Meanwhile, 500 miles north at Glacier National Park, a mask mandate was reinstated on Thursday.

One of two counties adjacent to the park reported a High Community Level of COVID-19, much like Teton County.

The impact on visitors will be “fairly low,” a public information officer told Montana Public Radio.

“The mask wearing mandate applies to federal buildings,” Gina Kerzman said.  “So the employees who work inside of the federal buildings are mostly who this is affecting.”

She said rangers will avoid the mandate by moving park activities outdoors.

A tweet announcing the mandate further stated that the requirement was for everyone including those who have been vaccinated.

The announcement was immediately greeted with a great number of profanities and obscene gifs, although there was some support for the measure.

“It’s a small price to pay,” responded one commenter, to which he was immediately given an animated finger and a cartoon of the characters “Beavis and Butthead” pulling down their pants as if to moon the respondent.

There has been no word yet regarding similar requirements in other national parks such as Yellowstone or Grand Teton.

Calls to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks were not returned late Friday afternoon.

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Air Force Sergeants At F.E. Warren Sue Defense Department Over Vaccine Mandate

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Two members of the U.S. Air Force stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne are suing the U.S. Defense Department, challenging the constitutionality of its coronavirus vaccine mandate.

Nicholas Miller and Levi Lindskog, both technical sergeants, claim their rights to religious freedom have been violated by enforcement of the mandate and are asking the U.S. District Court in Cheyenne to stop its enforcement for all Air Force personnel who have asked for a religious exemption.

“(The Defense Department’s) actions, as described herein, including but not limited to, the hostility towards religious beliefs, as well as the creation of secular exemptions from its policies, while refusing to accommodate religious exemptions, constitute a violation of the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause,” said the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday.

The lawsuit stems from President Joe Biden’s executive order issued in September of 2021 ordering all federal employees to obtain the coronavirus vaccine. The Defense Department handed the order down to the armed forces.

According to the lawsuit, Miller and Lindskog both applied for a religious exemption from the requirement, two of more than 3,700 such requests filed by Air Force personnel.

“Astoundingly, the Air Force — at the direction of the (Defense Department) — has approved approximately 13,” the lawsuit said. “At the same time … the Air Force has approved thousands of administrative or medical exemptions to the same requirement.”

According to the lawsuit, Miller and Lindskog both asked for religious exemptions to the mandate because, according to their court filing, Johnson and Johnson used a “fetal cell line” to produce and manufacture its vaccine. 

According to a Michigan Department of Health statement filed with the lawsuit, the cells used were grown in a lab using the cells from “two elective pregnancy terminations that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s.”

The cells were not used in the production of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but the cells were used in the vary early testing of those vaccines, the statement said.

Both men believe abortion is murder, the lawsuit said, and believe that taking the vaccine would be a sin as a result.

Miller has received several letters of reprimand for his refusal to get the vaccine and now faces discharge from the Air Force after more than 17 years of service.

The lawsuit did not specify if any action has been taken against Lindskog, a 19-year member of the Air Force.

The two challenged the denial of their religious exemption requests and the lawsuit noted that many other members of the Air Force have been granted exemptions for other reasons.

“To be clear and without limitation, the Air Force has accommodated numerous airmen’s requests to be exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or administrative reasons, belying any claim that COVID-19 vaccination is a must for mission accomplishment,” the lawsuit said

The lawsuit accuses the Defense Department of violating the men’s constitutional rights to the free exercise of religion and the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a 1993 law prohibiting the government from placing burdens on a person’s ability to practice their religion.

The lawsuit asks the court to issue an injunction barring enforcement of the vaccine mandate not only against Miller and Lindskog, but against “others similarly situated” while the court case is being argued.

It also asks the court to declare the Defense Department’s mandate unconstitutional and illegal.

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Eight More Covid-Related Deaths in Wyoming

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The number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been tied to the coronavirus since it was first detected in Wyoming has climbed to 1,791.

The Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday that eight more deaths which occurred in February and March had been tied to the illness.

The most recent victims include three Fremont County women and two Campbell County women.

Others whose deaths have been tied to the illness are a Goshen County man, a Laramie County man and a Natrona County man.

The announcement was made Tuesday as department figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases in the state had fallen to 60.

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40 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Tuesday; 101 Recoveries; 60 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case count decreased by 43 on Tuesday from Friday. 

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 101 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases from Saturday through Tuesday.

At the same time, the state reported 40 new laboratory-confirmed and 16 new probable cases, leaving the state with 60 active cases.

Laramie County had 17; Natrona seven; Albany and Teton six; Sweetwater five; Weston four; Uinta three; Fremont, Lincoln and Sheridan two; Campbell, Carbon, Crook, Goshen, Niobrara, and Platte had one, while Big Horn, Converse, Hot Springs, Johnson, Park, Sublette and Washakie, all reported 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 156,112 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 154,262 have recovered.

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56 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 32 Recoveries; 113 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 36 to end the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 32 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases between Tuesday and Friday. 

At the same time, the state reported 56 new laboratory-confirmed and 12 new probable cases for an active case total of 113 on Friday.

Laramie County had 28 cases, Teton 16; Albany 12; Sweetwater 11; Natrona 10; Campbell nine; Washakie seven; Fremont six; Goshen four; Sheridan three; Park and Weston two; Platte, Sublette and Uinta one, and Big Horn, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Hot Springs, Johnson, Lincoln and Niobrara all reported 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 156,056 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 154,161 have recovered.

Poop Surveillance Declines In Wyoming, Rising Use In Other Parts Of the Country

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming was among the first states to participate efforts to test wastewater to determine trends in COVID-19 infections.

And now other areas of the country are turning to the technology to track the illness, although Wyoming’s state-sponsored testing has ended.

Cody was the first community in the state, back in April of 2020, to begin sending samples of the city’s sewer water to a private lab in Massachusetts. BioBot Laboratories analyzed the samples, determining the percentage of the population that was infected with the coronavirus.

The Health Department later launched its own program, testing samples from communities around the state.

“Probably within six months … the … Wyoming Department of Health started a testing program as well,” said Phillip Bowman, Cody’s Public Works director. “They did that testing free of charge, using funding that the Department of Health received to start a program and equip their own laboratory. So we started sending our samples to them, and they were tracking that at a state level with I believe maybe 15 or more communities.”

“We had a robust wastewater monitoring system in place for COVID-19,” said Kim Deti, spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Health. “As part of that system, we provided training and paid operators for sample collection.”

Bowman told Cowboy State Daily that the Department of Health would update its website with data from the lab analysis, which provided local officials with information they could use to make decisions to best protect their citizens.

The process worked well, according to Brandon Price, manager for Gillette’s wastewater treatment facility.

“People did appreciate seeing those numbers to assist in tracking,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “The administration, as well as us here in the wastewater department, were also tracking those numbers using that website.”

However, the funding for the wastewater collection program ended in December.

“The CARES Act funding we were using for the effort did end,” Deti said. “There has not been a firm decision on future wastewater monitoring options.”

While the statewide program has ended in Wyoming, the use of wastewater monitoring is now getting noticed in more urban areas. 

The Wall Street Journal this week reported on the wastewater monitoring operation in Boston, Massachusetts, which has revealed a decline in the presence of the coronavirus in some parts of the metropolitan area and growth in others. 

The article pointed to wastewater testing as a “growing effort” to monitor the virus across the country, citing a rising use of the technique in more populated areas.

But with COVID-related hospitalizations on the decline in Wyoming, Deti said the Department of Health has made no decisions regarding the future of the monitoring program.

“At this point we aren’t certain about pursuing potentially available funding for future wastewater monitoring,” she said. “Any consideration of our options would weigh costs and staff resources as related to the potential benefits of wastewater monitoring in Wyoming. We have not made a permanent decision on this for the future.”

