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Coronavirus Case Up To 56, Laramie County Leads State

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The number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased to 56 on Thursday as Laramie County became the county with the state’s highest number of cases.

The Wyoming Department of Health reported at about 6 p.m. that one new case of coronavirus had been recorded in each of Laramie, Hot Springs and Teton counties.

The new case brings Laramie County’s case count to 15, the highest in the state, while Fremont County has 14.

Teton County has eight cases, Natrona County has six, Sheridan County has four and Carbon County has three. Albany, Campbell, Johnson, Hot Springs, Park and Sweetwater counties each have one case.

Wyoming Hospitals Take Extra Precautions to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Hospitals across Wyoming have taken numerous precautions to limit the possible spread of the coronavirus in their establishments and in their communities. 

Since the patients and staff are at such high risk for transmission, hospital managers are putting new rules in place for the interim to keep everyone safe, patients, staff and visitors alike. 

Here is a look at what rules hospitals in Wyoming have implemented regarding the virus: 

Albany County

Ivinson Hospital: If anyone in the county is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a fever of at least 100.4 degrees, a cough or shortness of breath, they should call the nurse triage line at 307-755-4750 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Certain entrances are limited to patients and the public, which can be found here. 

Visitor restrictions have been implemented, now limited to 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Patients can’t have more than one visitor in a 24-hour span. No one under the age of 16 can visit the hospital except for treatment. Visitors with cold or flu symptoms are asked to refrain from visiting a patient. 

Certain services have been reduced or postponed at the hospital These include elective surgeries, which are suspended until further notice. The hospital is reducing non-emergency outpatient services, as is the Meredith and Jeannie Ray Cancer Center. The gift shop operation hours will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Big Horn County

North Big Horn Hospital District: Sick visitors are restricted from visiting, as are children under 18 in most areas of the hospital. 

All staff, patients and visitors are screened for the virus prior to entering the facility. If someone believes they’re experiencing symptoms of the virus, they’re asked to call the hospital ahead of time so staff can prepare for the patient’s arrival. 

Certain entrances are limited to patients and the public. 

New Horizons Care Center isn’t allowing visitors at this time. 

Campbell County

Campbell County Memorial Hospital: The hospital is currently closed to all visitors except one parent of pediatric patients and one support person for anyone giving birth. All patients are required to undergo a respiratory health screening with a temperature check. No visitors under 18 are allowed in the hospital. 

The hospital has also closed certain departments, including cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, outpatient respiratory therapy and surgery. The only surgeries that will be done are emergency cases and those deemed medically necessary. One support person will be allowed in the hospital for those having surgery, following a health screening.

Access to certain entrances is limited to patients and the public. The Heptner Cancer Center is open for regular business hours for dialysis and oncology patients only. The pediatric clinic is canceling all non-essential appointments. 

The Close to Home Hospice and Hospitality House will require all visitors to be screened for respiratory symptoms. The Powder River Surgery Center is closed. No visitors are allowed at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center. All employees and select volunteers will be screened for respiratory symptoms. Powder River Orthopedics and Spine is open and seeing limited patients. 

The wellness daily community blood draws, lab tests and health and wellness screenings have been discontinued until further notice. 

Carbon County

Memorial Hospital of Carbon County: The hospital is screening all patients, staff and visitors when they enter the facility, including asking a series of questions and conducting a temperature check. 

Only patients in critical condition and women in active labor will be allowed a visitor. No children under the age of 18 will be allowed in the hospital except for medical care. No visitors are allowed in the common areas, such as the waiting rooms and lounges. 

The hospital can only be entered through the main lobby or the emergency room. All non-urgent or elective surgeries are postponed. 

Converse County

Memorial Hospital of Converse County: Elective surgeries are postponed until further notice. Primary care providers are canceling or rescheduling all non-urgent appointments, however all of the clinics are still open. Patients will be asked a series of questions before being allowed into the buildings. 

The main entrance of the hospital will be monitored from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Exterior hospital doors will be locked after hours. The Arbor Cafe and Mocha Molly’s are closed to the public. 

