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‘Significant exposure’ as five in Cody test positive for COVID-19 after political event

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CASPER, Wyo, — Five people have tested positive for COVID-19 after they attended a political event at a downtown Cody restaurant on Sunday, July 19, according to Park County Health Officer Dr. Aaron Billin.

The Park County Health Department told Oil City on Friday, July 24 that the event was a candidate meet-and-greet at the Gasthaus Cardi Restaurant in Cody.

Billin said Friday that the five positive cases indicate “significant exposure to COVID-19” at the event.

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“If you attended this event please monitor your symptoms (including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, or loss of smell/taste), call your healthcare provider, and consider being tested,” Billin said. “If you were in close contact with someone who was feeling ill, visibly symptomatic, or later became ill; please limit your contact with others until you have received instructions from your healthcare provider.”

“For questions, call the Public Health Office at 307-527-8570.”

Billin also asked people to share the “urgent notice” which he posted to the Park County Wyoming Health Officer Facebook page.


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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: 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.