Wyoming Coronavirus: 2nd Case Of COVID-19 in State, All Extracurricular School Activities Halted

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

A second case of the coronavirus COVID-19 has been detected in Wyoming, according to the state Department of Health.

The department, in a news release Friday, said the person infected with the illness is an older adult male in Fremont County who is currently in the hospital.

Health Department officials were trying to determine who the man might have had contact with and how he came to be infected.

“Known contacts will be monitored for symptoms and tested if needed,” the department said.

The first case of coronavirus in the state was confirmed Wednesday in a Sheridan County woman.

The Health Department said the risk for transmission of the disease in Wyoming remains low.

The Health Department’s announcement came shortly after the Wyoming High School Activities Association suspended all extracurricular activities statewide until at least March 28.

The WHSAA, at the direction of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, on Thursday canceled the state Class 4A and 3A basketball tournaments being played at the Casper Events Center and Casper College.

“We understand the tremendous disappointment this decision is for our student athletes, especially our seniors, but please realize that we must be a responsible state organization and that our highest priority is ensuring the safety of our students, schools and communities,” the WHSAA said in a news release.

Other events across the state were canceled as well in the face of the spread of the illness, including the state Spelling Bee set for March 28 in Rock Springs.

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