Child testing positive for COVID-19 closes Wyoming daycare

Child testing positive for COVID-19 closes Wyoming daycare

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Nearly 300 people at a child daycare center and a separate long-term care facility will be tested and quarantined after people tested positive for the coronavirus amid a surge of new cases over the past week.

A child testing positive for the coronavirus prompted the closure of the daycare center and the testing of 32 employees and children. The child was tested after a parent tested positive. The child last attended the Casper facility May 13, according to the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

On Thursday, health officials said 265 staff members and residents at the long-term care facility would be tested and quarantined after a resident tested positive for coronavirus there, health officials. The Wyoming Department of Health identified it as Life Care Center of Casper, but officials did not release additional details.

The department is relying heavily on its partnership with the Wyoming Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, to conduct so many tests at once, said Hailey Bloom, the agency’s spokeswoman.

“They offered us three testing sites, plus testing at our facility,” Bloom said. “Without that, it would be a logistical nightmare.”

The case occurred amid a surge of at least 15 new cases in the Casper area over a week. The area had no new cases in the three weeks before that.

Health officials ordered all children associated with the daycare to quarantine for two weeks. Sixteen staff members and 16 children were advised to immediately get tested for the coronavirus.

The department didn't identify the family or daycare center, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Health officials planned to work with the facility to ensure it was cleaned and sanitized before reopening.

Wyoming has had at least 787 confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus, officials said. Of those, 534 have recovered and 11 died.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.

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