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COVID spike in Uinta county tied to public party attended by young people

Wyoming State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. (Wyoming PBS, Youtube)

Uinta County has become one of Wyoming’s most active counties in the increase in COVID-19 cases.

During a live briefing on Tuesday afternoon, Wyoming’s State Health Officer Alexia Harrist said the spike has been traced to a party attended mostly by young people.

“Much but not all of Wyoming’s recent activity has been in Uinta County,” she said.

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“The case count more than doubled over two weeks, going from 35 on June 1st to 80 today.”

She said many of the new cases are traced to a public gathering in a “venue” where social distancing wasn’t observed.

Partygoers then spread the virus to other people in the county.

“Current cases include some healthcare workers which can have multiple unintended effects,” she said.

She said other case spikes have been traced to one person spreading the virus to other co-workers.

The details on the town and venue were not offered, and when asked Harrist said the cases were still under investigation.

During the conference, Wyoming governor Mark Gordon urged Wyoming residents to stay vigilant in observing measures to help stop the spread of the virus, including frequent hand washing and wearing face masks in public.

The rise in this summer’s tourism is seen as one of the few bright spots in Wyoming’s struggling economy, said Gordon, who stressed the importance of keeping COVID cases low.

“We have eight counties in Wyoming that have no COVID-19,” said Gordon, “I hope it stays that way.”

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.