After Downward Trend, County COVID Numbers Rising

Coronavirus 2019-nCov. COVID-19.

After a brief decline, COVID-19 numbers are once again on the rise in Campbell County, according to Campbell County Public Health (CCPH) Information Coordinator Ivy Castleberry.

Between August 26 and Sept. 2, 24 new lab-confirmed cases had been confirmed in the county, along with one probable case. Over the next thirteen days, between Sept. 3 and Sept. 16, the trend improved, according to Castleberry, with 22 new lab-confirmed cases and six probables reported during that period.

Since last Wednesday, however, there have been 40 new lab-confirmed cases, with seven added on Friday alone. OnTuesday, the county set a record, Castleberry said, with 12 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases reported.

“Unfortunately, after a much quieter week last week, it does appear that we are once again trending up,” said Castleberry.

The new cases range across all ages and demographics with the majority being community acquired, meaning there’s no discernible link to a known positive. Two of these new cases include two females in their 80s. One Campbell County resident is currently hospitalized in an out-of-town hospital due to COVID-19 complications, and currently, CCPH is monitoring 119 contacts.

Four males under the age of 18 are among the new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, but Castleberry could not confirm if they are Campbell County students. The Deputy Superintendent’s office at the Campbell County School District would neither confirm nor deny whether there has been a case associated with the schools thus far this year.

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In total, there have now been 237 total lab-confirmed cases in the county since the beginning of the pandemic, along with 33 cases listed as probable. All but one of the probable cases has now recovered. There are 48 active lab-confirmed cases at present, as 185 lab-confirmed patients have recovered.

Since offering their free testing last week, CCPH has administered 102 COVID-19 tests with five positive results, per Castleberry

There have now been 50 deaths in the state of Wyoming attributed to the virus.

An older Big Horn County man died last week of complications from the novel coronavirus, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). He had been hospitalized for treatment in another state after being exposed to the virus in Wyoming. He was known to have health conditions that put him at increased risk from the virus.

Statewide there have now been 4,368 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 801 additional cases listed as probable, per WDH. Of that cumulative total, 4,277 residents have since recovered.