COVID-19 Testing

Lab technician Hanna Ahuja prepares samples of coronavirus tests for a PCR machine at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory Sept. 4 in Cheyenne. Ahuja injects 5 ml samples in each well of a 96-well plate that will be put in the PCR machine. The PCR machine copies the genetic material and detects if a sample is COVID-19 positive.

On Sunday, six new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily update. The department announced 175 new probable cases.

There are new confirmed cases in Big Horn (two), Carbon (three), Converse (one), Platte (one), Sheridan (two), Sweetwater (seven), Teton (one) and Uinta (one) counties. The department subtracted one case from Campbell, one from Johnson, two from Laramie, three from Natrona and five from Park Counties.

Health officials announced 175 new confirmed recoveries and 21 new probable recoveries.

There are now 44,122 confirmed cases, 7,582 probable cases, 42,686 confirmed recoveries and 7,582 probable recoveries in Wyoming.

The virus has resulted in the deaths of 596 Wyomingites.

In Natrona County, 5,639 confirmed cases and 1,831 probable cases have been recorded.

Probable cases are defined by officials as close contacts of lab-confirmed cases with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

A patient is considered fully 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,” according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

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