No visitors or guests will be allowed in the hospital. 

Fremont County

SageWest Health Care: Patients in the emergency department, inpatient units and outpatient clinics are screened for the virus. Staff treating a potential case of the virus are provided with appropriate protective equipment to help prevent exposure. Patients with symptoms of the virus are immediately provided masks to prevent exposure. 

Only pediatric, OB, outpatient surgical patients and those receiving end-of-life care will be allowed visitors. These groups may only have one healthy adult (a person over 16) as a visitor and everyone must be screened upon entering the facility. 

Goshen County

Banner Health Community Hospital: Pediatric patients can have one adult visitor with them and laboring mothers may have one support person, but all other guests are barred from teh hospital. Deliveries of gifts, care packages, flowers or anything else will not be accepted at this time. 

Banner Health has canceled elective surgeries in two other states, but not Wyoming as of press time. The hospital won’t give “fit-for-work” clearances or test for the virus for an employer. 

The main entrance and emergency room entrance remain open to the public. 

Laramie County

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: The hospital’s visiting hours are limited from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and patients may only have one visitor during the entirety of their stay. However, patients who are admitted and screened or test positive for the coronavirus won’t be allowed visitors.

Cancer Center patients are also only allowed one visitor. Visiting hours are the same as the hospital’s. 

The Davis Hospice Center is locked at all times, but visitors will be allowed in special circumstances, such as an end-of-life event or when the visitor is essential for the patient’s well-being. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Natrona County

Wyoming Medical Center: Medically necessary surgeries will be conducted on a case-by-case basis. The schedule is checked daily for appropriateness in order to conserve resources. 

Medically necessary exams such as echocardiograms, pulmonary function tests and stress tests are still being scheduled. All procedures are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Sleep Lab is closed. 

The NERD Health and Wellness Center’s health coaching, acupuncture and massage appointments are canceled. Pulmonary rehabilitation is canceled until further notice. The childbirth education and breastfeeding classes are canceled, as well as in-person lactation consultations. 

Visiting hours are now from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. A patient will be allowed one visitor per day, but exceptions will be made for comfort care or terminally ill patients. Pediatric parents and babies in the nursery can have both parents visit, but only one at a time. Visitors will go through a health screening before being allowed to enter.

Park County

Cody Regional Health: Pediatric patients admitted to the ER or inpatient services will be allowed one legal caregiver with them for the entirety of their stay. Maternity patients will have the same rules applied to them. Visitors aren’t allowed in the hospital otherwise. 

Health Fair lab draws have be canceled at all of CRH’s location. The orthopedics department is reduced to essential appointments only, including fractures, post-operation appointments and traumatic injuries. 

All elective procedures for radiology and cardiac catheterization procedures are canceled, except for critical diagnostic/testing procedures. Cedar Mountain Center rehab services are canceled. 

Pediatric clinic visits are reduced to only visits for newborns up to four months old. 

Certain medical practices, like internal medicine and cardiology, are reducing their hours for the time being. 

Platte County

Platte County Memorial Hospital: See entry for Banner Health Community Hospital in Goshen County. 

Sheridan County

Sheridan Memorial Hospital: Visitors aren’t allowed for most patients. Exceptions include OB patients, those coming in for surgery or an outpatient procedure, patients at the end of their life and pediatric patients, all of whom are allowed one support person. They will all be screened for illness symptoms before their visit. Patients and staff are also screened when they enter the building. 

Sweetwater County

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County: Anyone with a fever or cough is asked to wait to go to the emergency room before contacting the nurse triage line. 

Visitors are restricted except for OB and pediatric patients, as well as those at the end of their lives. They must be the same person for the OB and pediatric patients. No children are allowed as visitors. Everyone entering the hospital will be subjected to a temperature scan. 

Teton County

St. John’s Health: Patients can have only one designated visitor per day, but both parents can visit if the patient is a child. No one under 18 or displaying flu-like symptoms is allowed to visit. Everyone entering the hospital must wash their hands or use a sanitizer with a 60% alcohol base before entering. 