However, Cody’s investment in monitoring equipment two years ago was made with a longer-term purpose in mind, according to Bowman.

The equipment is now being used to help the city make wastewater treatment decisions, he said.

“We definitely purchased it with the intent of keeping it afterwards and having it available for other sampling throughout our wastewater system,” he said. “For our case, at the City of Cody, our sampling device allows us to utilize it after the pandemic need was diminished, and so with the aid of the state’s program, we’ve continued to use that on our wastewater sampling for wastewater treatment purposes.”

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14 More Covid-Related Deaths in Wyoming

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The number of Wyoming deaths linked to the coronavirus since it was first detected in Wyoming has increased to 1,783, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

The department announced Tuesday that the deaths of 14 more Wyoming residents in February and March have been tied to the illness.

The deaths include three Laramie County men and three Natrona County residents, two women and one man.

A Park County man and woman were also among the deaths, as were a Sheridan County man and woman.

Other victims included a Campbell County woman, a Converse County man, a Lincoln County man and a Sweetwater County man.

The announcement came on the same day Department of Health figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming had fallen by 23 to total 77.

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Two-Year Covid Anniversary: Gordon Says Wyoming Handled Pandemic “Very Well”

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s decision not to impose any kind of a “stay-at-home” order at the height of the coronavirus pandemic was the right one, Gov. Mark Gordon said Monday.

Gordon, speaking to reporters following the end of the Legislature’s budget session, reflected on the emergency declaration issued because of the coronavirus that was allowed to expire Monday after being in place for two years.

Gordon noted that the state was one of just a handful not to tell its residents to “shelter in place” and the decision turned out to be the right one.

“I’m very proud that we stood up for people’s liberties,” he said. “There were only seven of us that refused to really put some kind of ‘stay-at-home’ orders in place. And I think all of us have had a really good track record showing that we didn’t need to do that.”

Gordon said he feels Wyoming did a good job of managing the illness, which forced the shutdown of much of the nation after it was discovered in early 2020.

“I think the state did very well,” he said. “And I know not everybody’s happy and I certainly understand that, but when I think you look at our achievements, starting with school days … we have … reportedly the most school days in-person, percentage-wise, of any state in the nation I know a lot of my Republican colleagues are talking about that, too.”

Although Wyoming was competing with other states for scarce federal resources, such as personal protective equipment, it was able to do so successfully, Gordon said.

“I’m glad that we punched well above our weight in that effort,” he said.

Gordon praised the state’s public health laboratory for developing testing techniques and mediums that allowed the state to keep up with COVID testing even when national supplies were slim.

He also noted the state’s residents did what they could to minimize the impact of the illness, even though some may have objected to the restrictions put in place on businesses in 2020.

“When I looked around the state at the people of Wyoming … they were really good about what needed to be done and how they needed to address it,” he said. “I’m very proud of the fact that … people got (to) stress their points of view, their dissatisfaction with what the state government was doing. You know, nobody got arrested or thrown in jail because of this.”

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53 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 48 Recoveries; 254 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by nine on Friday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 48 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 53 new laboratory-confirmed and five new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 254 active cases for Friday. 

Laramie had 41 cases, Natrona 31; Teton 29; Fremont 23; Campbell and Goshen 20; Weston 18; Sweetwater 16; Albany 11; Carbon and Sheridan seven; Platte and Uinta five; Big Horn and Park four; Lincoln, Niobrara and Washakie three; Converse two; Crook and Sublette had one each, while Hot Springs and Johnson reported 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 155,744 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,740 have recovered.

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65 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Thursday; 62 Recoveries, 245 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by five on Thursday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 62 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 65 new laboratory-confirmed cases. The number of probable cases declined by eight, the result one of the department’s periodic review of its case numbers. As a result, the state was left with 245 active cases for Thursday. 

Laramie County had 35 cases, Natrona 228; Fremont 25; Teton 21; Weston 19; Sweetwater 18; Goshen 15; Campbell 13; Albany 11; Carbon ten; Platte and Sheridan seven; Big Horn six; Lincoln and Niobrara four; Converse and Uinta three; Hot Springs and Washakie had two, while Crook, Johnson and Sublette reported 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, 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 155,689 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,692 have recovered.

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71 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday; 59 Recoveries; 250 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 12 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 59 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 71 new laboratory-confirmed cases and no change in probable cases, leaving hte state with 250 active cases on Wednesday.

Laramie County had 38 cases, Fremont and Natrona 29; Weston 19; Sweetwater and Teton 18; Campbell and Goshen 16; Platte nine; Carbon and Park eight; Albany, Big Horn and Sheridan six; Uinta five; Lincoln and Niobrara four; Washakie three; Converse, Hot Springs and Sublette had two, while Crook and Johnson reported one. No county reported 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 155,629 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,630 have recovered.

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Wyoming Dept of Health Says Alternatives To COVID Pills Are Available

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming may be toward the bottom of the priority list to receive the antiviral pills developed to treat the coronavirus, but a number of other treatment options exist, according to a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health.

“There are multiple types of COVID-19 therapeutics currently available in Wyoming,” Kim Deti, public information official for the Wyoming Department of Health, told Cowboy State Daily.

Those options include two types of monoclonal antibodies that are given by intravenous infusion, as well as the antiviral medication Remdesivir, which is also administered via IV infusion.

Although the oral medications that have been developed specifically for COVID-19 aren’t currently available in much of Wyoming, Deti said there are other medications available for the treatment of hospitalized COVID patients. 

“These are not in scarce supply and are procured by hospitals the same way as any other medication,” she said.

Deti said as supplies increase, the oral medications will become available at more locations across Wyoming, including at commercial pharmacies.

She noted that one of the priorities for the department is to encourage people to get tested if they have symptoms, as there are medications available that may help reduce the severity of the infection.

“Because supplies of most of these medications are still limited, and some require intravenous infusion, they are primarily being distributed to hospitals around the state,” Deti said, adding that these medications have thus far only been made available to individuals who are at risk of developing severe illness because of underlying medical conditions.

“During the high transmission levels Wyoming experienced with Omicron, we did not have enough supply for all patients who would benefit from these medications, and we asked providers to prioritize the use of these medications for those at highest risk,” Deti said. “Now that we are seeing fewer cases, a higher percentage of the individuals diagnosed with COVID will be able to access these medications.”

The department again urged Wyoming residents to exercise caution because the coronavirus is still active.

“The pandemic is not yet over,” cautioned Deti. “We’re in a new phase, but COVID 19 is not gone. We want to help people avoid serious illness when possible.”

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Covid Pills Not Yet Available in Wyoming; Health Officials Still Urging Caution About Virus

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Although coronavirus cases in Wyoming are dropping rapidly, the illness still poses a threat, according to a public health official, and the latest treatment options have yet to reach the state.

Bill Crampton, Park County’s public health nursing supervisor, said people in the state need to continue guarding against the illness.

“I know the community is fairly exhausted from this process, but I think we’re going to have to guard up for a while longer,” he said. “I think we’ve all come to grips with the idea that it’s going to be a part of our lives.”

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Wyoming stood at less than 400 on Monday, compared to more than 8,000 in January.

The number of patients hospitalized for coronavirus treatment has also dropped, as has the number of deaths linked to the virus. 

New treatments, as well as the widespread availability of vaccines, have allowed officials across the country to drop mask mandates and other restrictions that have been in place for more than two years.

Although the coronavirus is no longer considered a pandemic, when rapidly rising case numbers cross national boundaries, it is still an endemic, Crampton said, one that is regularly found in populations.

However, Crampton said fewer people are signing up to receive vaccines, or boosters, despite continued public health recommendations.

“There are more people right now in Park County not showing up for appointments than do show up for appointments,” he said, explaining that many residents are making appointments to get the shot, but then fail to appear at their scheduled time.

