Eleven new coronavirus cases in five counties brought the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 577 on Monday.
Six of the cases were diagnosed in Natrona County, where officials said 11 new cases have been detected in the last week, including four cases among Wyoming Medical Center employees.
Two of the Medical Center employees tested positive for coronavirus last week, prompting center officials to test all staff who had close contact with them. The result was two more diagnosed cases on Monday.
“The initial investigation showed that two employees diagnosed earlier in the week were traced together, so Wyoming Medical Center made the decision to test all staff who had close contact with the two positive employees over the weekend,” the hospital said in a statement.
The employees are self-quarantining.
Meanwhile, the number of Wyoming deaths linked to the coronavirus increased to 10 on Monday with reports of two state residents in Colorado.
One patient, an older man from Laramie County, died in March, while the other, an older female from Carbon County, died in April.
Although neither patient had been counted in Wyoming’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases, the deaths are attached to Wyoming because they were permanent residents of the state, said Guy Beaudoin, deputy state registrar with the Department of Health.
“When Wyoming residents pass away in another state from a disease such as COVID-19, it is a widely accepted practice to track those deaths based on the location of the person’s permanent residence,” he said.
The Department of Health said in addition to the six new cases in Natrona County, new cases were seen in Albany, Fremont, Hot Springs and Johnson counties on Monday.
As of Monday afternoon, Fremont County had 203 cases; Laramie County had 119; Teton County had 69; Natrona County had 49; Campbell and Sweetwater counties had 16; Converse had 14; Washakie had 13; Sheridan and Johnson had 12; Lincoln had 11; Albany had 10; Uinta had eight; Carbon had seven; Crook had five; Goshen and Hot Springs had four, and Big Horn had two. Niobrara, Park and Sublette counties had one case each.
The number of recoveries seen since coronavirus was first detected in Wyoming in March stood at 504 as of Monday, 367 among patients with confirmed cases and 137 among those with probable cases.
A probable case is defined as one where the patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness. As of Monday, the Health Department said there were 189 such cases.
The Health Department’s figures indicate there are 254 active cases of coronavirus around the state — 202 among those with confirmed cases and 52 among those with probable cases.
The number of active cases is determined by adding the confirmed and probable cases — 766 — subtracting the total number of recoveries and subtracting the number of deaths.