EWC reports second case as statewide numbers decline

The number of active coronavirus cases in the state fell by 23 on Monday as Eastern Wyoming College reported its second confirmed case.

In a press release late Monday, Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington announced a second confirmed diagnosis of the novel coronavirus, this case in a student. The release stated the case was related to the first incidence confirmed last week in an on-campus visitor who later tested positive for the virus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19.

According to the release, the student - who reportedly lives off campus - has been self-quarantined since Aug. 27. The last time the student visited campus was Aug. 26 and they reportedly were not in contact with other students.

State-wide, it was reported 45 people with laboratory-confirmed and probable cases had recovered, as of Monday.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said an increase of 22 in confirmed and probable cases across the state was offset by the 45 recoveries, leaving the state with 624 people in the state still ill with the disease.

Carbon County had 130 active cases; Fremont had 81; Laramie had 68; Albany had 47; Campbell had 40; Park had 39; Natrona had 38; Goshen had 37; Sheridan had 36; Teton had 34; Uinta had 15; Sweetwater had 13; Washakie had 12; Lincoln had nine; Converse had eight; Weston had six; Big Horn had four; Crook had three; Hot Springs had two, and Platte and Sublette had one.

Johnson and Niobrara counties had no active cases.

According to Department of Health figures, active cases were found among 534 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus and 90 with probable cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

Eleven counties reported new laboratory-confirmed cases Monday: Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Park, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta and Weston. Campbell and Park counties saw the biggest increase in cases at four each.

The increase brought the total number of confirmed cases diagnosed since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March to 3,264.

The number of probable cases seen since mid-March, cases where patients have coronavirus symptoms and have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, increased by three Monday to total 578.

Meanwhile, the number of people to recover from coronavirus since the pandemic began increased to 3,181, including 2,693 people with confirmed cases and 488 with probable cases.


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