By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
More than 260 residents and staff from a Natrona County long-term care facility will have to be quarantined due to a coronavirus exposure this week.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department was notified of an additional positive coronavirus case late Wednesday night.
Through contact tracing, the new case was identified as a person living at a long-term care facility in Natrona County.
The source of the resident’s exposure is currently unknown.
On Thursday, Natrona County health experts and Wyoming Department of Health officials notified the facility.
Due to the communal and high-risk setting, all staff and residents identified as being associated with the facility will be tested as soon as possible.
The majority of the people will be tested on Thursday. In total, around 265 staff and residents will be tested and quarantined.
Due to the large number of staff required to quarantine, individuals who are asymptomatic but awaiting test results will be allowed to work only with appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure resident safety.
Following the return of the Thursday test results, the health department will follow up with anyone who might need additional testing.