Another positive case of the COVID-19 virus has been identified in Sheridan County.
The patient is currently at home in isolation, and the Wyoming Department of Health is conducting the follow-up investigation regarding the patient’s named close contacts. Sheridan County Public Health will monitor the patient along with any close contacts identified by the WDH following their investigation.
The information comes from the Incident Management Team.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to five in Sheridan County. The four previous Sheridan County COVID-19 cases have recovered and have ended self-isolation following the guidelines recommended by CDC and the WDH.
Sheridan County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hunter asks those who travel outside the community, whether for spring break, work or other reasons, to strongly consider a period of self-quarantine after returning to the Sheridan area. Average incubation period for the virus is five days but can be from two to 14 days, meaning an individual may not develop symptoms for 14 days after contracting the virus.
With the current statewide public closures, Dr. Hunter strongly urges parents to keep children home and not gather with friends. This includes avoiding playdates, sleepovers and other activities where children and adults could potentially congregate.
With COVID-19 now affecting many aspects of daily life, Wyoming Department of Health representatives are asking residents to recognize the need to take care of their mental health as they protect themselves from disease.
Anyone in immediately danger of harming themselves, or who knows of someone in immediate danger of harming themselves, should call 911 for emergency services.
Anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts is encouraged to call the U.S National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “WYO” to 741-741 for the Crisis Text Line.