Second WYO Patient Tests Positive for COVID-19

New Case Added to Wyoming’s Coronavirus Total

Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) announced Friday evening that a Fremont County male has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing Wyoming’s count up to two.

The patient is an older adult male who is currently hospitalized, according to WDH, and his exposure risk is currently being assessed.

WDH will identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patient, according to a WDH release, and all known contacts will be monitored for symptoms and tested if needed. Per protocol, the test result is considered to be a “presumptive positive” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will conduct further testing for confirmation.

Symptoms for the virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath, per WDH. To avoid the spread of COVID-19 or a similar illness, WDH suggests residents take the following steps:

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  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60 percent alcohol.

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

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

For more details about the disease from the CDC, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.