By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
A cluster of five coronavirus cases in Converse County have been traced to a Douglas bar, according to Converse County officials.
The Converse County Emergency Management Agency reported in a news release that five people tested positive for coronavirus after visiting The Waterhole during the long holiday weekend.
“They were all exposed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 6,” Russ Dalgarn, Converse County’s emergency manager, told Cowboy State Daily. “We can’t tell if they were in the bar at the exact same time, but they were all in the bar at some point during the holiday weekend.”
In addition to the five laboratory-confirmed cases among both customers and staff, officials have tracked one probable case to the bar and have ordered the quarantine of another 18 people who were in contact with the infected individuals.
Dalgarn said health officials are still working to conduct contact tracing to determine who might have been in contact with the people who tested positive for the virus.
Dalgarn also said officials are continuing to test those who were in contact with the infected individuals.
“Hopefully today we don’t have another big spike in cases,” he said.
According to Wyoming Department of Health figures, the number of people sick with active coronavirus cases in Converse County increased by 11, growing from eight to 19, between Sept. 5 and Friday.