The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased in the past week by 81 to 557, as Laramie County continued to lead the state in new cases.
Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that in the past week, the department has received 365 new reports of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 131 new reports of probable cases. The number of recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases over the week was 415.
Laramie County alone accounted for 169 new confirmed cases.
Laramie County had a total of 283 active cases; Sweetwater County had 45; and Natrona County had 31.
Teton County had 22 active cases; Albany had 21; Carbon had 20; Fremont and Uinta had 19; Lincoln had 17; Campbell had 16; Platte had 14; Converse had 11; Park and Sublette had seven; Crook, Sheridan and Weston had five; Big Horn, Goshen, Johnson and Washakie had two, and Hot Springs and Niobrara had one.
The new confirmed and probable cases brought the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 since it was first detected in Wyoming to 63,138. Of those, 61,830 people have recovered, according to Health Department figures, and 751 have died.
State health officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated, their reasoning buoyed by data gathered from a study of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent months.
A review of more than 2,400 lab-confirmed and probable cases identified among Wyoming residents age 16 and older between May 1 and June 15 showed that just under 95% of the individuals do not report being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
During the same period, of the nearly 150 persons infected by COVID-19 who were hospitalized during the survey period, more than 93% did not report being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To date, there has been one COVID-19 related death of a fully vaccinated Wyoming resident.
Vaccines have been widely available for adults across the state since late March.
Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist, said the current data for Wyoming appears to be consistent with results across the country.
“Wyoming’s numbers are not dropping as quickly as in states with more complete vaccination coverage,” she said. “In fact, our rate of new cases adjusted for our population is among the highest in the nation. Hospitalizations have increased in recent weeks and this is something we hate to see happen when we know it could largely be avoided through vaccination.”
The growing presence of the Delta variant among Wyoming COVID-19 cases, particularly in southeastern Wyoming, is a cause for concern for those who have not been vaccinated.
“The data is showing this variant is more easily transmitted than other strains,” Harrist said. “Early information is also showing this variant may be associated with higher likelihood of severe illness than other variants.”