Emergency department patients can’t have visitors except one parent for a child or one caregiver for a patient who needs help communicating. 

The St. John’s Living Center is restricting all visitors except in the case of an end of life situation. It’s canceling all communal dining and group activities, both internally and externally. All staff are screened for fever and respiratory symptoms at the beginning of their shift. Residents are also being screened. 

The hospital can’t currently clear anyone to return to work after an illness. 

Uinta County

Evanston Regional Hospital: The ER is the only accessible door to patients at this time. Patients are allowed one to two visitors, but no one under 18 or displaying sickly symptoms. Everyone entering the facility will do a health screening. 

Weston County

Weston County Health Services: Visitors aren’t allowed at this time. People experiencing coronavirus symptoms are asked to call the center before arriving. 

Wyoming Coronavirus Cases Mostly Seen In Ages 60-69

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The majority of Wyoming’s coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in people age 60 to 69, according to the state Department of Health.

The department’s statistics on the coronavirus outbreak showed that of the 53 cases confirmed in the state as of Thursday morning, 26 percent were found in people age 60 to 69.

The second-highest rate of infection was found in those age 50 to 59 years at almost 19 percent, followed by those age 40 to 49, at 17 percent, and those age 30 to 39 at 11.3 percent. Those age 70 to 79 made up 9.4 percent of the cases and the lowest prevalence of the cases was among those age 19 to 29 years, 3.8 percent.

No cases have been detected in anyone age 18 or younger.

The cause of most of the cases, 39.6 percent, is unknown. Contact with an infected person has been responsible for 37.7 percent of the cases, while domestic travel was cited as the cause for 18.9 percent of the cases. Only 3.8 percent of the cases were attributed to international travel.

Most of the people with coronavirus are women, 50.9 percent, while men make up 34 percent of the cases.

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Natrona County Coronavirus Case Brings State Total To 87

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Wyoming’s coronavirus case count stood at 87 on Monday morning with the discovery of a new Natrona County case on Sunday night.

The Wyoming Department of Health reported Sunday that the diagnosis marked the ninth case for Natrona County.

As of Monday morning, Fremont County remained the hardest hit in the state with 23 cases. Laramie County had 19, Teton County had 14, Natrona had nine, Sheridan had six, Johnson had five and Carbon County had three.

Albany, Campbell, Converse, Goshen, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater and Washakie had one case each.

In the face of the growing number of cases in Teton County, the Jackson Town Council on Saturday adopted an emergency “stay at home” order.

The order directs everyone in Jackson to stay in their homes except to obtain supplies or take part in outdoor activity.

Company Gives Wyoming ‘F’ for Social Distancing

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A company that studies the movement of people based on their cell phone signals has given Wyoming a grade of “F” for social distancing.

Unacast, which tracks cell phone signals to determine patterns in human mobility, reported that the average distance traveled by Wyoming residents since coronavirus first surfaced actually increased by 6% as of March 22.

Wyoming was the only state to receive an “F” on Unacast’s “Social Distancing Scoreboard.” Montana, which saw distance traveled decline by 15 percent during the same period, received a “D.” The District of Columbia, where the distance traveled has fallen by 61%, received the best rating on the scorecard.The average grade for the country was a “B,” reflecting a 40% decline in travel distances.

Tomas Walle, Unacast’s CEO and founder, said in a blog that his company based its scorecard on distance traveled because it “captures how people adapt their everyday behavior in a few significant areas.” He added the company is working to add new data to its scorecard, such as changes in the number of encounters among people and changes in the number of locations visited.

Among Wyoming’s counties, only nine received a grade better than an “F.” Teton County, with a travel decline of 61%, had the best rating in the state, followed by Park County with a decline of 45%.

Carbon County, with a travel increase of 62%, was ranked worst in the state, followed by Albany County, with a travel distance increase of 61%. Unacast said it created the scoreboard using its technology to provide a free tool so public health experts, policy makers and others can reinforce the importance of social distancing. The company stressed that its technology does not identify any individual person or their cell phone, instead using tens of millions of anonymous mobile phones and their interactions to develop its data.