With the release of new treatments for COVID, most notably the new pills created by both Pfizer and Merck, health officials have more options to treat the virus – but Crampton said the new treatments won’t be available in Wyoming for some time yet.

“I spoke with the pharmacist at Walmart yesterday, they are biggest supplier of anti-virals here in the community,” Crampton said. “According to them, they are still some time out, and Walmart is the only place that’s going to carry Paxlovid (Pfizer’s version of the drug) for treatment after you’ve been infected with COVID-19.”

Although President Biden promoted the new COVID pills during his State of the Union address last week, that particular treatment is difficult to manufacture, and the drugs are being parceled out on a per-capita basis. 

Wyoming is only expected to receive 100 courses of the pill to begin with.

The Biden Administration’s plan is to make Pfizer’s antiviral pill widely available, as it is shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization from COVID by about 90%.

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Flu Tracking In Wyo Back After Two Years, Infections Slightly Above Projections

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By Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily

After a hiatus of nearly two years, the Wyoming Department of Health is tracking influenza infections once again.  

The latest available data on flu infection showed an influenza infection rate above what the state Health Department had predicted through most of the current flu season.

The figures showed that flu rates between late October and early March exceeded the projected seasonal average of 2% of those visiting health care providers except during a four-week period in November and December and a one-week period in March.

The highest percentage of flu infections occurred in late January, at just less than 6%.  

Flu activity was “high” in January but waned to “moderate” in late February and now is listed as “minimal”  — in a curve typical of flu seasons historically, according to Department of Health data.     

In a similar report from 2018, flu infection percentages started the flu season lower but peaked at a higher infection rate, topping out at 7% in February.

Hiatus 

The Health Department stopped tracking the flu in the spring of 2020, soon after implementing its rigorous COVID-19 tracking platforms.  

“Flu activity dropped to a very low level in spring 2020 when COVID took over,” WDH spokeswoman Kim Deti wrote Monday in an email to Cowboy State Daily. 

She attributed the drop to “precautions” taken by the state’s residents to slow the spread of COVID.  

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon in March of 2020 instigated a state of emergency which allowed the state to put limits on gatherings, mandate business closures and put other restrictions in place. Those mandates have eased, and Gordon announced Feb. 28 that he plans to end the state of emergency on March 14.  

Delay? 

WDH has posted flu tallies, along with influenza and pneumonia death tallies from October and November 2021 to its website, health.wyo.gov

However, those numbers were not publicly available during those months. According to Deti, they were not posted until Dec. 31. 

“Influenza is tracked by season, not by calendar year,” she wrote, adding that “reported numbers do not show a total picture with flu and never have.”  

Deti explained the delay in posting was the result of burdens on department staff created by COVID.

“Our staff in this area has been carrying a heavy load due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.  

WDH staff, Deti said, now are uploading flu data on a weekly basis.  

Deaths Published

Although the bar graphs logging flu and pneumonia deaths were not accessible via weekly reports during the tracking hiatus, those numbers now have been added into the flu tracking reports.  

The winter of 2020-21 showed generally fewer pneumonia and flu deaths than in the five years prior with between six and nine per month. April and May of 2021 had six and five pneumonia/flu deaths respectively, which was closer to the five-year averages of roughly eight and four.  

The current season from November to February has had generally fewer pneumonia/flu deaths than the six years prior, except for an October 2021 spike to 12 deaths.  

Contributing Causes 

Deti said in the 2020-21 flu season, only one flu death also was listed as a COVID death.  

“This was actually the only reported influenza-related death for the 2020-21 season,” she said, indicating that the other 49 deaths on the mortality graphs are attributable to pneumonia instead.  

So far this season, added Deti, “we have not seen” death certificates listing both COVID and the flu as causes.  

The department’s Records Department declined to provide a tally of ages and underlying death causes in COVID victims in late 2020, saying “listing a decedent’s age and the cause of death… may easily be linked or mapped back to an obituary and the identity of the party.” 

“The WDH will not disclose this death data to the public,” the agency wrote at the time.   

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48 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Tuesday; 186 Recoveries; 238 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case count decreased by 128 on Tuesday.

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

At the same time, the state reported 48 new laboratory-confirmed and 18 new probable cases, leaving the state with 238 active cases for Tuesday.

Laramie County had 49 cases, Fremont 27; Natrona 25; Teton 17; Campbell 15; Sweetwater 14; Carbon 12; Platte ten; Park nine; Albany, Goshen, Sheridan, Uinta seven; Big Horn, Converse, Hot Springs, Sublette and Washakie four; Johnson and Lincoln had three, while Crook, Niobrara and Weston reported 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, 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 155,558 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,571 have recovered.  

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Eight More COVID-Related Deaths in Wyoming

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The number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been tied to the coronavirus has grown to 1,749, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The department announced the deaths of eight more residents, all of which occurred in February, were linked to the illness.

The victims included two Fremont County residents, a man and a woman, two Crook County men, two Natrona County men, a Laramie County woman and a Campbell County man.

The announcement came the same day Health Department figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming had fallen to 238.

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69 New Coronavirus Cases On Friday; 42 Recoveries; 361 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 35 on Friday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 42 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 69 new laboratory-confirmed and eight new probable cases for a total of 361 active cases on Friday.

Laramie had 69 cases, Fremont 43; Natrona 40; Teton 24; Albany 21; Sweetwater 19; Weston 18; Campbell and Goshen and Sheridan 15; Carbon 14; Platte nine; Park and Washakie eight; Big Horn and Lincoln six; Hot Springs and Sublette five; Johnson, Niobrara and Uinta four; Crook had three, while Converse reported 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, 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 155,246 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,324 have recovered.

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57 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Thursday; 86 Recoveries; 326 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 14 on Thursday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 86 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 57 new laboratory-confirmed and 15 new probable cases to leave Wyoming with 326 active cases.

Laramie County had 69 cases, Fremont and Natrona 33; Albany 25; Teton 19; Sweetwater and Weston 18; Campbell 15; Carbon, Goshen and Sheridan 14; Platte and Washakie seven; Park six, Bog Horn, Hot Springs, Lincoln Sublette and Uinta five; Niobrara four; Crook three; Johnson had two, while Converse reported 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 155,349 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,282 have recovered.

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83 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday; 67 Recoveries; 340 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 26 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 67 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Wednesday. 

At the same time, the state reported 83 new laboratory-confirmed and 10 new probable cases, leaving it with 340 active cases for Wednesday

Laramie County had 62 cases, Fremont and Natrona 33; Sweetwater 25; Goshen and Teton 21; Albany and Campbell 20; Weston 18; Carbon 15; Sheridan 13; Park and Platte eight; Uinta and Washakie seven; Lincoln six; Sublette five; Crook, Hot Springs and Niobrara four; Big Horn and Johnson had three, while Converse reported 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, 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 155,277 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,196 have recovered.

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Wyoming Department of Health Announces 23 More Covid-Related Deaths

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The number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been linked to coronavirus since the illness was first detected in the state has increased by 1,741, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The department announced it had tied the deaths of 23 people in January and February to the illness.

The deaths included five Laramie County women and five Fremont County residents, three men and two women.

Other deaths included three Park County residents, two women and one man, two Goshen County women and a Natrona County man and woman.

Also included in the fatalities were a Campbell County man, a Carbon County man, a Crook County woman, a Johnson County woman, a Lincoln County woman and a Uinta County man.

The announcement came the same day as department figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming fell to 314, a decline of 251 from Monday.

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56 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Tuesday; 311 Recoveries; 314 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 251 on Tuesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 311 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Tuesday. 

At the same time, the state reported 56 new laboratory-confirmed and 27 new probable cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s active case total to 314.

