CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming health officials are reporting 646 new coronavirus cases Sunday, the second-highest single-day total of the pandemic in the state
The Department of Health listed 966 new cases on Friday, the highest single-day total.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that at least 114 people have died of the coronavirus and that more than 14,690 people have tested positive. The new totals come amid a rapid surge in the numbers of cases in Wyoming and throughout much of the U.S.
Gov. Mark Gordon has said he is not considering implementing a statewide face mask order but has urged residents to wear masks.
Albany County, which includes Laramie, the Wind River Reservation and Teton and Laramie counties have implemented mask mandates under which residents must wear facial coverings when outside of their homes, with some exceptions.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.