Daily Wyoming coronavirus update: 67 new cases, 27 new recoveries
The total number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 67 on Wednesday, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 59 and the number of probable cases rising by eight.
August 20, 2020
The total number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 67 on Wednesday, with the number of confirmed cases rising by 59 and the number of probable cases rising by eight, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update.
Twenty-seven new coronavirus recoveries were also announced: 22 confirmed and five probable.
The newly confirmed cases come from Albany, Campbell, Carbon (eight), Converse, Crook (two), Fremont (14), Goshen, Laramie (six), Natrona (two), Park (four), Sheridan (nine), Sublette, Sweetwater (six), Teton, Uinta and Washakie (two) counties. One confirmed case was subtracted from Weston County’s total.
The 59 confirmed cases are tied for the fourth most announced in a single day in Wyoming, and the 67 total cases are the third most.
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 3,430 cases — 2,909 confirmed and 521 probable — and 2,786 recoveries — 2,349 confirmed and 437 probable — recorded in the state, as well as 34 deaths.
As of Wednesday, there have been 90,545 tests performed for COVID-19 in Wyoming, an increase of 1,013 from Tuesday: 43,272 from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and 47,273 reported by other labs. Overall, 62,573 people have been tested.
Testing appears to be lagging in August, according to the Department of Health’s data. In July, the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory conducted an average of 484.1 tests per day. In August, the state lab has yet to record 400 tests in a single day.
More than 80.7% of confirmed patients have fully recovered.
Patients have tested positive for coronavirus in all 23 of Wyoming’s counties. Wyoming has the second lowest recorded number of coronavirus deaths of any state (Alaska), and its death rate (6 per 100,000 residents) is third-lowest to Hawaii and Alaska, according to the New York Times. The state’s infection rate (581 in 100,000) is eighth-lowest among states, also according to the Times, which includes probable counts where they exist.