To Date, 1,016 Lab-confirmed Cases, 266 Probable Cases and 20 Deaths Reported in Wyoming
The number of lab-confirmed cases in Wyoming grew past the 1,000 case mark Wednesday, according to a June 24 release from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
Now, steps intended to limit the spread of the virus are more important than ever, WDH said.
“We expected to see more cases over time and believe we are in a better position to respond now than earlier,” Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said. “However, this virus has shown us simple actions and choices that might not seem like a big deal at the time can harm others and quickly change the disease picture within a community. That’s why we need people to be mindful of what they can do to slow the spread of the virus.”
Harrist said that experts have learned more about COVID-19 over the past few months from transition to infection.
“We now know some individuals can transmit the virus to others before they feel or show any symptoms,” she said. “This is very important because it means people can spread the virus to other people without realizing they are infected.”
Harrist also noted that it’s become increasingly clear that the virus spreads mainly between people when they are close to each other.
“When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, the tiny respiratory droplets they produce can spread through the air to people who are nearby, typically within six feet,” she said, encouraging social distancing and wearing face masks.
She also reminded residents that older residents and people with certain health conditions have a higher risk of developing more serious or life-threatening complications.