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CNCDH: ‘We do not believe there is community spread within Natrona County right now.’

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Natrona County Department of Health has released the following statement, on March 26, 2020; addressing concerns over “community spread” of COVID-19.

That full statement is below:

The Natrona County Emergency Operations Center Joint Information Center wanted to provide an update on the new cases we received last night, March 25th, 2020.  There have been many questions regarding if we are currently at the point of community spread. Community spread has been described by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as meaning people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. 

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With the information we have been provided by the Wyoming Department of Health, in regard to the current positive cases in Natrona County, that has been collected through contact tracing we do not believe there is community spread within Natrona County right now. Currently, we believe the six positive cases within Natrona County to be part of two epidemiologically traced clusters. This means that all Natrona County cases can be tied to two groups of a positive origin.  

This is evidence that social distancing is working.  By tracing all new positives back to an identified positive source it provides clear evidence that by restricting events, business and other measures we are flattening the curve in Natrona County.  We appreciate the public’s help in these efforts and encourage them to stay the course until these restrictions have been lifted.  

Although we are continuing to see additional positives within the Natrona County community and state, we believe this is largely due to an increase in testing.  We are working collaboratively with state and local partners to increase testing capabilities even more in the coming days and weeks. We thank the public for their assistance and patience through all of this.  We will be providing any additional information and other updates at our regularly scheduled briefing tomorrow, March 26th, 2020 at 3:00 PM.

Casper Natrona County Health Department statement March 26, 2020

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.


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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.