A total of five cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Teton County, according to the Teton County Health Department, and community spread has been confirmed.
According to a release, two new positive cases were reported by private labs on Wednesday.
“The definition of community transmission is having more than one case in a community that are not linked and the source of the infection is unknown,” said the release. “As testing becomes more widely available, more cases can be expected.”
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The full statement follows:
March 25th, 2020, Jackson, WY – The Teton County Health Department believes community transmission is present in Teton County, WY after follow up by the Wyoming Department of Health for the third (3rd) COVID-19 case identified last night was completed. The Teton County Health Department was also notified of two more positive COVID-19 test results completed by private labs today for a total case count of five (5). Details on these new cases is not yet available. The definition of community transmission is having more than one case in a community that are not linked and the source of the infection is unknown. As testing becomes more widely available, more cases can be expected.
The follow up the two (2) new cases is ongoing. People who may have had close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 are identified and contacted by the Wyoming Department of Health. Contract tracing is important as it helps to stop transmission of the virus in the community through early identification and prompt quarantine or isolation of potentially exposed individuals. Currently, the patient (case three) has been ordered to be on isolation and is recovering at home. All family members are quarantined at home.
The Teton County Health Department wants to remind all Teton County, WY residents:
• To stay home when sick and to avoid contact with others unless you need to seek medical attention. Individuals with a fever, cough or influenza-like illness, regardless of travel history should call the St. John’s Health hotline at 307-739-4898 options 3 for a phone evaluation. If you are having a true medical emergency, please call 911.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, faucets, sinks, phones, keypads, etc.
• Follow advice from the CDC on how to protect yourself.
The Teton County Health Department is working with our local, state and federal partners to keep our community safe. To receive more information and updates on COVID-19 in Teton County, WY please go to www.tetoncountywy.gov/health or sign up for Teton County Emergency Management’s COVID-19 specific Nixle group by texting 888777 TC_COVID. More Wyoming information on COVID-19 can be found at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel- coronavirus/ and jhcovid.com.
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: email@example.com
- 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.