SWEETWATER COUNTY– As of 2:30 pm Saturday, Sweetwater County Public Information Officer Jason Mower reports that Wyoming has 82 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 in 15 of Wyoming’s 23 counties.
Sweetwater County still has one confirmed positive COVID-19 case.
Mower, who is serving as the media liaison for the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), reported the following cases per county: Albany – 1; Campbell – 1; Carbon – 3; Converse – 1; Fremont – 20; Goshen – 1; Johnson – 5; Laramie – 19; Natrona – 8; Park – 1; Sheridan – 6; Sublette – 1; Sweetwater – 1; Teton – 13; and, Washakie – 1.
Of these 82 positive cases, Sublette and Converse counties have now joined other Wyoming counties with their first confirmed positive cases over the last 24 hours.
Of Wyoming’s 82 positive cases, state health officials report 18 patients have fully recovered. No deaths have been reported.
Castle Rock Medical Center in Green River is now the county’s second official collection site as of Thursday, March 26, 2020.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call Castle Rock Medical Center at (307) 872-4590 for medical advice. Please do not travel to Castle Rock Medical Center in person without first calling so they can prepare appropriately.
Similarly, for information on COVID testing at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, please do not travel to the hospital in person, but instead first call (307) 448-7560.
The EOC would like to remind the public that testing for COVID-19 using the test kits provided to local providers by the state health department is free of charge to the patient. They also strongly encourage those suffering non-COVID related illnesses, to stay home if sick, but please don’t be afraid to phone your primary care provider to arrange treatment.
Alternative evaluation and treatment methods are already in place for those suffering non-COVID related illnesses, so PLEASE DON’T SUFFER ALONE AT HOME THINKING THAT TREATMENT IS NOT POSSIBLE.
As an additional source of public information and local updates on the virus here in Sweetwater County, supplemental to the 311 telephone system and sweetwater311.org website, we have also launched a new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/swccovid.
The EOC continues to work together as a community to contain the spread of COVID-19 in this county, and the Sweetwater County COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center primary goal remains to do everything we can to keep the number of confirmed positive cases in Sweetwater County to as close to zero as possible.
Given recent reports from county health officials that over 400 people are experiencing symptoms and self-quarantining in Fremont County, the EOC cannot urge everyone enough that this requires a group effort from all of us. Social distancing means staying home as much as possible.
ANYONE can spread the virus to another person. Effective social distancing demands we all observe these practices to help contain and prevent the spread of the virus. This virus impacts all of us, and is deadly for some. But, social distancing is making a difference and will continue to make a difference for the people we all care about and our local health care system on which all of us rely.