Three more people in Campbell County have tested positive for COVID-19, per a release Friday from Campbell County Public Health. This brings the total local cases to nine, including one recovery and another patient who is currently being treated out of state.
The new patients include a man and a woman, both in their 50s, according to CCPH Public Information Coordinator Ivy Castleberry, and the third case is an adult male in his 60s.
All three cases are known contacts of prior or current COVID-19 patients, all of whom are being quarantined at home. Contact tracing for all confirmed cases is ongoing, Castleberry said, and CCPH will be providing updates as more information becomes available.
This brings the total number of cases as of Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. up to 162 people statewide across 17 counties with 37 recoveries thus far. No cases have yet been reported in Big Horn, Crook, Hot Springs, Niobrara, Platte or Weston counties.
The majority of those who have contracted the virus are between ages 60-69, with female patients slightly higher at around 50% compared to 40% of males.
Currently, Wyoming is the only state to report no COVID-19 related deaths, per data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
COVID-19 sample collection kits continue to be in limited supply in every state across the nation, Castleberry stated, and Campbell County is no exception.
“It’s been clear for some time that materials needed for sample collection and testing are in very short supply in Wyoming and across the nation,” Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with the WDH, stated in the release. “We’ve done well so far at our lab, but our concern about supplies of certain materials we need for testing has grown.”
Castleberry clarified that it’s important for residents to understand that testing does not change the treatment for symptoms. Those who display symptoms are considered to be possible positives and are asked to self-quarantine with twice-daily check-ins from CCPH staff.
As of the latest report from CCPH, there are currently 213 individuals who are possible positives with 84 people who have since recovered.
“Most people who are infected have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care,” Dr. Harrist said in a prior release.
The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.
“If you’re sick, we need you to stay home except to get medical help if your symptoms include trouble breathing, steady chest pain or pressure, or bluish lips or face,” Harrist said. “We suggest calling ahead to a medical professional for help to decide whether you need more evaluation or calling 911 for an obvious medical emergency.”
In light of the limited supplies within the county, Castleberry noted that many have asked what they should do if they think they have COVID-19 and cannot get tested. The advice Castleberry gives is for that person to self-isolate at home, separated from other family members, until at least seven days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and the patient has been fever-free for three days without medication or other symptoms – such as a cough or shortness of breath – have improved, per CDC guidelines.
“Social distancing — the physical separation from other people of at least six feet — is the single best protective measure a person can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Castleberry said. “The primary way COVID-19 spreads is through respiratory droplets. If you are ill and you cough or sneeze, and you are close to other people, you can easily spread this disease to anyone nearby.”
People of all ages are susceptible to getting the virus and might be hospitalized, Castleberry added.
“Staying away from others as much as possible helps protect ourselves, our families and the members of our communities who are most vulnerable to this illness,” she said. “And, most importantly, everyone needs to stay home when they are ill unless they need medical attention.”
CCPH anticipates Campbell County will continue to see an increase in the number of confirmed cases, Castleberry added.
“Each of us has a responsibility to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community,” she said. “Be a good neighbor and stay home.”
As of Friday at 2 p.m., 2,034 tests had been processed by the WDH lab with 831 additional tests processed through private labs. Of those, 196 were from Campbell County with 8 test results currently pending.
For more Campbell County COVID-19 related information, please visit Campbell County’s website.