CASPER, Wyo. — Albany County Public Health (ACPH) released information on the first positive case of COVID-19 confirmed in the county on Wednesday, March 25.
They identified the individual as a resident of Albany County who has already recovered from the virus.
The new information on the Albany case comes at Wyoming approaches 1,000 tests being completed statewide. The Wyoming Department of Health reported, as of 7:30 pm Wednesday, that 47 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Wyoming and that 998 tests have been conducted.
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That includes 758 tests at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and 239 reported to the health department from commercial labs. There is also one Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test listed on the health department website.
ACPH provided further details on the positive Albany case.
“The resident visited a drive-thru testing site within the past 2 weeks and the results of that test showed the presence of the virus,” ACPH said in the release. “The individual self-isolated at the onset of symptoms, and did not have contact with anyone after the onset of his symptoms, except for getting tested.”
“He is not on quarantine at this time, as he has recovered from the virus.”
ACPH Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Allais spoke with the individual after receiving the report of the testing results from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory.
Allais also contacted individuals who were in contact with the person with confirmed COVID-19 “prior to the time that he showed symptoms.”
“Dr. Allais was able to answer questions that they had concerning the actions they should take regarding self-monitoring, social isolation and testing,” ACPH says. “County Officials and their partners have been working diligently to stay abreast of the current situation in Albany County relative to COVID-19 cases and the availability of personal protective equipment and testing supplies. This work includes daily meetings so all agencies and community partners can share information and plan accordingly.”
“People who suspect they have COVID-19 and have life-threatening symptoms should call 9-1-1. Those with NON-life-threatening symptoms should call their personal health care provider or the Ivinson Hospital triage line at (307) 755-4750 and citizens with general questions about the disease and the pandemic are invited to call 2-1-1 for more information.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.