By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Nearly 40 cases of the coronavirus have been discovered among students and staff at the University of Wyoming.
The university reported there were 38 active cases among the two groups. Two involved students living in residence halls and they have now been moved to isolation housing.
The affected areas in the residence halls have been thoroughly cleaned. The other 36 cases involve students and employees living off campus, some in communities outside of Laramie.
All of them are isolating at their homes. Eight people who had close contact with the two students in the residence halls are now in quarantine housing for 14 days.
Vault Health, the company conducting testing for the university, has processed 8,260 tests.
Here is the breakdown of the new cases, in addition to the two students in the residence halls:
- Six are students self-isolating in other cities and states, including Casper, Riverton, Sheridan, Colorado, New Jersey and South Dakota.
- Nine are students in Laramie living in off-campus housing who have had no presence on campus.
- Six are UW employees, now isolating at home. The facilities where they work have been cleaned according to current disinfection protocols.
- Four were “past positives” who have recovered.
- Five are individuals the university is attempting to contact.
The total of UW-related coronavirus cases since the pandemic began is 50. Twelve of the individuals have recovered.
In Albany County, 85 total cases have been reported as of Aug. 16.