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14 new COVID-19 cases reported at Casper College this week

(Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo — Casper College has reported 14 new active coronavirus cases on campus on its weekly campus health update Friday, Nov. 20. There are currently 33 active cases in the college community, according to the update.

Eight of the new cases are reported among CC staff members and the other six are among students, CC said. 

“Casper-Natrona County Health Department is conducting contact tracing for any individual who is identified as a direct contact,” CC said. “Due to federal regulations, we will not be providing any information beyond the number of new and active cases.”

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To combat the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, CC President Dr. Darren Divine announced in a taped address Nov. 5 a “holiday pivot” that reduces in-person classes. For the remaining 2 weeks of classes after Thanksgiving  classes that can be “effectively and easily” taught remotely will be done as such, Divine said.

A mask mandate has been in effect at the college since the fall semester. “Compliance has been very good,” Divine said.

“We believe that COVID is a manageable situation with everybody’s help… We are confident we have the steps in place to keep the college open and keep education going.”

For the remaining 2 weeks of classes after Thanksgiving and leading into finals, classes that can be “effectively and easily” taught remotely will be done as such, Divine said.

Cases reported at the college since the beginning of the semester are as follows:

Reporting WeekNew Confirmed
Positive Cases –
New Confirmed
Positive Cases –
Current Active Cases
November 208633
November 1383864
November 612643
October 3011922
October 2321326
October 1624842
October 91312
October 203127
September 2553648
September 1831523
September 11186
September 4015
August 28024
August 21112

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.