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Natrona County child tests positive for COVID-19, case linked to child care facility

Casper-Natrona County Public Health Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom speaks to a room of media members, during a COVID-19 press conference on March 16, 2020. (Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper-Natrona County Health Department said on Wednesday, May 20 that a child in the county has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

The case has been linked to a child care facility in the community. The department did not name the facility in the release. The child had last attended the facility on May 13.

58 staff members and children were directed to quarantine as a result of the child contracting the virus. 16 staff and 16 children were identified as having had close contact with the child and were advised to immediately go to a facility to receive testing.

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The facility has been closed. Complete cleaning will be conducted before the facility could re-open.

The full release is as follows:

POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE TRACED TO LOCAL FACILITY

CASPER, WYOMING (MAY 20, 2020) – This morning the Casper-Natrona County Health Department received confirmation of an additional case of COVID-19 within our community.

This case was identified as a child who has been attending a local child care facility. The child last attended the child care facility on May 13th, 2020 and is currently quarantining at home.

The child was identified for testing after having a parent test positive for COVID-19. Today, Natrona County health experts and Wyoming Department of Health leaders determined appropriate actions to protect the community as a result of this case. Soon after, the child care
facility was notified and was closed. Officials from the Natrona County Health Department arrived at the facility to assist in notifying parents and staff.

At this time, all individuals associated with this facility have been notified.

Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19 and nature of the child care setting, all children who were identified as being associated with this facility are required to quarantine for the recommended 14 days following last exposure to a confirmed positive case. CNCHD recommended that other children and staff who were in close contact with the positive case be tested. The majority of those individuals were tested today, Wednesday, May 20th, 2020.

In total, 58 staff members and children were advised to quarantine. Of that, 16 staff members and 16 children were identified as having close contact with the positive case and were advised to immediately report to a testing facility to receive a COVID-19 test.

Following the return of additional May 20th, 2020 test results, CNCHD will follow up with anyone else who may need additional testing. Additionally, CNCHD Environmental Health Specialists will work with the facility in the coming days to ensure complete cleaning and sanitization prior to reopening.

CNCHD is incredibly thankful for the collaboration and cooperation of the local child care facility. Their staff and facility have gone above and beyond to ensure that the health of all children and families was a top priority. We have complete confidence that they were following
criteria to protect the children and families they serve, this was a situation believed to be unrelated to their actions and they still assisted in every way possible for the community’s benefit.

As we are seeing nationally and across our state, community transmission of COVID-19 is common and often children show minimal to no symptoms of the virus. This is why it is crucial our community follows the recommendations and guidance for COVID-19 and that no one who is even mildly ill is around others.

COVID-19 is still present in our community and now more than ever it requires each person to do their part. Things like washing hands often, using hand sanitizer when hand washing is unavailable, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home if you are sick, practicing social distancing, covering the mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and in public, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces are crucial.

If you are experiencing flu like symptoms or have had direct contact with a known positive case, please seek testing through the Casper-Natrona County Health Department by calling 307-577-9892 or the Wyoming Medical Center by calling 307-233-7288.Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

Casper-Natrona County Health Depatment

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.


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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.