Laramie had 62 cases, Fremont 36; Natrona 34; Teton 25; Sweetwater 20; Campbell 19; Albany 18; Sheridan 16; Goshen 15; Carbon 14; Platte nine; Uinta eight; Hot Springs and Sublette six; Lincoln five; Big Horn and Crook four; Park, Washakie and Weston three; Niobrara had two, while Converse and Johnson reported 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, 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 155,184 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 153,129 have recovered.

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158 New COVID Cases In Wyoming On Monday; 125 Recoveries; 565 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 67 over the weekend.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports from Saturday through Monday of 125 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 158 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 34 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 565 active cases Monday.

Laramie County had 121 cases, Natrona 74; Fremont 64; Sweetwater 41; Campbell 40; Albany 33; Goshen and Sheridan 27; Carbon 25; Teton 24; Washakie 13; Lincoln 12; Platte 11; Weston ten; Park nine; Hot Springs and Niobrara six; Sublette and Uinta five; Big Horn, Crook and Johnson had four, while Converse reported 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 155,101 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 152,818 have recovered.

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91 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 94 Recoveries; 498 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 18 on Friday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 94 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 91 new laboratory-confirmed and 21 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 498 active cases on Friday

Laramie County had 98 cases, Natrona 66; Fremont 50; Campbell 40; Sweetwater 36; Teton 35; Albany 26; Sheridan 25; Carbon and Washakie 18; Goshen 14; Park 12; Lincoln 11; Uinta ten; Platte nine; Big Horn seven; Hot Springs and Niobrara five; Johnson and Weston four; Sublette had three, while Converse and Crook reported 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, 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 154,909 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 152,693 have recovered.

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Wyo Health Officials Don’t Know When COVID Will Stop Being Public Health Issue

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The number of active coronavirus cases continues to fall in Wyoming, with none of the state’s counties having more than 100 cases and several having active case counts in the single digits.

These figures mark a significant downward trend from the past several months, when the Omicron variant was blamed for pushing the number of active cases in the state to more than 8,000.

As of Thursday, Converse County had the fewest active cases at two, followed by Crook, Hot Springs, Sublette and Weston counties with three each. The highest number of active cases – 91 – was reported in Laramie County.

Hospitalizations affiliated with the COVID-19 virus likewised continue on a downward trend with 62 hospitalizations reported on Thursday compared to 167 at the first of the month.

Wyoming Department of Health officials said they are pleased to see fewer cases and hospitalizations compared to recent weeks, but stopped short of saying when  COVID-19 might no longer be a public health issue.

“At this point, we don’t know for sure what the future will bring related to COVID-19.” Kim Deti, public spokesperson for WDH, said. “However, it is clear at this time that people can still get very sick from COVID-19 and we continue to recommend vaccination and booster doses for everyone.” 

It’s unclear how accurate the active case numbers are throughout the state given that some people are utilizing the free, at-home COVID-19 test kits. There is no system for reporting positive test outcomes to the Department of Health.

“There is not a consistent or reliable way for that information to be collected at this point,” Deti said. “However, that is outweighed by the benefits of individuals being able to test themselves at home.”

Those patients who do test positive are encouraged to follow the same recommendations as those tested by a healthcare professional, Deti added, including staying home and keeping away from other people, especially individuals who may be at higher risk for severe illness. 

So far this season, influenza activity also appears to be going down, Deti said, though those numbers are not reported as accurately as COVID cases. 

Deti noted flu season officially runs from October through May, so those numbers may not remain low for the rest of the year. 

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127 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Thursday; 141 Recoveries; 480 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by six on Thursday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 141 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Thursday. 

At the same time, the state reported 127 new laboratory-confirmed and eight new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 480 active cases on Thursday.

Laramie County had 91 cases, Natrona 63; Fremont 47; Teton 42; Campbell 41; Sweetwater Carbon 21; Albany 20; Washakie 17; Sheridan Lincoln 14; Park 13; Platte ten; Goshen nine; Uinta eight; Big Horn seven; Niobrara five; Johnson four; Crook Hot Springs, Sublette and Weston had three, while Converse reported 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, 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 154,797 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 152,599 have recovered.

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86 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday, 166 Recoveries; 486 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus decreased by 53 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 166 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 86 new laboratory-confirmed and 27 new probable cases, leaving the state with 486 active cases.

Laramie County had 89 cases, Natrona 68; Sweetwater 49; Fremont 48; Campbell and Teton 41; Washakie 25; Carbon 18; Albany 16; Sheridan 15; Lincoln 13; Park and Platte nine; Goshen eight; Sublette and Uinta seven; Big Horn six; Converse four; Hot Springs, Johnson and Weston had three, while Converse and Niobrara reported 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, 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 154,662 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 152,458 have recovered.

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National Podcast Yanked From YouTube After Interviewing Wyoming Doctor About COVID Treatments

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A national podcast was yanked from YouTube after airing an interview with a Wheatland doctor who was fired after prescribing coronavirus treatments against the recommendations of the hospital he worked for.

The incident involving Dr. Willard Woods and his interview on the podcast “Tales from the Crypt” has sparked discussions about what constitutes medical misinformation and censorship.

 “It’s Orwellian,” podcast host Marty Bent told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “When you think of the number of people who could have been prevented from dying if they would have been allowed to take the medication.”

Bent said he was told by YouTube that his interview with Dr. Woods violated the company’s medical misinformation policy because it contained “claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradict expert consensus from local health authorities of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

During the podcast, Dr. Woods — who declined to be interviewed by Cowboy State Daily — told Bent of prescribing hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin and other medications not specifically recommended for treatment of coronavirus.

Dr. Woods described how he was fired by Platte County Memorial Hospital, owned by Banner Health, after three warnings to stop administering those medications, a practice the company called “risky.”

The doctor also questioned the safety of giving vaccines and boosters to those with strong natural immunity from the virus, saying he’s seen patients who have gotten “terribly sick” after getting the shot.

After the interview aired, Bent said YouTube pulled the podcast within 12 hours. He was also told that the interview marked the second time his podcast had violated YouTube rules and if it happened another time, it would be removed permanently.

Bent has since posted the interview on Rumble. 

The banning of the video as well as the firing of Dr. Woods represents what Bent said he sees as increasing encroachments on American freedoms and alternative points of view, which in this case, he argued has cost lives.

Bent found out about Dr. Woods’ firing from one of his Wyoming friends in the cryptocurrency business. The friend had been one of Dr. Woods’ patients.

Bent reached reached out to the Dr. Woods to be interviewed on his podcast.

Bent said he was struck by what he saw as great courage and conviction on the part of the 75-year-old Wheatland OB-GYN who had been fired for continuing to prescribe medications the clinic did not recognize as safe for patients. 

“You are toward the end of your career and it seems like you got screwed over pretty bad for trying to do what you thought was best for your patients in terms of treating them with the medicines that are not supposed to be named, like ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and some other remedies that aren’t a jab in the arm,” Bent told Dr. Woods at the start of the podcast. 

Bent described Dr. Woods as a “true warrior” dedicated to helping others in his community.

“There needs to be more men like you in today’s society,” he told Dr. Woods.

Small-Town Doctor

As the sole certified obstetrician in Wheatland, Dr. Woods has delivered the lion’s share of babies in the county. His house was 67 steps away from the hospital, where he estimated he had delivered around 3,500 babies during his 43-year career. He also took care of general surgeries.

Living in a small town afforded him the luxury of getting to know his patients, he told Bent. He ran into them at rodeos, ranch sales, and the grocery store, and sometimes, he even took the liberty of crumpling a guy’s pack of cigarettes and throwing them in the trash because he could see the adverse effects they were already having on the person.

“You can pick certain people to do that on, but you can’t do that on everyone,” Dr. Woods said.

Despite the manner in which his career ended, Dr. Woods told Bent he wouldn’t change anything for the world. 

He’s loved every bit of his career and his life in Wheatland. Even as a young man he wanted to be a doctor and dreamed of living in a small town since his early days of living in Oklahoma City where he also went to medical school. 

