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Washakie County inmate tests positive for COVID-19, traveled to Wyoming via Casper airport


CASPER, Wyo. — Washakie County Sheriff Steven Rakness said on Tuesday, April 7 that an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports 5 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Washakie County as of 10 am Tuesday. Statewide, there are 216 confirmed positive cases.

Rakness provided further details about the inmate with the positive case of COVID-19 in Washakie County.

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“This person came to Wyoming from New York State, via several other states before landing in Casper and then making his way to Worland,” Rakness said. “That person went to the wrong house by mistake, out in the county, and was subsequently arrested for breach of peace.”

“The person was incarcerated in the Washakie County Jail and at the time of the arrest, showed no symptoms of the virus or other signs of illness. Due to the fact he was identified as coming from New York State and having traveled to other States with high coronavirus cases, the suspect was held in isolation pending further investigation.”

Rakness says that he requested the suspect was tested upon his request and tested positive.

“As of this writing, our suspect still does not show any signs or symptoms of the virus and is now in a 14 day quarantine in the jail,” he adds. “The suspect did not have any contact with other inmates and was never in general population.”

“However, due to state EPI guidelines, and as a further precaution, the initial arresting Deputies and the initial intake Detention Deputy were placed in a 14 day quarantine as well.”

Staff at the jail along with Worland Fire Department staff have been cleaning and disinfecting the jail, Rakness says.

“Please remember to practice your social distancing, as that seems to be a key factor in stopping the spread of the virus,” he added. “If you get sick, feel sick or coughing, having trouble breathing, stay at home and self-isolate. If your condition worsens, contact your family medical provider for further evaluation.”

“I would also like to thank everyone who has provided the Law Enforcement Center and all First Responders with meals, cookies and other goodies during this time of trial within our community. All of us here in the Law Enforcement Center / First Responder community, greatly appreciate your support during this time. Remember, help each other out, be respectful of the local businesses rules regarding the coronavirus mitigation steps, stay home when not conducting trips for the needs of you or your family, stay informed, call the appropriate office if you have questions or needs. And last, stay safe out there.”

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.