CASPER, Wyo. – Tests for suspected cases of coronavirus can be tested by the state lab in Cheyenne, according to the Wyoming Health Department.
A report published by NPR earlier today listed Wyoming as one of six states still without the ability to test locally for coronavirus, or COVID-19.
According to Wyoming Health Department PIO Kim Deti, the state has had the ability for testing since yesterday.
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“We’ve had the materials (for testing) from the CDC for a while,” said Deti. The materials are used on existing WHD equipment to test for the virus.
After completing procedures to verify the materials, the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory was able to start testing on Thursday, she said.
Deti said the state was previously able to test for the virus, but the tests had to be sent to the federal lab in Atlanta for processing. Now results can be processed within the state.
“We’ve shared with healthcare providers across the state that we now have the ability for testing in our lab, and also the prioritization that will happen for that,” said Deti.
“Any tests that are run in our lab will need to be requested by a healthcare provider and approved by us for submission.”
Deti said the lab has tested a few cases since yesterday, and all are negative. One test was sent to the national CDC lab before state testing was available according to Deti, and that was also negative.
There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wyoming, according to the CDC. Neighboring states with cases or possible cases are Utah, Nebraska, and since yesterday Colorado, which announced two presumptive positive cases yesterday.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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.