Big Horn County Student Tested for COVID-19, Others Possibly Exposed

Big Horn County Student Tested for COVID-19, Others Possibly Exposed


Original article by Brendan LaChance of Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. —Big Horn County, Wyoming Public Health officials have issued a “Level 2 Health Alert,” stating that they are working with state and federal agencies “to investigate a potential Coronavirus exposure of a Big Horn County student or group of students from an extracurricular sporting event.”

“We have one person who has been tested and results are pending, the Friday, March 13 release states. “Several have been recommended to stay at home voluntarily for 14 days following potential travel related exposures.”

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“Several events have been cancelled to avoid unnecessary potential close contact exposures.”

The release does not state which sporting event the students attended.

Big Horn County Public Health are strongly advising against large public gathering including all school extracurricular activities.

“The Big Horn County Public Health Office in collaboration with Wyoming State and Federal agencies will continue to monitor and investigate any potential cases of COVID-19 as part of its surveillance activities,” the release adds. “Town meetings with Q & A sessions are planned with goal of informing the public of good hygiene and self-distancing practices. We particularly want to encourage all citizens to avoid non-essential large gatherings.”

They are “not yet” recommending that public schools cancel classes.

Further details regarding the specific nature of the investigation were not included in the Big Horn County Public Health release. However, the release includes further details about health officials response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The full release can be accessed online.