“You’re not just their doctor, you’re also their friend,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to get to watch these babies you deliver grow up and then deliver their babies for them. It’s a unique experience, and I just wouldn’t have changed anything.”

Since being fired from his position, he’s received an outpouring of support from both the community and his former patients, including hundreds of cards and phone calls.

“It was very gratifying to see that people were so gracious, but it also made me feel somewhat guilty that I’m not going to be there for them as much as I would like to be,” he said.

He hasn’t been hurt by this, Dr. Woods said, but his patients have and that’s what hurts him the most. 

Navigating The Unknowns 

When the pandemic first broke out, Dr. Woods – like physicians all over the world and country – scrambled to study everything he could about the disease and potential treatments.

As he searched, it became clear that Google was not the place to find medical information about COVID treatment. His wife suggested he use the search engine DuckDuckGo, where he found much more information.

Armed with the medical studies found on DuckDuckGo and elsewhere, Dr. Woods came to understand why some doctors were treating the coronavirus with anti-viral and anti-parasitic drugs.

Initial studies from France and other countries showed those medications to be quite promising for treating COVID-19.

Just when Dr. Woods was starting to feel confident about the studies he was reading about hydroxychloroquine, a common and generic drug used to treat malaria and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, a new study by Surgisphere appeared in the journals “Lancet” and the “New England Journal of Medicine” stating the drug had actually led to the deaths of nearly 30% to 45% of COVID patients in 671 hospitals worldwide.

“My God, my whole world was blown out from under me because I was thinking here we’ve got a good treatment,” Dr. Woods said. “Thank God, they discovered it was fake, and the people involved in the study were actually a pornographer and science fiction writer.”

Nonetheless, the faux study halted 40 studies on hydroxychloroquine worldwide. Within the two weeks, Dr. Woods said, the study was discounted, and researchers discovered the data had been made up. 

A subsequent study by the Henry Ford Foundation showed the triple therapies of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc were effective in easing COVID’s symptoms, prompting Dr.  Woods to take another look. 

First Patient

Platte County was the last county in the state to get its first case, Dr. Woods said, and when the illness finally did surface in June of 2020, the patient was Dr. Woods’ daughter. There were no monoclonal antibodies available at that point, but when she recovered, her immunity was so high that she donated plasma to be used for convalescent treatment and the development of the monoclonal antibodies.

The Platte County Memorial Hospital was later allotted a limited number of monoclonal doses, so Dr. Woods turned to other medications, in addition to the monoclonal antibodies, to stretch the available supply.

He also took hydroxychloroquine himself as a preventive measure once a week, along with vitamins and zinc, and avoided catching COVID. At first, he wasn’t allowed to see patients at all due to his age and risk factors. Later, he could see patients if he signed a release and wore a hazmat suit.

Later, when data showed ivermectin was a more effective treatment alternative, Dr. Woods started taking that as well, he told Bent.

He stressed the ivermectin in question is not the same drug given to animals, which he would not recommend a human take.

Dr. Woods cited a long list of studies in the podcast backing the alternative medications as safe, including a study in India involving 350,000 health care workers who took hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure with good results. 

Dr. Woods pointed to the disparity in the number of COVID-related deaths in India and the U.S., with India having significantly lower deaths, which he attributed to that country’s use of antiviral and anti-parasitic drugs both as preventive measures and as remedies administered in the early stages of the virus.

“If these drugs just lowered the death rate by 10%, and they hardly cost anything…and they’re safe and you’re only taking them for a few days, why in the world would you not do that?” Dr. Woods asked.

Other studies looked at how effective the medication was after a patient was already on a ventilator, skewing the results, Dr. Woods said.

He cited more than 40 other studies that showed the drugs had favorable results within the proper dosages.

Dr. Woods also explained that the drugs worked against the virus and added it is important that the disease be treated within three to five days of diagnosis before the virus invades the lung tissue. 

Yet, in the United States, these drugs were not authorized for treatment for COVID by the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and Federal Drug Administration. 

Dr. Woods told Bent he could not understand why these medicines were not used early in the illness.

“And for ERs to test someone that sick and they test positive for COVID and say, ‘We can’t do anything for you,’” he said. “Other than take Tylenol, go home, isolate yourself for whatever number of days they decide on, and then just come back if you get real sick and real short of breath and not even offer them vitamins, not even talk about monitoring their oxygen level with an oximeter.”

Firing

In the end, Dr. Woods was fired after three warnings to not prescribe the drugs, which were deemed dangerous by the hospital. Primarily, he said, the hospital leaders thought there was a risk of his using hydroxychloroquine. 

“They called my behavior risky,” he said. 

 When questioned, Dr. Woods said he attempted to provide studies and data backing his choice of medications, but his arguments ultimately fell on deaf ears. 

Such reactions are what Bent described as “crimes against humanity” in the way the pandemic was handled to the detriment of people.

“One of the most disgusting things about this whole debacle was the way it seems to have been politicized by the corporate media, politicians and whoever it may be that had a special interest in big pharma,” Bent said, “to the extent that it divided the country.”

Both Bent and Dr. Woods see irreparable harm in the ways scientific debate was essentially squashed during the pandemic. 

Bent said he wondered how many people would still be alive if they had access to the medications prescribed by Dr. Woods.

“We are in the fight of our lives in terms of being able to live free in the digital age,” Bent said. “World War III is here. It’s just not the hot war people are used to. It’s a psychological war.”

As for Dr. Woods, he said he appreciated the support of his community. 

“The people of Platte County don’t think I’m crazy,” he said. “I don’t espouse to any conspiracy theories. Really, I’m here today to tell you that I’ve treated about 500 people and none of them have died. They’ve all done well. And I can tell you this: it works.”

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29 New Deaths Associated With Covid Virus in Wyoming

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The number of Wyoming deaths linked to the coronavirus has increased to 1,718, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

The department said the deaths of 29 people in January and February have been linked to the illness.

The newly reported deaths included 10 Laramie County residents, six men and four women, three Natrona County residents, two men and one woman, and three Fremont County residents, two women and one man.

Other victims included an Albany County man and woman, a Campbell County man, a Crook County woman, a Hot Springs County man, two Park County men, two Sheridan County women, a Sweetwater County woman, a Teton County man, a Washakie County woman and a Weston County woman.

The announcement came on the same day the department announced the number of active coronavirus cases in the state had dropped by 415 over the long holiday weekend to total 539.

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403 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming; 853 Recoveries; 539 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 415 over the weekend.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 853 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 403 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 64 new probable cases, leaving the state with 539 active cases on Tuesday

Laramie County had 96 cases, Natrona 69; Fremont 57; Teton 52; Campbell 51; Sweetwater 39; Sheridan 24; Park and Washakie 20; Carbon 18; Lincoln 17; Albany 15; Platte 12; Uinta 10; Big Horn and Sublette seven; Goshen six; Crook, Johnson and Weston four; Hot Springs three, while Converse and Niobrara reported 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, 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 154,549 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 152,292 have recovered.

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Northern Arapaho Tribe Requires COVID Booster For Employees

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The Northern Arapaho Tribe is requiring its employees who are eligible for the coronavirus booster shot to get the extra vaccination.

Jordan Dresser, the chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council, told Cowboy State Daily that the booster shot was mandated last month to make sure all of the tribe’s services remained available to its members.

He added that only one employee left the tribe’s employment in the face of the mandate.

One of two sovereign American Indian tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fremont County, the NAT government owns several businesses, including the Wind River Hotel and Casino, which has roughly 500 employees. 

The tribe also owns the Wind River Family and Community Healthcare clinic, convenience stores, the Arapaho Ranch and other businesses.  

The NABC is the executive governing body of the tribe. It also has many legislative powers.  

