By Mari Heithoff, Cowboy State Daily
All residents and staff of the the Wind River Rehab Center in Riverton have tested negative for COVID-19, according to Fremont County health officials.
This indicates that conditions are improving at the nursing home following an outbreak of the virus earlier this year, Dr. Brian Gee, the county’s health officer, said in a news release Monday.
Gee said the facility’s residents and staff underwent testing at the end of last week and got results back on Monday.
The absence of new cases has been attributed to policies in place to control the spread of the virus, especially the use of masks. According to the press release, all staff are required to wear masks when interacting with residents of the nursing home.
The facility will continue to be monitored, with another round of testing scheduled in about a week.
Because onset of coronavirus symptoms can sometimes be delayed, Gee emphasized that “close vigilance is still paramount and repeat testing, especially in the setting of communal living conditions, is encouraged.”
The press release concluded with a reminder that COVID-19 has not disappeared and that all residents of Fremont County should continue to do their part to stop the spread of the virus.