CASPER, Wyo. – Eighteen people who were among two Casper College sports teams under quarantine for possible exposure were confirmed positive with COVID-19, according to a release issued on Wednesday.
The teams were quarantined after three athletes were confirmed positive with coronavirus last week. During testing it was discovered that an additional 18 athletes had been exposed to the virus.
“While not all athletes were known to have come in contact with the three that tested positive, out of an abundance of caution, it was decided to quarantine two teams to allow time for the college and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department to assess the situation that also included broad testing,” the college said in a release.
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The additional 18 who tested positive had remained in quarantine “due to the precautionary steps taken by the college,” said the release.
According to the release, the Casper/Natrona County Health Department believes they have “effectively reduced the risk of spread,” but are still monitoring the situation and will conduct further testing.
No additional details on the athletes or their conditions were released.
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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.
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