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NCHS staff member tests positive for COVID; fifth case at the school so far

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Natrona County High School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Natrona County School District’s Tuesday, Sept. 22 update.

NCHS has seen a total of five confirmed COVID cases since the start of the school year, with four NCHS students having previously tested positive. NCSD overall has now seen ten confirmed cases among students and staff since the start of the semester.

NCSD is reporting positive cases among students and staff on their COVID Dashboard after they receive confirmation of a new case from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

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The district reported on Monday that a Kelly Walsh High School student had tested positive.

Prior to this week, NCSD had reported the following positive cases:

  • Sept. 14th, 2020
    • one Natrona County High School (NCHS) student 
    • one Dean Morgan Middle School student
    • one Crest Hill Elementary staff member
  • September 11th, 2020
    • NCHS student 
  • September 9th, 2020 
    • Two NCHS students 
    • Southridge staff member
  • September 3rd, 2020 
    • The Casper-Natrona County Health Department reported 1 confirmed positive case of COVID-19 to the Natrona County School District, a student at Journey Elementary. The student has not been at school this academic year.

Further details are available from NCSD.

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.