COVID-19 Daily Report: Wyoming and Sweetwater County Updates

COVID-19 Daily Report: Wyoming and Sweetwater County Updates

CHEYENNE — Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 Coronavirus numbers remain the same today, while the state’s positive cases increased by eight.

As the number of positive COVID-19 patients continues to increase, so does the number of recoveries, which was up by 11 today.

The Wyoming Department of Health’s April 16 statistics show Wyoming has a total of 296 positive cases, 105 probable cases, 187 recovered and 2 reported COVID-19 related deaths.

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During a press conference on April 15, Governor Mark Gordon said Wyoming is still expected to see a surge in infections within the next couple of weeks and it’s still too early to know when the state’s COVID-19 cases will peak.

With this in mind, the WHD continues to encourage Wyomingites to follow current public-health orders, which encourages residents to stay home as much as possible.

“Because anyone who is sick can pass COVID-19 on to others, it is critical that everyone do their part to help reduce the spread of this disease,” Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said in a press release. “Wyoming must take this threat seriously.”

Sweetwater County Cases

Sweetwater County currently has 10 positive cases, four recovered and four probable cases. The others remain in fair to good condition and are self-isolating. Six more people are now in quarantine as a result of contact tracing on Sweetwater County’s last lab-confirmed positive, a woman in her 40s from Rock Springs.

According to the latest briefing from the Sweetwater County COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County reported it has collected 465 COVID-19 tests with 436 returned negative, 9 positive and 20 pending results. One of these positives is not reflected in County totals as the patient is from out-of-state and does not reside here.

Castle Rock Medical Center numbers haven’t changed since yesterday’s report and remain at 72 COVID-19 tests collected with 65 returned negative, 2 positive and 5 pending results.

Random Employee Testing

Administrative staff at MHSC reported they have started random COVID-19 testing of their employees. They are targeting employees in high-risk areas such as the emergency room, ICU and staff who have been collecting COVID-19 samples from others. All employees are required to have and wear a cloth mask inside of their facilities at all times.

The hospital is also in the process of reaching out to various large employers in the area to gauge whether there is interest in random employee testing for COVID-19.

While there is a minimal cost associated with specimen collection for these tests, the hospital has identified this method as a potential tool for obtaining a larger sample from Sweetwater County’s population that may also us to get a better picture of the prevalence of the disease in our community.


THE LATEST COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS NEWS & INFO FROM THE WYOMING DEPT. OF HEALTH

What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, please call your primary care provider or seek medical attention.

Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Follow Public Health Orders
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially when physical distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t available.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

For current news, updates, closures and resources, please visit our COVID-19 Coronavirus page here.