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UW reports 27 new COVID cases among students and staff

Sorority Row at the University of Wyoming (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming reported 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and staff on Monday, Sept. 14.

That includes 20 new cases among students and seven new cases among UW employees reported since Friday. All but four of the new cases were detected among asymptomatic individuals through testing provided by Vault Health for UW, which experienced a backlog of tests due to the Labor Day holiday and last week’s inclement weather. 

The other four cases reported by external providers include three students living off campus who were exhibiting symptoms and one student who wasn’t exhibiting symptoms, according to UW.

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UW reports a total of 93 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff:

  • 16 students living on campus
  • 64 students living off campus
  • 13 employees living off campus

“Some 175 people are in 14-day quarantine due to exposure to infected individuals — 27 on campus and 148 off campus,” UW adds.

“The total number of COVID-19 cases among UW students and employees since the pandemic began is 171.”

78 UW students or staff have recovered from COVID-19. 65 people have had their 14-day quarantine lifted.

UW reports a total of 6,386 tests completed by Vault Health since Aug. 24. 13,072 “pre-return” tests were completed prior to that date.

Further details are available from UW’s Campus Health Summary.

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.