Wyoming, Sweetwater County Active COVID-19 Cases See Slight Increase

Wyoming, Sweetwater County Active COVID-19 Cases See Slight Increase

CHEYENNE — This week, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reports that active cases are at 410 confirmed cases, which is an increase of 23 cases since last Friday.

Last Friday, active cases were at 387 and the week before that there were 357 active cases, marking a steady increase over the past two weeks.

Additionally, Wyoming has 34 hospitalizations statewide as of May 13, which is up by 10 from last Friday, according to the May 13 hospitalization report.

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According to the White House COVID-19 Task Force, Wyoming had a 2.2 percent 14-day positivity rate from April 29 to May 12. This keeps Wyoming in the “yellow zone,” which means the state has moderate transmission levels.

The state had a 2.1 percent 14-day positivity rate from April 21 through May 4.

The WDH reports there have been 49,832 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 48,805 case recoveries, and 712 deaths since the pandemic started in Wyoming. That means two deaths were recorded this week. The state currently has 9,247 probable cases and 410 active cases compared to 387 active cases last Friday.

The WDH’s May 14 vaccination report shows that as of today, Wyoming has received 414,135 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and has administered 178,538 first doses of them, and 157,807 second doses.

The state is reporting it has administered 11,474 doses of 26,400 doses received for the single-dose Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. 

It was announced this week that Wyoming’s statewide COVID-19 public health orders will remain in place through the end of the month, according to the WDH.

Mask use and physical distancing requirements related to educational institutions remain. Indoor events of more than 500 people may be held at 50 percent of venue capacity with specific mask protocols for large indoor events.

WDH recommends masks in indoor public places for people who aren’t fully vaccinated when common-sense physical distancing cannot be maintained among those who don’t live in the same household.

Sweetwater County

The White House COVID-19 Task Force shows that Sweetwater County had a 7.2 percent 14-day positivity rate from April 29 through May 12. That’s a decrease from 8 percent last week. This keeps Sweetwater County in the “orange zone” meaning the county’s transmission levels are moderate to high.

The WDH’s May 13 hospitalization report shows Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) has three COVID-19 related hospitalization. MHSC reports they have four of nine Intensive Care Unit beds available.

According to the WDH, Sweetwater County has had 4,174 lab-confirmed cases, 4,081 case recoveries, and 38 deaths since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 179 probable cases and 61 active cases. Last Friday, Sweetwater County had 45 active cases, marking an increase of 10 cases in the past week.

Sweetwater County Public Health announced Thursday it is ready to start administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to residents 12 and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday in a press release that the Pfizer vaccine has now been approved for children 12 through 15.


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  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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