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Washakie County COVID-19 cases increase to 4

 

April 2, 2020

In a statement on the Washakie County Public Health COVID-19 Facebook Page Sunday morning, April 5, Washakie County Public Health reported it "has been notified of 2 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county. This brings Washakie County's total to 4.The Department of Health and Washakie County Public Health are currently investigating. This is all we know at this time. We will release more information as it becomes available."

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Washakie County Public Health was notified of its second confirmed COVID-19 case on Thursday, April 2.

Amanda Heinemeyer, Washakie County Public Health Nurse Manager, said it is a male Worland resident in his 30s with no recent out of state travel or previous contact to a positive.

He is not hospitalized and is isolating at home as instructed.

As of Saturday, Washakie County Public Health reported it has performed 26 tests with 21 returned as negative, and 5 with results pending. The first positive Washakie County COVID case, reported on March 27 was collected in Hot Springs County. That person was hospitalized, is a Worland resident with recent out-of-state travel. No additional information was available either through Public Health or Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital.

The two additional cases were two of 10 new cases reported Sunday morning by the Wyoming Department of Health with 197 cases total in Wyoming.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, cough, aches and pains, sore throat, headaches and shortness of breath. Dr. Zimmerman, Washakie County Health Officer reminds people to stay home and self-isolate.

Household contacts of a positive case are also told to stay home. Older people and those with underlying health conditions should maintain social distancing and stay home as much as possible.

Social distancing, frequent hand washing, covering one's mouth after a cough or sneeze, and sanitizing surfaces are a few of the steps that can be taken to avoid the virus. Avoid contact with those who are sick if at all possible but if already sick, stay home from work.

The Wyoming Department of Health updates number of cases at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. See related story on this website.

 
 

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