ROCK SPRINGS — Wyoming has completed more than 4,000 COVID-19 Coronavirus tests with 216 of those turning out to be positive for the virus.
On April 7, the Wyoming Department of Health reported 4,005 COVID-19 tests have been completed and of those tests 216 were positive, with 62 patients recovered and zero deaths. Sweetwater County remains at five cases with one patient recovered. The same five counties, Big Horn, Hot Springs, Niobrara, Platte and Weston, still have not reported any COVID-19 cases. Counties with the highest cases are Natrona with 26, Fremont with 38, Teton with 41, and Laramie with 47.
According to information from the Sweetwater County COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center, while Wyoming’s case count ranks among the smallest in the U.S., the state’s per capita total outpaces more than a dozen other states. Wyoming still remains the only state without a known death of a Coronavirus patient.
Locally, Castle Rock Medical Center has collected a total of 36 COVID-19 tests with 1 returned positive, 35 returned negative and 0 currently pending results, while the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has collected 336 COVID-19 tests with 4 returned positive, 265 returned negative and 67 pending results.
Sweetwater County Public Health Director Kim Lionberger said local health officials are have received a shipment of viral transport media, which is necessary to ship collected COVID-19 samples to a lab for testing. Public health expects to receive another shipment of viral transport media sometime next week.
With the number of cases continuing to increase, new national recommendations are encouraging the targeted use of personal face coverings and Wyoming is following suit.
Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said as experts continue to learn more about COVID-19, a new virus, it’s becoming clear some people can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
“This means the virus can spread between people who are close to each other without them realizing it is happening. That’s the reason for this change and new recommendation,” she said.
“We want you to stay home and away from other people as much as possible,” Harrist said. “But if and when you do need to go out into the community, this is an extra voluntary measure CDC is suggesting to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”
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What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, like a temperature of 100 or greater or a cough, DO NOT go to the Emergency Room.
Please call your primary care provider or either Castle Rock Medical Center (Green River) at 307-872-4590 or Memorial Hospital’s Triage Line (Rock Springs) at 307-522-8523. The hotline is available 24/7.
Health professionals will be available to discuss your symptoms and address concerns regarding COVID-19 to determine if a visit or further testing is necessary.
Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:
- Social Distancing – Stay 6 feet apart from others and
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough and then throw the tissue away. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched areas. For example: door knobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, tables, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands.
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