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8 new cases of COVID-19 listed at UW, but no “pause”

Brendan LaChance, Oil City

CASPER, Wyo — The University of Wyoming (UW) listed 8 additional active-cases of COVID-19 on its Campus Health Summary dashboard Tuesday, September 15. There had been 93 active cases listed Monday.

All of the new cases are among students living off campus, the university said.

UW spokesman Chad Baldwin told Oil City News that some of the new cases were from older tests that had been backlogged by testing labs, and thus did not meet the criteria to trigger another “pause” in on-site operations.

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The university just emerged from a 2-week “pause” Monday, September 14, and is gradually opening more parts of the campus and phasing in a new section of on-site instruction. This phase will run until September 25, after which

One of the criteria for an automatic two-week pause in on-site operations is “Five or more new symptomatic cases, confirmed through diagnostic testing and identified in a single day in the UW population,” as stated in the university’s “COVID Contingency Plan.”

The 101 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff include:

  • 16 students living on campus
  • 72 students living off campus
  • 13 employees living off campus

11 more people are in 14-day quarantine both on and off campus since yesterday. Of the 186 in quarantine, 163 are living off campus and 23 are on campus.

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.