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Casper Natrona County Health Office: still no reports of “novel” coronavirus


“At this time, Wyoming has had no reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” is the statement from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, echoing a similar statement from State Health Officials last week.

A written statement sent to media by Casper-Natrona County Health does address the yesterday’s update from the Centers of Disease Control. According to the CDC, person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been seen among close contacts of returned travelers from China and other areas of outbreak, but at this time, this virus is not currently reported to be spreading in the community in the United States.

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, “is thought to spread person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another, through coughing or sneezing by means of respiratory droplets,” the Casper-Natrona County Health statement said Tuesday. “The most effective means of prevention, as with many viruses including influenza, is to maintain standard precautions that help reduce risk of transmission.”

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The following list is provided by the Casper-Natrona County Health Department:

  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning solutions
  • Frequent and adequate hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty.

National, state and local health officials say they are monitoring the situation and will be providing updates to the community as necessary.

According to Natrona County Health Officer Dr. Mark Dowell, MD, “Seasonal influenza is currently still more of a threat in our community than COVID-19.”

For the most current and up to date information on COVID-19 please refer to the CDC website.

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:

  • 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.