STATE UPDATE: Friday, October 23, COVID case count at 8918, 1627 probable, 7220 recovered

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The number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Friday increased by a record 381 cases to 8,918. The record for cases in a day is 381.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) also reported 1,627 probable cases along with 68 deaths. There were 137 new recoveries reported today, 122 from lab confirmed and 15 from probable. The record for overall recoveries in a day is 181.

Case changes today were reported as follows: Albany (45), Big Horn (8), Campbell (61), Carbon (3), Converse (9), Crook (7), Fremont (32), Goshen (2), Hot Springs (3), Johnson (5), Laramie (51), Lincoln (6), Natrona (43), Park (24), Sheridan (37), Sublette (5), Sweetwater (7), Teton (13), Uinta (13), Washakie (1), Weston (6).

There are currently 2,570 active lab-confirmed cases state wide, including probables there are 3,120 cases.


The WDH lists 7,357 cases recovered.

Number of lab confirmed cases recovered: 6,158

Number of probable cases recovered: 1,062

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 now 22 active lab-confirmed cases in Washakie County. The most recent confirmed case in the county was October 23.

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. The seventh death was recorded on October 13 was of an elderly female that died in early October.

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 112 recoveries, 103 from lab-confirmed cases and nine of the probable cases.

Big Horn County has 177 lab-confirmed cases, 24 probable cases. The WDH has 115 lab-confirmed and 17 of the probable cases listed as recovered. The most recent cases were confirmed on October 23. Two deaths were recorded in Big Horn County. There are 60 active lab-confirmed cases.

Hot Springs County has 40 lab-confirmed cases, nine probable cases. The most recent case was confirmed on October 23. 35 of the lab confirmed and six of the probables have been listed as recovered. There are five active lab-confirmed cases in the county.

Park County has reported 479 lab-confirmed cases, 57 probable cases. The most recent case was confirmed on October 23, with 276 of the lab-confirmed cases and 26 of the probable cases having recovered. Three deaths were reported in Park County. There are 200 active lab-confirmed cases in Park County.

The governor implemented new orders as of September 30, which allows for indoor sports, along with other modified state orders that are in place through Oct. 31. The new orders allow for additional seating in restaurants.

The county is currently still at modified level 2 status.

As of Friday, the WDH reports that there are currently 83 hospitalized patients in the state. One patient in Big Horn County, 10 in Park County, none in Hot Springs and two in Washakie County. As of Oct. 23, 18 out of 181 ventilators were reported in use in the state, it is unknown if their use is related to COVID.

State testing

Total tests completed: 303,083

Tests completed at Wyoming Public Health Laboratory: 83,725

Tests reported by commercial labs: 219,358

(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.)

Albany: 1,074 (140) 448

Big Horn: 177 (24) 60

Campbell: 702 (63) 288

Carbon: 264 (35) 49

Converse: 191 (92) 41

Crook: 88 (10) 36

Fremont: 1,044 (145) 221

Goshen: 130 (18) 45

Hot Springs: 40 (9) 5

Johnson: 60 (23) 19

Laramie: 1,035 (331) 345

Lincoln: 270 (56) 64

Natrona: 992 (201) 312

Niobrara: 3 (4)

Park: 479 (57) 200

Platte: 71 (44) 33

Sheridan: 478 (156) 156

Sublette: 120 (38) 16

Sweetwater: 428 (23) 52

Teton: 706 (34) 50

Uinta: 343 (82) 38

Washakie: 132 (12) 22

Weston: 91 (30) 53

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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