Wyoming reports largest single day increase in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 8:11 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 10:11:02-04

On Monday, the Wyoming Department of Health reported the largest single day increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since the pandemic began in March.

There were 62 additional confirmed cases Monday in 11 different counties and 397 probable cases.

As of Monday night, there were 513 active cases in the state and 1,790 confirmed laboratory cases and 24 deaths, reports Sheridan Media.

State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said that the pandemic isn't a short-term situation.

"I know that ever single one of us hoped a few months ago that we were facing a short-term situation," she said. "Unfortunately, COVID-19 remains a serious threat and is simply not yet done with us. The good news is though, is that we all have the power through taking simple actions to change the course of this outbreak for Wyoming."

Teton County led the way with 16 confirmed cases, followed by 10 in Laramie County, nine in Albany County and eight in Sweetwater County.

The number of confirmed cases in Sheridan County rose by one Monday, as there are now 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.

According to the Sheridan County Incident Management Team, 25 of those cases have recovered. Two out of the six active cases in Sheridan County are potentially from community spread.

Dr. Harrist signed a public health order Monday requiring people to wear face coverings indoors at all commercial and retail business in Teton County. The order was requested by the Teton County Health Officer and was supported by local elected officials. Multiple business in Teton County have closed due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.