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The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming remained at 575 on Wednesday as the number of new cases and the number of recoveries balanced each other out.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said the number of laboratory-confirmed and probable coronavirus cases seen since the illness was first diagnosed in the state in March went up by 39 on Wednesday, the same increase seen in the number of people to recover from the illness since the pandemic began.

Carbon, Hot Springs, Sheridan, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties all report one new coronavirus case. Fremont, Goshen and Natrona counties each report an increase of two cases; Lincoln and Washakie counties both have four new cases; Laramie County has five new cases; Park County has seven more cases.

August is a small sample size, but so far new daily cases in Teton County have been in the single digits.

“This is what I want to see. I want to see under 10 every day,” Teton County Director of Health Jodie Pond told the Jackson Hole News&Guide. Read the full story on the county's promising downward trend in this week's News&Guide in print or at

The community can learn more about the latest local trends at 3 p.m. Friday during the COVID-19 community update, streamed live from the town of Jackson's website, Once on the Town’s homepage the meeting can be viewed by clicking the “Watch a Meeting” icon.

Local experts will discuss the current situation, mitigation measures, available resources and other actions that can be taken for the community's health and safety. This week's update will include representatives from St. John’s Health, Teton County Health Department, Jackson Town Council, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners. 

The update will be aired live on the following local radio stations: KJAX (93.5 FM), KHOL (89.1 FM) and KMTN (96.9 FM) and archived on the town's website.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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