Wyoming reports 33 new COVID-19 cases, 13 new recoveries
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Wyoming reports 33 new COVID-19 cases, 13 new recoveries

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Nurse Cristina Gonzalez collects samples to be sent for COVID-19 testing at a drive in clinic in Arapahoe April 24.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 33 on Monday, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 30 and the number of probable cases rising by three, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update.

Thirteen new coronavirus recoveries were also announced: 10 confirmed and three probable.

Probable cases are defined by officials as close contacts of lab-confirmed cases with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

A patient is considered fully recovered “when there is resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and there is improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) for 72 hours AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

There are now 1,450 cases — 1,151 confirmed and 299 probable — and 1,070 recoveries — 843 confirmed and 227 probable — recorded in the state, as well as 20 deaths.

Patients have tested positive for coronavirus in all 23 of Wyoming’s counties.

Officials have cautioned that the reported numbers are low because of testing limitations, though the availability of testing has increased.

On April 2, the Wyoming Department of Health began restricting testing to six priority categories; potential patients who don’t fall in one of those categories had to be tested by private laboratories. However, the department announced April 23 that it would be able to resume testing patients outside of those six categories, although priority patients’ samples remain at the front of the line.

Cases in Wyoming by county (probable in parentheses)

  • Albany: 31 (3)
  • Big Horn: 11 (3)
  • Campbell: 42 (13)
  • Carbon: 13 (9)
  • Converse: 16 (10)
  • Crook: 7
  • Fremont: 318 (38)
  • Goshen: 4 (1)
  • Hot Springs: 9 (3)
  • Johnson: 16 (4)
  • Laramie: 164 (92)
  • Lincoln: 12 (6)
  • Natrona: 102 (18)
  • Niobrara: 1 (1)
  • Park: 33 (7)
  • Platte: 2
  • Sheridan: 18 (8)
  • Sublette: 3 (3)
  • Sweetwater: 78 (8)
  • Teton: 95 (33)
  • Uinta: 140 (34)
  • Washakie: 34 (5)
  • Weston: 2

Deaths in Wyoming by county

  • Fremont: 9
  • Washakie: 5
  • Laramie: 2
  • Carbon: 1
  • Johnson: 1
  • Natrona: 1
  • Teton: 1

Health Department data

National cases

There have been more than 2.2 million cases nationally, with about 118,000 deaths, according to the New York Times’ running count.

Know the symptoms

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is a respiratory illness. Its symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Symptoms appear within two weeks. If you have contact with a person who has COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days.

Follow the Wyoming Health Department’s tips

Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention.

Follow advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you think you may be sick.

Follow current public health orders.

Follow commonsense steps such as washing your hands often and well, covering your coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting.

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other healthcare facilities should closely follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.

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