The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wyoming grew to 10 on Monday as tests of seven Fremont County residents came out positive.
The state Department of Health said each of the seven patients newly diagnosed with the illness is directly connected with the third person to be diagnosed with the illness in Wyoming, an older male living at a retirement center in Fremont County.
The department said it would follow up on information about people who may have been exposed to the newly diagnosed patients.
Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state’s health officer, had said earlier that the diagnosis in the original Fremont County case was concerning because it appeared the man had been infected by someone in the community.
Dr. Brian Gee, Fremont County’s public health officer, told the Riverton City Council on Monday that the infection was probably brought into the facility by someone.
Gee, quoted by the Wind River Radio Network, told council members that if more residents of the retirement center tested positive for the disease, they would probably be kept at the center unless they became critically ill.
The state has made Riverton, Lander and Fremont County priority areas for coronavirus testing, he added.