Six Patients Tested for COVID-19 in Cowboy State

Of the six patients currently tested for coronavirus in Wyoming, all have come back negative, according to Kim Deti, public information officer for the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

Five of the tests were conducted at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory last week after receiving test kits. Prior to this, one test was sent to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“All were negative,” Deti stated in an email to County 17 Tuesday, noting that WDH does not track geographic information for those patients who test negative.

Wyoming is well stocked with test kits and have sent testing guidelines and priorities to healthcare providers across the state, Deti said.

“We have plenty of supplies on hand to meet expected demand for some time to come,” she said

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She encouraged patients to see their local healthcare providers for care if they are exhibiting symptoms.

“If they (local healthcare providers) have someone they feel should be tested, they make a request to us and it can be sent to our lab,” she said. “Some large private labs have started testing services as well, but results would also be reported to us. There is a difference between where a sample is collected and where that sample is tested.”

Deti deferred residents to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information about symptoms and advice for contacting a doctor.

As of Tuesday, at press time, CDC has reported 647 cases in 36 states across the U.S., including Colorado, Nebraska, and Utah, with 25 deaths, mostly in Washington State. There are currently no cases in the surrounding states of Idaho, Montana, and South and North Dakota.

For up-to-date information, see the CDC website above.