WYOMING — Lab testing at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory has identified the second known case in the state with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
The patient is a hospitalized older adult male Fremont County resident with currently unknown exposure risk.
WDH is following up to learn more about the person’s exposure risk and to identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patient. Known contacts will be monitored for symptoms and tested if needed.
As is currently standard, the test result is considered to be a “presumptive positive” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will conduct further testing for confirmation.
Meanwhile, Wyoming Public Media is reporting the woman who was the first to come down with COVOD-19 in Sheridan County is doing better since her diagnoses.
The patient is staying at home and feeling better, as of when she was diagnosed. Some people who have had contact with her are in quarantine, but haven’t shown any symptoms as of now, Sheridan Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Addlesperger told WPM’s Catherine Wheeler.
Everyone who had contact with the woman has been notified and are all home quarantined. None have been tested and will not be unless they exhibit symptoms.
Symptoms reported with this disease are familiar: fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are many different coronaviruses, some of which cause the common cold in people and others that circulate among animals.
Experts believe COVID-19 spreads mostly between people who are in close contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most ill with obvious symptoms. A person may also get COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
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