CHEYENNE — Wyoming continues to test more Wyomingites for the COVID-19 Coronavirus now that more testing kits are available.
According to the Wyoming Department of Health’s May 19 report, the state has 583 positive COVID-19 cases, 193 probable cases, 528 recovered cases and 10 deaths.
So far, 18,049 tests have been completed. The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory has completed 8,340, while commercial labs have completed 9,708 and the Centers for Disease Control lab has completed one test.
The age group with the most positive cases is the 19-29 year old age group with 18.4 percent, followed by the 30-39 and 40-49 year old age group, which both have 15.6 percent. The two age groups with the fewest number of reported cases are 70-79 year old age group with 5.5 percent and the 80 year plus age group with 2.6 percent.
While some counties, such at Platte, Weston and Park, have remained stable, others continue to see their number of COVID-19 cases increase. Two counties, Fremont and Laramie, have the highest number of COVIID-19 cases. Fremont County now has 204 positive and 24 probable, while Laramie County has 121 positive and 62 probable.
Probable cases include a total count of people who are a close contact to a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case and develop symptoms of COVID-19, but are not tested. This count includes probable cases that have recovered.
Sweetwater County currently has a total of 17 confirmed COVID-19 positive and seven probable cases. On May 19, the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County was notified a Green River man, in his 30s, had tested positive for the virus. He is in stable condition and is isolating at home, according to Sweetwater County Public Health. Twelve lab-confirmed cases have recovered.
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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.
For current news, updates, closures and resources, please visit our COVID-19 Coronavirus page here.