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Sheridan College student and faculty member placed in quarantine on Thursday

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A faculty member and a student have been placed in quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19.

Sheridan College president Dr. Walt Tribley made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon, one day after the first confirmed coronavirus case in Wyoming was announced in Sheridan County.

The two people will be in quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, said the release, which offered no further information on their condition.

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The college also announced it would extend Spring Break through April 5, meaning the campus and residence halls would be closed to all classes and activities.

“Campus Life and Housing will be working with individual students who may have extenuating circumstances requiring them to remain on-campus. All college-related travel is also cancelled during this time,” said the college.

Yesterday the AP reported that the woman who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 has “mild to moderate symptoms”

“The patient’s close contacts were identified and will be quarantined at home and monitored for any symptoms. Everyone has been quite cooperative,” department spokeswoman Kim Deti told Oil City by email yesterday.

Yesterday Casper College said a student art trip to Europe was cancelled. The students were scheduled to leave this Saturday.

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.