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66 new coronavirus cases reported at NCSD schools; 921 students and 151 staff quarantined in last 2 weeks

Natrona County High School (Gregory Hirst)

CASPER, Wyo — The Natrona County School District reported 66 new COVID-19 positive cases among district staff and students during its weekly update Friday, Nov. 20. Last week, 77 were reported.

According to Friday’s update, 921 students and 151 staff members are currently in quarantine due to a confirmed case or possible exposure to the virus. The district notes that these numbers reflect a two-week period: a student or staff member will be counted in the quarantine report multiple weeks depending on their quarantine length.

“At this time, there has not been a determination made by the Casper-Natrona County Health Department and health officers of COVID-19 spread within the school environment,” the NCSD dashboard states.

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“However, we are seeing an increase of students and staff placed in quarantine or isolation as related to COVID-19 impacts from outside the school/district environment.”

Two weeks ago NCSD reported that it would no longer provide daily updates due to “the magnitude of COVID-19 quarantines and isolations throughout the community.” Cumulative cases for the week will now be reported on Friday’s on the district’s COVID-19 update dashboard.

The new cases reported this week are as follows:

  • Casper Classical Academy – 1 student
  • Centennial Junior High – 5 students 
  • Crest Hill Elementary – 1 student 
  • CY Middle School – 1 student 
  • Dean Morgan Junior High – 1 student
  • Kelly Walsh High School – 15 students 
  • Natrona County High School – 14 students 
  • Paradise Valley Elementary – 1 student
  • Roosevelt High School – 2 students
  • Summit Elementary -1 student
  • Woods Learning Center – 1 student
  • Central Services Facility – 1 staff 
  • Crest Hill Elementary – 2 staff 
  • CY Middle School -1 staff 
  • Cottonwood Elementary -1 staff 
  • Dean Morgan Junior High – 1 staff 
  • Evansville Elementary – 2 staff 
  • Kelly Walsh High School – 5 staff 
  • Natrona Virtual – 2 staff 
  • Natrona County High School – 2 staff 
  • Paradise Valley Elementary – 1 staff
  • Transportation Department – 3 staff 
  • Park Elementary – 2 staff

From NCSD:

“The Natrona County School District does not contact trace for close contacts, test students for COVID-19, or have the authority to quarantine or isolate individuals as related to COVID-19.

“If you receive a phone call/message from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, please return their phone call/message.’

Questions regarding the process of identifying close contacts, quarantine or isolation, or COVID-19 testing please contact the appropriate health officials at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department at 307-577-9892.”

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.