NAT Public Health Officer Dr. Paul Ebbert said that the loss of employees at the Wind River Cares medical clinic was worse back in September, when the tribe issued its original mandate for employees to take the first available vaccinations.

Some clinic workers walked away, Ebbert said.  

“We did lose some staff” last fall, he said.

“And I don’t know about the tribe, but (they didn’t lose) very many,” he added. “In the end most people got their vaccine.”  

The employee losses hurt operations at the clinic “a little bit,” Ebbert said.  

But since then, “We’ve increased our pay to nurses to try and recruit and retain them,” he said.  

Ebbert said the strain of the pandemic also could be prompting nurses to leave the profession.  

Shoshone Tribe Not Mandating 

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe, which also occupies the Wind River Indian Reservation, has not mandated COVID vaccines for its employees, but has continued a practice of weekly testing.  

However, buildings run by the EST have been limited 50 percent of capacity — 25 percent if found noncompliant of 50 percent capacity requirement.

The Intertribal Business Council, made up of both tribes’ governing councils, still has an indoor mask mandate throughout the reservation, and still has a vaccine order in place for employees under the governance of both tribes. 

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202 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 97 Recoveries; 954 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 135 on Friday to end the week.  

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

At the same time, the state reported 202 new laboratory-confirmed and 30 new probable cases to leave the state with 954 active cases on Friday.

Two counties had more than 100 active cases.

Laramie County had had 193 cases, Fremont 127; Natrona 88; Campbell 82; Teton 77; Sweetwater 59; Carbon 48; Albany 46; Sheridan 36; Goshen 34; Lincoln 29; Park 24; Hot Springs and Uinta 16; Washakie 15; Platte 14; Converse 11; Weston ten; Sublette eight; Big Horn seven; Johnson had six, while Crook and Niobrara reported four.

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 154,082 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 151,439 have recovered.

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164 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Thursday; 268 Recoveries; 819 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 81 on Thursday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 268 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Wednesday. 

At the same time, the state reported 164 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 23 new probable cases to leave the state with 819 active cases for Thursday.

Only one county reported over 100 active cases. 

Laramie County had 180 cases, Natrona 78;  Fremont 75; Campbell 73; Teton 69; Sweetwater 52; Albany 45; Carbon 44; Sheridan 30; Goshen 25; Lincoln 22; Park 20; Hot Springs 16; Uinta 16; Washakie 12; Big Horn 16 and Platte 11; Converse ten; Weston nine; Sublette seven; Johnson had six, while Crook and Niobrara reported four.

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 153,850 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 151,342 have recovered.

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281 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday; 274 Recoveries; 901 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 55 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 274 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 281 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 47 new probable cases, leaving Wyomign with 901 active cases on Wednesday.

Two counties reported more than 100 active cases. 

Laramie County had 192 cases, Fremont 104; Natrona 92; Sweetwater 76; Campbell 707; Teton 57; Carbon 42; Albany 40; Sheridan 37; Goshen, Lincoln and Park 26; Hot Springs and Washakie 17; Uinta 16; Sublette 13; Big Horn ten; Converse and Weston nine; Platte had seven; while Crook, Johnson and Niobrara reported 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, 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 153,663 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 151,074 have recovered.

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COVID-Related Deaths Increase By 22 In Wyoming; 1,689 Total Since Pandemic Began

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The number of Wyoming deaths connected to the coronavirus since it was first discovered in Wyoming in March of 2020 has grown to 1,689, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The department said the deaths of another 22 residents in January and February have been linked to COVID.

The deaths included four Laramie County residents, three women and one man, and four Sheridan County residents, three women and one man.

Also among the victims were three Campbell County residents, two men and one woman, three Natrona County residents, two women and one man, and three Sweetwater County residents, two women and one man.

Other fatalities included two Converse County women, a Fremont County man, a Park County woman and a Sublette County woman.

The news was released on the same day Department of Health figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases in the state fell again, dropping by 132 to total 846.

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170 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Tuesday; 350 Recoveries; 846 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 132 on Tuesday.  

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 350 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Tuesday. 

At the same time, the state reported 170 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 70 new probable cases to leave Wyoming with 846 active cases.

Only one county reported more than 100 active cases — Laramie with 180.

Fremont and Natrona counties had 93; Sweetwater 77; Campbell 67; Teton 51; Sheridan 43; Albany 34; Park 30; Lincoln 29; Carbon 22; Goshen and Hot Springs 19; Washakie 17; Sublette 15; Uinta 11; Platte nine; Crook and Weston eight; Converse seven; Big Horn six; and Johnson had six, while Niobrara five reported three.

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 153,335 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 150,800 have recovered.

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444 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Monday; 1,284 Recoveries; 978 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 770 over the weekend.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,284 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases from Saturday through Monday. 

At the same time, the state reported 444 new laboratory-confirmed cases and 70 new probable cases for a total of 978 active cases on Monday.

This is the first time the active case totals have dropped below 1,000 since Aug. 2, when the total stood at 979.

Three counties had more than 100 cases.

Laramie County had 197 cases, Fremont 129; Natrona 107; Sweetwater 85; Campbell 81; Albany 51; Teton 48; Sheridan 37; Park 36; Lincoln 31; Carbon 25; Goshen 23; Hot Springs and Washakie 19; Sublette 17; Crook 15; Platte 12; Converse and Uinta 10; Big Horn nine; Niobrara and Weston had six, while Johnson reported 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, 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 153,095 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 150,450 have recovered.

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302 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 424 Recovered; 1,748 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 49 on Friday to tend the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 424 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 302 new laboratory-confirmed aand 73 new probable cases to leave the state with  1,748 active cases on Friday

Only one county had more than 300 active cases, while five had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 302 cases; Fremont 234; Natrona 218; Campbell 164; Sweetwater 153;  Albany 92; Teton 85; Carbon 70; Sheridan 67; Lincoln 42; Goshen, Park and Washakie 41; Converse 33; Sublette 25; Crook 21; Big Horn Hot Springs and Weston 20; Uinta 18; Platte 15; Johnson had 14, while Niobrara reported 12.

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 152,561 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 149,166 have recovered.

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510 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday; 44 Recoveries; 2,410 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 600 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 44 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases on Wednesday. 

At the same time, the state reported 510 new laboratory-confirmed and 134 probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 2,410 active cases for Wednesday.

Only one county had more than 300 active cases and nine had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 397 cases, Fremont 334; Natrona 309; Sweetwater 2348; Campbell 204; Teton 125; Carbon 109; Albany 105; Sheridan 102; Park 67; Lincoln 66; Goshen 53; Washakie 39; Uinta 36; Platte 35; Crook and Sublette 33; Hot Springs and Weston 31; Converse 26; Big Horn 16; Niobrara had 14, while Johnson reported 11.

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 151,803 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 147,726 have recovered.

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287 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Tuesday, 1,055 Recoveries; 1,810 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 635 on Tuesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,055 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 287 new laboratory-confirmed and 150 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 1,810 active cases for Tuesday.

Only one county had more than 300 active cases, while five had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 305 cases, Fremont 242; Natrona 239; Campbell 171; Sweetwater 168; Sheridan 98; Teton 88; Albany 69; Park 63; Carbon; 54; Lincoln 53; Goshen 40; Converse and Uinta 28; Platte 27; Crook and Hot Springs 24; Weston 23; Sublette 22; Washakie 16; Big Horn 12; Johnson had nine, while Niobrara reported seven.

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 151,159 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 147,682 have recovered.

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Dept of Health Reports 17 New COVID-Related Deaths in Wyoming

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The number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been linked to COVID has increased by 17 to total 1,667, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The department announced that the deaths occurred in 11 counties in January and February.

The deaths included four Laramie County residents, two men and two women, and three Sheridan County residents, two men and one woman.

Two Fremont County residents, a man and a woman, were also reported to have died.

