Monday, May 25, 2020

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HSC Covid-19 Incident Management Team Situation Report May 19, 2020 at 10:30am   

Please note:   Wyoming state numbers will be current in our morning reports.  Any changes in our Hot Springs County numbers will appear in our afternoon reports. 

Important notice: Today's Wyoming total death number changed from eight (8) to ten (10). This was due to the addition of two Wyoming residents who died of Covid 19 related illness while in Colorado.  An adult male in March and an adult female in late April.

SINCE LAST WEDNESDAY, 5/13:

There have been 22 Covid 19 tests run in Hot Springs County (total tests since pandemic began, 75)

Positive tests 3 (total 5)

Negative tests 6 (total 54)

Pending results 13 

Individuals asked to isolate at home 52 (total 103)

Wyoming Department of Health and Hot Springs County Public Health continue today, utilizing contact tracing to conduct the investigation into anyone who may have had direct contact with the positive individuals. You will be contacted if you fall within that category. Please refer to this page for updates.

Wyoming laboratory confirmed cases are 577 and there have been ten (10) COVID-19 related deaths in Wyoming.   Please note that any discrepancies you may see between Wyoming Department of Health and Hot Springs County numbers is due to the timing of the posts.

We will continue to post twice daily, m-f, and once daily on weekends, until this current situation appears to level off.

Continue to be careful in all your activities. Do not let down your guard. Covid-19 is not gone. Please...continue working hard to protect yourself and others.

If you are having COVID-19 like symptoms and are uninsured, COVID-19 testing and the office visit costs will be covered under the Federal Cares Act.  Please call your healthcare provider before arriving at the clinic. According to the CDC a wide range of COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. These symptoms range from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

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HSC Covid-19 Incident Management Team Situation Report May 18, 2020 at 5:30pm  

SINCE LAST WEDNESDAY, 5/13:

There have been 22 Covid 19 tests run in Hot Springs County (total tests since pandemic began, 75)

Positive tests 3 (total 5)

Negative tests 6 (total 54)

Pending results 13 

Individuals asked to isolate at home 52 (total 103)

Wyoming Department of Health is utilizing contact tracing to conduct the investigation into anyone who may have had direct contact with the positive individuals. You will be contacted if you fall within that category. Please refer to this page for updates.

Wyoming laboratory confirmed cases are 566 and there have been eight (8) COVID-19 related deaths in Wyoming.   Please note that any discrepancies you may see between Wyoming Department of Health and Hot Springs County numbers is due to the timing of the posts. Both sites post once daily.

Continue to be careful in all your activities. Do not let down your guard. Covid-19 is not gone. Please...continue working hard to protect yourself and others.

If you are having COVID-19 like symptoms and are uninsured, COVID-19 testing and the office visit costs will be covered under the Federal Cares Act.  Please call your healthcare provider before arriving at the clinic. According to the CDC a wide range of COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. These symptoms range from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

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HSC Covid-19 Incident Management Team Situation Report May 18, 2020 at 10:00am   

This morning Hot Springs County has 3 active cases of Covid 19 and 1 probable case of Covid 19. 

Wyoming Department of Health is utilizing contact tracing to conduct the investigation into anyone who may have had direct contact with the positive individuals. You will be contacted if you fall within that category. Please refer to this page for updates.

Wyoming laboratory confirmed cases are 566 and there have been eight (8) COVID-19 related deaths in Wyoming.   Please note that any discrepancies you may see between Wyoming Department of Health and Hot Springs County numbers is due to the timing of the posts. Both sites post once daily.

Continue to be careful in all your activities. Do not let down your guard. Covid-19 is not gone. Please...continue working hard to protect yourself and others.

Hot Springs County test results to date include: 

  • 3 positive test results currently active

  • 1 probable case

If you are having COVID-19 like symptoms and are uninsured, COVID-19 testing and the office visit costs will be covered under the Federal Cares Act.  Please call your healthcare provider before arriving at the clinic. According to the CDC a wide range of COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. These symptoms range from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

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HSC Covid-19 Incident Management Team Situation Report May 17, 2020 at 2:15pm   

News from the Wyoming Department of Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, May 17, 2020 Contact: Kim Deti -Phone: 307-777-6420

COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Washakie County Nursing Home

Several cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been confirmed among residents and staff of a long-term care facility in Washakie County over the last few days, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

Officials have so far identified five cases among staff members and four among residents of Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Lab testing at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory confirmed most of the known cases, with more results pending.

While the concern involving the facility began after testing of staff members who were ill and sought medical care, it is unclear at this time how the virus was introduced among the staff and residents, or how many of the newly confirmed cases are experiencing symptoms.

The response so far has included attempted sample collection from all employees and residents with the help of facility staff. Follow up activities will likely include a visit to the facility from WDH staff for consultation and situation review, staff and patient interviews and more testing.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, emphasized the protection of older Wyoming residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living centers has been the department’s top concern and priority throughout the pandemic.

“We know the residents of these places are among the most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and we have seen terrible situations occur in other nursing homes across the country,” she said. “We also recognize that the nature of long-term care facilities can make it very challenging to control the spread of the virus once it’s been introduced into a specific location.”

Current nursing home guidelines strictly limit visitors or non-essential healthcare personnel. “We believe this policy has been helpful in Wyoming over the last couple of months, but, the risk of potential exposure through staff and patients still exists,” Harrist said.

COVID-19 can be transmitted by infected people who don’t yet have symptoms. Disease symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after virus exposure and include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

Harrist said this situation should serve as reminder that everyone should still take precautions to avoid becoming ill with the virus or passing it along to others. “Unfortunately, this virus is still among us,” she said.

WDH recommendations to help slow the spread of illness include:

  • Follow current public health orders.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Follow common-sense steps such as washing your hands often and well; covering your coughs and sneezes; and cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations as much as possible.

For more information about coronavirus disease 2019 and Wyoming, visit:

https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/.