Sheridan County Reports Recovery For Four Coronavirus Patients; 17 Statewide Recoveries

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

NOTE: This story is developing…

Four of the five people in Sheridan County diagnosed with coronavirus have recovered, according to county health officials.

The county’s Health Department, in its daily coronavirus update, said the four patients have ended their self-isolation.

Dr. Ian Hunter, the county’s health officer, urged all those who may have traveled outside of Sheridan recently to strongly consider quarantining themselves for two weeks.

Earlier in the week, Fremont County officials announced that two of the county’s coronavirus patients had also recovered.

Statewide Recoveries

Seventeen of the people diagnosed with coronavirus in the state have recovered, according to the Department of Health.

The department reported on Friday that of the 70 confirmed cases in the state, 12 individuals have been released from isolation. 

Kim Deti, a spokeswoman with the Department of Health, said the department considers someone “recovered” when they have gone 72 hours without a fever and have seen improvements in any respiratory problems.

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Wyoming Up to 86 Cases of Coronavirus; Two New Cases in Fremont County

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Wyoming’s coronavirus case count rose to 86 on Sunday with the diagnosis of two new cases in Fremont County.

Sunday morning’s count as reported by the Wyoming Department of Health brought Fremont County’s total number of cases to 23, the highest in the state.

However, the state Health Department also reported that at least two more coronavirus patients have recovered from the illness, bringing the number of recovered patients to 20 statewide.

Fremont County officials have said that based on polls of doctors, nurses and other health care providers, they are estimating that more than 400 residents in Lander, Riverton, Ethete, Fort Washakie, Shoshone and Dubois have been advised to self-isolate.

“The disease is active in the community,” said a statement from the Fremont County Incident Management Team.

The statement also said 19 of the county’s cases are related to the appearance of the virus in a Lander retirement home.

As of Sunday morning, the state’s case count stood at 23 in Fremont County, 19 in Laramie County, 14 in Teton County, eight in Natrona, six in Sheridan, five in Johnson and three in Carbon. Albany, Campbell, Converse, Goshen, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater and Washakie counties each reported one case.

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Wyoming Coronavirus Cases Up To 53; Johnson County Gets First Case

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The first case of coronavirus in Johnson County was diagnosed on Thursday as the state’s total case load increased to 53.

Increases Thursday morning were also seen in Laramie County, where the count rose by two, and in Teton County, which saw one new case added to its numbers.

Gov. Mark Gordon, during a Wednesday news conference, reminded Wyoming residents that as more coronavirus tests became available and were conducted, the number of confirmed cases in the state would rise.

As of Thursday morning, Fremont and Laramie counties both had 14 cases, Teton had seven, Natrona had six, Sheridan had four, Carbon had three and Albany, Campbell, Johnson, Park and Sweetwater counties had one case each.

Devils Tower Shuts Down

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The National Park Service Announced late Wednesday that Devils Tower will be closed until further notice.

“Effective immediately, Devils Tower National Monument is closed to all park visitors until further notice,” the Park Service said in a release. “There will be no visitor access permitted. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.”

The Park Service said the closure is due to a request of local public health officers from Crook County, WY.

“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority,” the release reads. “The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Park Service said they would notify the public when they resume full operations and will provide updates on their website and social media channels.

In the meantime, updates about NPS operations will be posted here:

Coronavirus Cases Set At 49 In Wyoming

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The number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew to 49 on Wednesday, with 10 new cases reported as of 9 p.m.

The Wyoming Health Department reported the newest cases were seen in Natrona, Albany, Teton, Laramie and Fremont counties.

The one new case was the first for Albany County, while three more new cases were reported in Teton County, bringing its total to six.Laramie County’s case count went up by four, while Fremont and Natrona counts increased by two each.

Fremont County still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 14. Laramie County has 12, while Teton and Natrona have six, Sheridan County has four, Carbon County has three and Albany, Campbell, Park and Sweetwater counties all have one.

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