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No community spread established at this time in 2nd Teton County COVID case

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The Wyoming Department of Health has notified the Teton County Health Department that “the probable cause of a Teton County healthcare worker’s exposure is domestic travel-related.”

At this time, health officials are not considering the case to be community transmission.

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“According to St. John’s Health Communications Officer Karen Connelly, St. John’s Health was notified by a reference lab on Friday that the healthcare worker tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is the second confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Teton County, WY. The provider, who works in the hospital, self-isolated at first onset of symptoms, which was more than a week ago. “The provider, who continues to self-isolate, is feeling much better at this time,” said Connelly.”

St. John’s Health Press Release, March 21, 2020

According to St. John’s Health CEO Paul Beaupre, MD, “We know that healthcare workers are at extremely high risk for exposure, even though this provider does not appear to have been exposed at work. Our healthcare workers deserve great respect from all of us for the job they are doing to take care of our community during this pandemic. I ask you all to respect the provider’s privacy, as we would respect the privacy of any other patient.”

Beaupre also states that COVID-19 is likely present at high rates in the community.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of everyone in the community doing their part to ensure that the health infrastructure maintains the ability to take care of sick people and provide other vital services, such as delivering babies and providing care for people with stroke, heart attack, etc.”


As of 9:30 am this morning, the State of Wyoming was reporting 461 tests had been administered via testing sites that included the Wyoming Public Health Lab (409), the CDC (1) and “commercial labs” (51). A total of 23 cases have been confirmed, including the first case in Carbon County, which was reported Saturday morning.

It is unclear at this time if the state’s tally of 23 is taking into account a Wind River Reservation case that was announced late Saturday morning.

Early Friday evening, Governor Mark Gordon’s office issued an order restricting gatherings of 10 or more people in a single space

This order supplements a March 19 statewide order that closed bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, some child care facilities and schools. Both orders remain in effect until April 3rd,” according to a press release sent by the Governor’s office.


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: covid@cnchd.org


  • 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.


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: covid@cnchd.org


  • 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.