Eleventh Sweetwater County COVID-19 Patient Remains in Stable Condition

Eleventh Sweetwater County COVID-19 Patient Remains in Stable Condition

The May 1, 2020, daily situation report from the Sweetwater County COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center was released this morning. Here’s our takeaway.

ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County currently has 11 laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 Coronavirus cases and seven probable cases.

The 11th patient, a woman in her 50s, who lives in Rock Springs, was hospitalized April 30 at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and is in stable condition.

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Ten lab-confirmed positive patients and five probable patients have now recovered. Two of the remaining active patients are in self-isolation and in good condition with only mild symptoms treatable from home.

On April 23, state health officials announced the softening of restrictions on diagnostic testing for
COVID-19. It is now possible for anyone who is feeling ill to consult their primary care provider who can then order a diagnostic test provided by the state at no cost to the patient.

County public health officials last week also announced that antibody testing is now readily available at a minimal cost to the patient through MHSC’s reference lab, ARUP Laboratories, which has a medical lab in Salt Lake City, Utah.

While antibody testing may be useful in determining those who have already possibly been exposed to COVID-19, it remains unclear among the medical community at large whether a positive antibody test implies any protecting immunity from this virus.

MHSC reported it has collected 690 COVID-19 tests with 644 returned negative, 10 positive and 36 pending results. One of these positives is not reflected in county or state totals as the patient
was from out-of-state and does not reside here.

Castle Rock Medical Center is reporting it has collected 106 COVID-19 tests with 98 returned negative, two positive and six pending results.


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