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STATE UPDATE: Sunday, September 20, COVID case count at 4124, 747 probable, 4111 recovered


September 17, 2020

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Sunday increased by 85 cases to 4,124.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) also reported 747 probable cases along with 49 deaths. The state reported 19 recoveries, 16 from lab-confirmed and three probable cases.

Lab-confirmed case changes today were reported as follows: Albany (29), Campbell (6), Carbon (4), Converse (3), Fremont (2), Goshen (1), Johnson (1), Laramie (6), Lincoln (6), Natrona (7), Platte (1), Sheridan (7), Sublette (2), Sweetwater (1), Teton (5), Uinta (4).

The total number of active coronavirus cases statewide is now 521 lab-confirmed and 639 total including probable.


The WDH lists 4,111 cases recovered.

Number of lab confirmed cases recovered: 3,469

Number of probable cases recovered: 623

A case is defined as 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.


There are four active lab-confirmed cases in Washakie County. The most recent confirmed cases in the county were September 17. The original cluster of 29 cases between May 15 and June 4 saw a majority of the cases at Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation result in five deaths, and another death from a former resident of the facility with permanent Montana residency. A small amount of the original cases were in the community. The original cluster had all cases recovered on July 6 the day before the newest batch of cases. One death was reported on September 1 for a death that occurred in July.

Washakie County Public Health has informed the Northern Wyoming News that they will no longer be providing county-wide testing numbers in their twice weekly situation report as of Aug. 10.

The Wyoming Department of Health shows 102 recoveries, 94 from lab-confirmed cases and eight of the probable cases.

Big Horn County has 46 lab-confirmed cases, five probable cases. The WDH has 44 lab-confirmed and five of the probable cases listed as recovered. The most recent case was confirmed on September 9. One death was recorded of a Big Horn County resident that was hospitalized in another state.

Hot Springs County now has 32 lab-confirmed cases, five probable cases. The most recent case was confirmed on September 19. 25 of the lab confirmed and four of the probables have been listed as recovered.

Park County has reported 186 lab-confirmed cases, 16 probable cases. The most recent case was confirmed on September 18, with 161 of the lab-confirmed cases and 14 of the probable cases having recovered. Two deaths were reported in Park County.

The governor implemented new orders as of August 15, which allows for gatherings of people outdoors with social distancing guidelines of up to 1,000 people, along with other modified state orders that are extended through September 15.

The county is currently still at modified level 2 status.

As of Friday, the WDH reports that there are currently 16 hospitalized patients in the state. Natrona County reported 11 cases. Sheridan County reported three cases. Converse and Laramie Counties reported one case each.

State testing

Total tests completed: 145,425

Tests completed at Wyoming Public Health Laboratory: 59,743

Tests reported by commercial labs: 85,682

(Commercial labs are required to report positive test results to WDH; negative results are not reported consistently.)


Cumulative Cases by County

(First number is laboratory-confirmed cases; second is probable cases. Probable cases are close contacts of lab-confirmed cases with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.) Number in bold indicates active lab-confirmed cases.

Albany: 309 (52) 126

Big Horn: 46 (5) 1

Campbell: 211 (33) 30

Carbon: 185 (29) 18

Converse: 69 (28) 33

Crook: 28 (6) 11

Fremont: 589 (71) 45

Goshen: 65 (10) 16

Hot Springs: 32 (5) 7

Johnson: 24 (6) 2

Laramie: 490 (157) 47

Lincoln: 111 (31) 21

Natrona: 369 (76) 86

Niobrara: 1 (2)

Park: 186 (16) 23

Platte: 14 (6) 5

Sheridan: 175 (67) 48

Sublette: 55 (18) 12

Sweetwater: 305 (18) 5

Teton: 465 (33) 33

Uinta: 274 (60) 16

Washakie: 104 (9) 4

Weston: 17 (6) 1

A recovery is defined as occurring when a patient has gone three days without a temperature and has seen improvement in respiratory problems.

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Helpful Links

General Information

Learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

(CDC information includes prevention strategies, case counts, frequently asked questions and answers, travel guidance.)


If you are sick, please contact your healthcare provider. Wyoming residents with general questions about COVID-19 may send an email to [email protected]

Public health nurses can be a helpful source of information. Learn how to contact Wyoming's public health nursing county offices.


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