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UPDATE: Hot Springs County case is actually Washakie County case

Hot Springs County Unified Command announced at 5:45 p.m. Thursday that the county has identified its first positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-10). Unified Command was formed on March 18 with County Health Officer, Emergency Management, Public Health, Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital and other medical facilities, as well as county and town officials and law enforcement.

Dr. Vernon Miller, County Health Officer said, "We will continue to be transparent in reporting to the community the progression of cases in our county. Any need for increased safety measures will be rapidly communicated to the community. I am proud of the coordinated efforts of everyone in our community to combat this COVID-19 pandemic."

Margie Molitor, CEO of the hospital said, "Though this is our first case, we do not expect it will be our last. I encourage community members to stay vigilant with protective measures as we work together to minimize the spread of this illness in Hot Springs County and the region. Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital will continue to report the number of tests, and the results thereof, conducted at the hospital and clinic as the CDC guidelines direct, and the needs of our patients and staff warrant."

The Unified Command asked residents to continue to follow guidelines to "slow the spread" including avoiding close contact (at least six feet), stay home if sick, but if you are concerned contact your physician.

No information on the person who tested positive was released by the Unified Command.

The full release can be found on Facebook @hotspringspublichealth.

This case was moved to Washakie County as the resident is from Worland.

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