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NCSD’s COVID cases increase to 20 this week; two staff reported positive Thursday

(Lincoln Elementary School, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Natrona County School District reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The district has seen 20 new cases reported so far this week. Thursday’s new cases include:

  • Lincoln Elementary staff
  • Park Elementary staff

New cases reported on Wednesday include:

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  • Lincoln Elementary staff
  • Crest Hill Elementary staff
  • Centennial Junior High student
  • CY Middle School student
  • KWHS student

Cases reported Tuesday include:

  • CY Middle School student
  • Kelly Walsh High School student
  • Dean Morgan Middle School student
  • Journey Elementary staff
  • Lincoln Elementary staff
  • Park Elementary staff

Cases reported Monday include:

  • Centennial Junior High student
  • Dean Morgan Junior High student
  • Dean Morgan Junior High student
  • NCHS student
  • NCHS student
  • Roosevelt High School student
  • Centennial Junior High staff

NCSD has seen a total of 87 confirmed cases among students and staff since the start of the school year.

The district said in their weekly quarantine update on Friday, Oct. 23 that 101 students and 15 staff members had been directed to quarantine at the direction of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department or their designated healthcare providers.

The district reported a total of 14 confirmed COVID cases last school week. State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said in a press release on Saturday that schools have been an example of how masks can be effective at slowing the spread of the virus.

Natrona health officials have said they suspect schools would be seeing higher numbers of new cases if the school district wasn’t asking students and staff to wear face coverings.

Natrona County Health Officer Dr. Ghazi Ghanem said on Oct. 14 that while the community overall has been seeing a surge in cases, that wouldn’t lead to the closure of schools again unless “absolutely necessary.”

The district reports cases on their COVID-19 dashboard after receiving confirmation of a positive case from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

“The Natrona County School District will provide updates, as applicable, of CNCHD confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 within schools/facilities,” the school district says on its website. “We will share the number of confirmed positive cases, the school/location, and the date the confirmed positive was reported to NCSD by CNCHD.”

The district says any information that may allow the identification of an individual is not released to the public.

Daily updates on COVID-19 cases within the NCSD can be found here.

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.