CASPER, Wyo – The Wyoming Department of Health (WHD) issued a release stating that the coronavirus COVID-19 case of a Fremont County person “signals potential local community spread and warrants special attention and prevention measures related to long-term care.”
According to the release, the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory confirmed the “older adult male” as Wyoming’s second case on March 13.
The patient is hospitalized at SageWest Health Care in Lander and is a resident of Showboat Retirement Center in Lander, said the release.
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State and county public health officials are at the facilities and will recommend further testing and measures to help protect residents, patients and staff, said the release.
State health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said community spread could mean potential spread of an illness from an unknown source.
“Our initial follow up with this individual found nothing that could be explained other than potential community spread of this virus in the Lander area,” Harrist said in the release.
“We’re reminding everyone of how genuinely critical it is to do their part,” Harrist said. “Take common-sense steps to avoid sharing your germs with others, especially with those who are more vulnerable to serious illness,” she said in the release.
The CDC says “community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed,” meaning that this patient doesn’t meet the CDC’s COVID-19 test criteria, which includes recent travel and exposure to other known COVID-19 patients.
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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.