Health Officials Announce Carbon County, Wyoming COVID-19 Case
March 18, 2020
In light of the first COVID-19 diagnosis in Carbon County, WY, public officials from the Carbon County Health Department, Memorial Hospital of Carbon County, and other agencies are emphasizing the importance of continued community mitigation measures to manage the severity and duration of this illness in Carbon County.
Local officials were notified late today by the Wyoming Department of Health that an adult male, over the age of 50, and living in Carbon County, has tested positive for COVID-19. The test was performed at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory, which is part of the Wyoming Department of Health. He continues to self-isolate at home while being monitored by health officials.
“The State Health Officer confirmed the first case in Carbon County. Though this is our first case, we do not expect it to be our last. I encourage Carbon County to stay vigilant with personal hygiene practices and social distancing. If you are exhibiting a fever, cough, and flu like symptoms please contact your healthcare provider. If you have any questions please contact Carbon County Public Health.” Dr. Wayne Couch, MD, Carbon County Health Officer
As part of its emergency readiness plan, Memorial Hospital of Carbon County has implemented a call-line to screen patients. If you have fever, cough, or influenza-like symptoms; if you have had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19; or if you have traveled within the last 14 days to an area with widespread transmission, you should recover at home and call your provider or MHCC’s hotline at 307-321-5767 for a phone evaluation. You should not come to MHCC’s medical clinics. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, including difficulty breathing, you should dial 911. Visit Carbon County Covid19 Response’s dedicated coronavirus Facebook page for up-to-date information.
Local agencies will continue to provide community education about mitigation efforts such as social distancing. Evidence from other affected cities and countries clearly shows that areas that initiated mitigation measures prior to widespread community transmission are significantly better able to address their community’s needs.
For more Wyoming information on COVID-19, please visit health.wyo.gov.