Other deaths included a Converse County man, a Goshen County man, a Natrona County man, a Park County man, a Platte County man, a Sublette County woman, a Uinta County woman and a Washakie County woman.

The announcement was made on the same day as department figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases in the state declined by 635 on Tuesday to total 1,810.

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711 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Monday; 1,397 Recoveries; 2,445 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 517 on Monday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,397 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases from Saturday through Monday. 

At the same time, the state reported 711 new laboratory-confirmed and 169 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 2,445 active cases for Monday

Two counties had more than 300 active cases and seven had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 403 cases, Fremont 389; Natrona 280; Campbell 231; Sweetwater 216; Sheridan 121; Albany 109; Teton 89; Carbon 83; Park 78; Lincoln 69; Uinta 55; Goshen 45; Crook 40; Sublette 39; Hot Springs 34; Platte 33; Converse and Weston 30; Washakie 28; Bog Horn 20 Johnson had 13, while Niobrara reported ten. No county reported 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 150,722 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 146,627 have recovered.

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1,170 New Coronavirus Cases On Friday; 1,348 Recoveries; 2,962 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 112 on Friday to end the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,348 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases on Thursday and Friday. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,170 new laboratory-confirmed and 290 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 2,962 active cases on Friday

Three counties had more than 300 active cases, five had more than 200 and nine had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 479 cases. Natrona 396; Fremont had 343; Campbell 262; Sweetwater 217; Sheridan 152; Albany 142; Carbon 124; Teton 103; Park 97; Goshen 95; Lincoln 72; Uinta 70; Sublette 62; Converse 56; Niobrara 54; Washakie 47; Weston 43; Crook 40; Big Horn 34; Johnson 27; Hot Springs had 25, while Platte reported 22. No county reported 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 149,842 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 145,230 have recovered.

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805 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday, 3,451 Recoveries; 2,850 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 2,374 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 3,451 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 805 new laboratory-confirmed and 272 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 2,850 active cases for Tuesday

Three counties had more than 300 active cases, five had more than 200, and nine had more 100. 

Laramie County dropped 620, to 505 cases, while Natrona dropped 394, to 374. Fremont had 312; Campbell 282; Sweetwater 220; Sheridan 160; Carbon 122; Albany 117; Teton 111; Park 88; Uinta 76; Goshen 67; Lincoln 60; Washakie 49; Converse and Sublette 48; Niobrara 39; Weston 37; Johnson 36; Crook 35; Big Horn 31; Platte had 19, while Hot Springs reported 14.

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 148,382 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 143,882 have recovered.

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25 More COVID-Related Deaths Reported By Wyoming Dept of Health

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The number of deaths of Wyoming residents tied to coronavirus has increased to 1,650, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The department announced the deaths of another 25 Wyoming residents in December and January was responsible for boosting the number.

The deaths included six Laramie County residents, five women and one man, four Sweetwater County residents, three men and one woman, and three Park County residents, two women and one man.

Other deaths included a Campbell County man, two Crook County men, a Fremont County man, a Natrona County man and woman, a Lincoln County man, a Niobrara County man, two Sheridan County men, a Uinta County man and a Weston County man.

The news came on the same day the Wyoming Department of Health announced a decline of 285 in the number of active COVID cases around the state.

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566 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Tuesday; 1,060 Recoveries; 5,224 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total decreased by 285 on Monday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,060 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Tuesday. 

At the same time, the state reported 566 new laboratory-confirmed and 234 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 5,224 active cases for Monday

Six counties had more than 300 active cases, nine had more than 200 and 13 had more than 100. Laramie had 1,125 cases; Natrona 723; Fremont 578; Campbell 489; Sweetwater 407; Sheridan 315; Albany 286; Teton 201; Carbon 158; Park 143; Goshen 118; Lincoln 105; Uinta 83; Sublette and Washakie 75; Johnson 62; Converse 61; Weston 57; Crook 52; Hot Springs 36; Platte 35; Big Horn had 32, while Niobrara reported eight.

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 147,305 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 140,431 have recovered.

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1,616 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming on Monday; 1,910 Recoveries; 5,509 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 69 on Monday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,910 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,616 new laboratory-confirmed and 363 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 5,509 active cases for Monday.

Six counties had more than 300 active cases, nine with more than 200 and 12 over 100.

Laramie County had 1,161 cases; Natrona 786; Fremont 612; Sweetwater 462; Campbell 430; Albany 315; Sheridan 287; Carbon 260; Teton 221; Goshen 152; Uinta 101; Lincoln 87; Washakie 84; Converse 64; Sublette 62; Crook and Weston 55; Platte 47; Johnson 46; Hot Springs 40; Big Horn had 31, while Niobrara reported 23.

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 146,505 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 139,371 have recovered.

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1,088 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 956 Recoveries; 5,440 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 441 to end the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 956 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,088 new laboratory-confirmed and 309 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 5,440 active cases for Friday.

Six counties had more than 300 active cases, nine had more than 200 and 14 had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 1,029 cases; Natrona 716; Fremont 591; Campbell 425; Sweetwater 374; Sheridan 302; Carbon 296; Teton 284; Albany 271; Goshen 156; Uinta 152; Converse 130; Park 113; Lincoln 106; Washakie 89; Johnson and Weston 70; Sublette 60; Crook 55; Big Horn 43; Hot Springs 40; Platte had 39, while Niobrara reported 29.

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 144,526 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 137,461 have recovered.

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1,771 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Thursday; 1,030 Recoveries; 4,999 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily. 

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 1,009 on Thursday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,030 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Thursday. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,771 new laboratory-confirmed and 268 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 4,999 active cases for Thursday.

Five counties had more than 300 active cases, nine had more than 200 and 14 had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 953 cases; Natrona 571; Fremont 548; Campbell 397; Sweetwater 330;  Carbon 286; Albany 278; Sheridan 270; Teton 246; Uinta 168; Goshen 142; Converse 118; Park 117; Lincoln 115; Washakie 74; Johnson 69; Weston 59; Sublette 55; Big horn 48; Platte 47; Crook 44; Hot Springs had 36; while Niobrara reported 28.

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 143,129 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 136,505 have recovered.

1,247 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday; 1,597 Recoveries; 3,990 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus case total increased by 32 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,597 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,247 new laboratory-confirmed and 382 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 3,990 active cases for Wednesday.

Four counties had more than 300 active cases, eight had more than 200 and 13 had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 767 cases; Natrona 479; Campbell 360; Fremont 348; Sheridan 271;  Albany 243; Teton 229; Sweetwater 207; Uinta 146; Lincoln 128; Converse 127; Carbon 112; Goshen 100; Park 97; Johnson 62; Sublette and Weston 53; Washakie 46; Crook 43; Platte 40; Hot Springs 40; Big Horn had 31, while Niobrara reported 15.

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 141,090 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 135,475 have recovered.

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Wyoming COVID-Related Deaths Increase By 24; 1,625 Total

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The number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been linked to coronavirus since the illness was first detected in Wyoming has grown to 1,625, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.

The department said another 24 deaths that occurred in December and January are being blamed on the illness.

Eight Laramie County residents, five women and three men, were among the fatalities, as were four Natrona County residents, three women and one man.

Three Campbell County men were also among the victims, as were three Park County residents, two men and one woman.

Other victims included an Albany County woman, a Hot Springs County man, a Platte County woman, a Sublette County man, a Sweetwater County man and a Teton County man.

The announcement came on the same day Department of Health figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming fell by almost half to total 3,958.

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1,172 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Tuesday; 5,375 Recoveries; 3,958 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily. 

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case load decreased by 3,811 on Tuesday. 

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 5,375 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,172 new laboratory-confirmed and 416 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 3,958 active cases for Tuesday.

Four counties had more than 300 active cases, eight had more than 200 and 11 had more than 100. 

