Statewide Cases at 384 between confirmed and probable
The number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming rose by eight on Tuesday, the day after the state's first coronavirus-related death was confirmed.
April 15, 2020
The number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming rose by eight on Tuesday, the day after the state's first coronavirus-related death was confirmed. There are now 283 confirmed cases in Wyoming and 101 probable cases, according to new data released by the Wyoming Department of Health and Sweetwater County.
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.
However, the state's 384 combined cases are almost certainly an undercount, state and medical officials say, considering the limited amount of testing being done here. The state lab recently began accepting samples only from patients in six "priority categories," and in some counties, hundreds of residents have been asked to self-isolate as if they have the disease.
New cases were reported Tuesday in Laramie (2), Campbell (2), Natrona (1), Fremont (1) and Teton (1) counties. Sweetwater County also announced an additional case, its 10th, which is not yet reflected in the state's count.
Patients have tested positive for coronavirus in 21 of Wyoming's 23 counties. With one recorded fatality, Wyoming still has the lowest number of coronavirus deaths of any state. South Dakota has the second fewest deaths related to the virus, with six, according to the New York Times.
The number of recovered cases rose to 164, of which 129 were lab cases and another 35 were probable. On Monday, there were only two recoveries added, both tied to probable cases.
Nearly 15 percent of the cases required a hospital stay. In under 2 percent of the cases, health officials don't know if the patient was hospitalized.
In about 49 percent of the cases, the patient came in contact with a known case. In another 21 percent of the cases, the patient had traveled either domestically or internationally. Community spread has been attributed to almost 11 percent of the cases. In about 15 percent of Wyoming's cases, health officials don't how the person was exposed to the virus.
Wyoming's case count ranks as the smallest in the U.S. The state's per capita case ranking has fallen in recent weeks; Wyoming has more cases per 100,000 people than nine states, a number that was once as high as 20, according to the Times.
Total cases in Wyoming by county
Laramie: 62 confirmed (25 probable)
Teton: 57 (26)
Fremont: 42 (7)
Natrona: 34 (10)
Campbell: 13 (4)
Johnson: 11 (2)
Sweetwater: 9 (4)
Converse: 8 (5)
Washakie: 5 (3)
Lincoln: 5 (4)
Goshen: 3 (1)
Big Horn: 1 (1)
Hot Springs: 1
Niobrara: 1 (1)
Sublette: 1 (2)