CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper Natrona County Health Department issued the following statement Thursday afternoon, May 21, 2020
Late last night, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department was notified of an additional positive COVID-19 case.
Through contact tracing, the new positive case was identified as an individual currently living at a long term care facility. The patient was tested after exhibiting symptoms.
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The source of the positive resident’s exposure is still unknown.
Today, Natrona County health experts and Wyoming Department of Health leaders determined appropriate actions to protect the community as a result of this case and notified the facility.
Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19 and nature of the communal, high risk setting, all staff and residents who were identified as being associated with this facility will be tested as soon as possible. The majority will be tested today, May 21st, 2020.
In total, approximately 265 staff members and residents will be tested and quarantined. Due to the large number of staff members required to quarantine, these individuals who are asymptomatic but awaiting test results will be allowed to work only with appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure residents receive continued and required care.
Following the return of additional May 21st, 2020 test results, CNCHD will follow up with anyone else who may need additional testing. Additionally, CNCHD will work with the facility to determine appropriate isolation and additional protocols to protect other residents and staff members.
CNCHD is incredibly thankful for the collaboration and cooperation of the local long term care facility. Their staff and facility have gone above and beyond to ensure that the health of all residents and families was a top priority. We have complete confidence that they were following criteria to protect their residents and staff members, this was a situation believed to be unrelatedto their actions.
Earlier this week, we requested assistance from the Wyoming Department of Health due to the rapid increase in new cases and their complexity.
Today, team members with the Wyoming Department of Health arrived in Natrona County to assist in contact tracing, testing, logistics and other needs associated with the increase in cases within the community.
This arrival is very timely and will be an enormous help to our community and agencies who are working to test and care for Natrona County residents.
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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.