Laramie County’s active cases fell by nearly half to 758 cases, while Natrona dropped to 548. Campbell had 347; Fremont 340; Sheridan 248; Sweetwater 248; Albany and Teton 228; Lincoln 125; Converse and Uinta 122; Goshen 97; Park 96; Carbon 91; Johnson 63; Sublette 63; Weston 42; Crook 39; Platte 38; Hot Springs 36; Washakie 34; Big Horn had 18, while Niobrara reported 15.

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 139,461 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 133,878 have recovered.

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2,050 New COVID Cases In Wyoming On Monday; 2,823 Recovered; 7,769 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus decreased by 319 over the weekend. 

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 2,823 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases from Saturday through Monday. 

At the same time, the state reported 2,050 new laboratory-confirmed and 454 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 7,769 active cases on Monday.

Two counties had more than 1,000 active cases, nine had more than 300 and 14 had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 1510; Natrona 1284; Fremont 625; Campbell 744; Sweetwater 565; Teton 525; Albany 509; Sheridan 410; Uinta 360; Lincoln 217; Park 196; Carbon 179; Goshen 174; Johnson 151; Converse 97; Sublette 73; Crook 68; Washakie 66; Weston 64; Hot Springs 47; Platte 46;  Niobrara had 14, while Big Horn reported 12.

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 137,873 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 128,503 have recovered.

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1,519 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 1,132 Recoveries; 8,088 Active

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Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 742 on Friday to end the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 1,132 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases Friday. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,519 new laboratory-confirmed and 355 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 8,088 active cases for Friday.

Two counties had more than 1,000 active cases, 10 had more than 300 and 15 had more than 100. 

Laramie County had 1,519; Natrona 1,279; Fremont 809; Teton 651; Albany 569; Sweetwater 550; Campbell 499; Sheridan 413; Uinta 380; Lincoln 206; Carbon 197; Park 191; Johnson 156; Goshen 141; Converse 132; Sublette 78; Crook 69; Washakie 62; Weston 58; Platte 56; Hot Springs 33; Big Horn had 26, while Niobrara reported 11.

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 135,369 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 125,680 have recovered.

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1,127 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 594 Recoveries; 4,428 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily. 

Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 888 to end the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 594 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 1,127 new laboratory-confirmed and 355 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 4,428 active cases for Friday.

Ten counties had more than 100 active cases and five had more than 300. 

Laramie County had 824 active cases; Teton County had 620; Natrona 595; Fremont 360; Albany 353; Uinta 285; Sweetwater 250; Campbell 231; Sheridan 213; Lincoln 112; Park 98; Carbon 92; Converse 68; Johnson 55; Goshen 53; Sublette 43; Platte 37; Washakie 32; Crook 29; Weston 27; Hot Springs and Big Horn had 21, while Niobrara reported nine.

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 126,468 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 120,452 have recovered.

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583 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Friday; 260 Recoveries; 2,927 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily. 

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case tally increased by 504 on Friday to end the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 260 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 583 new laboratory-confirmed and 181 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 2,927 active cases for Thursday.

Four had more than 200 active cases and nine had more than 100. 

Teton County had 696; Laramie 495; Natrona 380; Albany 290; Uinta 177; Fremont 151; Campbell 136; Sweetwater 129;Sheridan 110; Park 66; Lincoln 52; Johnson 42; Carbon 41; Converse 32; Goshen 27;  Washakie 23; Sublette 21; Platte 17; Crook 14; Weston eight; Big Horn, Niobrara reported seven, while Hot Springs had six.

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 119,857 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 115,358 have recovered.

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Omicron Blamed On Sharp Increase of COVID Cases in Wyoming; Vax & Boosters Urged

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

The highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus is being blamed for a sudden jump in Wyoming coronavirus cases that has seen the number of active cases in the state more than double in the last two weeks.

After falling to fewer than 1,000 in the week leading up to Christmas, Department of Health figures show the number of active cases in the state stood at more than 2,000 as of Thursday.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state’s public health officer, credited the arrival of the Omicron variant in Wyoming as the reason for the increase.

“We are currently seeing big jumps in Wyoming’s case counts again, likely due to the Omicron variant. This is again not like the COVID-19 we have become familiar with because it spreads much more easily between people,” she said. “Unfortunately, when a virus transmits between people easily more people become infected.”

As of Thursday, the state had 2,423 active cases of coronavirus, compared to 1,018 two weeks ago, on Dec. 23.

The most dramatic increase has been seen in Teton County, where the active case count went from 138 on Dec. 23 to 542 on Thursday, the highest number of active cases of any county in the state.

Teton County also has the highest number of fully vaccinated residents at 85%. Albany and Hot Springs counties follow at 54% and 49%, respectively.

The increase of cases in Teton County is the result of an influx of tourists, according to Rachael Wheeler, public health response coordinator for Teton County Health Department, who said cases have been on the rise during the holiday season, despite low numbers this fall.

“More people, more problems,” she said. 

Given the delay for the genetic sequencing required to identify variants, it’s hard to say how many of these new cases are the Omicron variant, Wheeler said, although officials believe that the variant is likely the dominant strand in Teton County and elsewhere. 

Wheeler and the state Department of Health recommended full vaccination — including boosters — for all residents of the state. 

Wheeler also cautioned against drawing a causality between the efficacy of the vaccine and the surge in cases among the vaccinated. 

The vaccines and boosters are doing what they are intended to do, she noted, which is to reduce the severity of symptoms, prevent hospitalizations and help mitigate the spread of the virus.

“The vaccines are helping people get less sick,” she said. “It lessens symptoms and prevents severe illness, even though we are having breakthrough cases.”

Hospitalizations of COVID patients around the state remain low compared to the peak seen in October, when 249 patients were being treated at Wyoming Hospitals. As of Tuesday, the number stood at 63.

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients remain low in Teton County, with six patients currently admitted at St. Johns Medical Center.

However, Wheeler predicted will likely creep up in coming days. 

Wyoming’s increase in cases mirrors one being seen nationally, said Kim Deti, a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health.

“Many places across the country and in the state are seeing rapidly growing case rates and it will not be surprising to see that happen quickly in other Wyoming counties too,” she said. “There are differences between our communities such as tourism and recreation, local testing practices and facility locations to name a few that come in to play as well.”

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792 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Thursday; 340 Recoveries; 2,423 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily. 

Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 655 on Thursday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 340 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 792 new laboratory-confirmed and 223 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 2,423 active cases for Thursday.

Eight counties had more than 100 active cases and one had more than 500. 

Teton County had 542; Laramie 445; Natrona 276; Albany 261; Uinta 164; Fremont 122; Campbell 118; Sweetwater 107;Sheridan 88; Park 57; Lincoln 43; Johnson 41; Carbon 31; Goshen 19; Converse and Sublette 18; Platte and Washakie 17; Crook 13; Big Horn, Niobrara and Weston reported seven, while Hot Springs 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, 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 119,093 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 115,098 have recovered.

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505 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming On Wednesday; 450 Recoveries; 1,768 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily. 

Wyoming’s active coronavirus increased by 259 on Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 450 recoveries Tuesday among those with confirmed or probable cases. 

At the same time, the state reported 505 new laboratory-confirmed and 204 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 1,768 active cases for Wednesday.

Six counties had more than 100 active cases and one had more than 300. 

Teton County had the highest number at 348; Laramie 293; Albany 204; Natrona 184; Uinta 152; Fremont 101; Campbell 99; Sheridan 75; Sweetwater 73; Park 48; Lincoln 43; Johnson 23; Goshen 22; Carbon 21; Washakie 16; Sublette 15; Platte 13; Crook nine; Converse eight; Weston seven; Big Horn and Hot Springs had five, while Niobrara had four.

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 118,098 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 114,758 have recovered.

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