Wyoming Health Officer, Dr. Alexia Harrist, released a third statewide order Tuesday, temporarily closing all nail and hair salons, barber shops, massage parlors, tattoo, body art and piercing shops, and cosmetology, electrology, and esthetic services. The order is now in effect, and shall remain in effect until April 3. Late last Thursday, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon endorsed the decision by Dr. Harrist to close public places in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Wyoming. That closure order includes schools, theaters, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, employee cafeterias, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, gyms, conference rooms and museums.
In order to help local businesses navigate through this difficult time, the Sheridan County Incident Management Team encourages the community and businesses to visit Wyoming Department of Health’s COVID-19 page online that you can access here: https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-orders-and-guidance/.
Sheridan County Health Officer, Dr. Ian Hunter, asks those that have traveled outside our community, whether it be for spring break, work, or other reasons, strongly consider a period of self-quarantine after returning to the Sheridan area. Average incubation period for the novel coronavirus is five days, but can occur from 2-14 days. An individual may not develop symptoms for 14 days after contracting the virus.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital has a Dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) phone number at 307-672-1004. This line is strictly for those who are experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Tests are being administered in a number of locations around town depending on how you are screened. The provider who orders your test will direct you to the appropriate testing location at the time of your screening.
For patients 12 and under, a separate testing location has been established. Parents can call 307-675-5555 to visit with a pediatric specialist and determine whether testing is needed. WDH uploaded a new map to their website showing which counties have had confirmed COVID-19 cases. The website also provides Wyoming’s COVID-19 testing statistics. You can access the site here: https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-map-and-statistics/