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CASPER, Wyo. — Confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 have increased to 566 in Wyoming as of 4:07 pm Sunday, May 17, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

That is an increase of 7 from the total of 559 confirmed cases reported on Saturday.

A COVID-19-related death reported in Fremont County Saturday night brings the state death toll to 8.

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“Probable cases” are up 6 to 188. “Probable Cases include a total count of people who are identified to be a close contact to a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case AND develop symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days, but are not tested. This count includes probable cases that have recovered,” the WDH says.

3 new cases COVID-19 cases were reported in Natrona County Saturday, bringing the total to 43 laboratory-confirmed cases. Probable cases in Natrona County rose by 3 to 13.

The latest available data states that as of Saturday, May 16 at 12:07 p.m., 498 people statewide were considered recovered from the virus, including 362 with a confirmed case. 36 in Natrona are recovered including 28 with a confirmed case.

“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,” says the WDH.

16,219 tests have been completed overall in Wyoming. 7,113 of those tests were completed at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory with the remaining tests completed at other labs, according to the WDH.

That includes 1,009 tests for Natrona County completed at the WPHL and 439 at other labs. The WDH says Natrona has seen 4.8% of tests come back positive for COVID-19.

Confirmed cases in each county are as follows (probable cases in parentheses):

  • Albany: 9 
  • Big Horn: 2 (1)
  • Campbell: 16 (13)
  • Carbon: 7 (7)
  • Converse: 14 (9)
  • Crook: 5
  • Fremont: 202 (21)
  • Goshen: 4 (1)
  • Hot Springs: 2 (4)
  • Johnson: 11 (4)
  • Laramie: 119 (62)
  • Lincoln: 11 (3)
  • Natrona: 43 (13)
  • Niobrara: 1 (1)
  • Park: 1
  • Platte
  • Sheridan: 12 (4)
  • Sublette: 1 (2)
  • Sweetwater: 16 (7)
  • Teton: 69 (31)
  • Uinta: 8 (2)
  • Washakie: 13 (3)
  • Weston

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:


What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: [email protected]


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.

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