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Wyoming reports first positive coronavirus case

Sheridan County woman recently traveled domestically
Posted at 8:32 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 00:41:41-04

A woman in Sheridan County, Wyoming, has tested positive for COVID-19, the state's first coronavirus case, Wyoming health officials said Wednesday.

The Wyoming Department of Health said the woman has recent domestic travel history, and officials are working to learn more about that person's exposure risk.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, Wyoming's health officer, said the risk of transmission remains low for most residents.

“We expected to identify a case in Wyoming at some point because the reach of the disease is clearly growing. Travelers to certain affected locations and close contacts of ill people are still overall at the highest risk of becoming ill,” she said.

Recommended steps that can help avoid the spread of COVID-19 or similar illness include:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60 percent alcohol.

“Travel recommendations and restrictions are also important,” Harrist said. The CDC currently recommends no nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy and no travel on cruise ships.
The CDC also says older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should consider avoiding situations with increased risk for transmission because they are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness. Examples include avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips and avoiding crowded places.

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