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Four Wyoming Medical Center employees test positive for coronavirus in past week
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Four Wyoming Medical Center employees test positive for coronavirus in past week

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IV bags hang in the hallways of the ICU at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. 

Four of the latest 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Natrona County are Wyoming Medical Center employees, the Casper hospital said Monday.

Four employees have tested positive for the coronavirus since Wednesday, with two testing positive Monday.

All four of the newly diagnosed employees work directly with patients, the hospital said in a statement. The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is evaluating each case.

“The initial investigation showed that two employees diagnosed earlier in the week were traced together, so Wyoming Medical Center made the decision to test all staff who had close contact with the two positive employees over the weekend,” the hospital said in a statement.

All of the employees are self-quarantining.

The hospital statement did not identify the specific roles the employees hold at the hospital. In a follow up email, a hospital official declined to release the specific positions of the employees.

“Wyoming Medical Center put into place its limited visitor policy in March and implemented a required mask protocol for everyone on site including employees, physicians and visitors in April,” the hospital said in a statement. “Those policies remain in place, and are expected to remain in place indefinitely to help protect our community.”

The new cases are in addition to two other employees and a Wyoming Medical Center doctor who were diagnosed earlier with the virus. The doctor’s case came to light last week after it was mentioned in an email provided to the Star-Tribune in an unrelated public records request.

When the Star-Tribune inquired about the case with the hospital, a WMC spokeswoman confirmed that case and said three others had occurred since the novel coronavirus first appeared in Wyoming in mid March.

The hospital said the ER doctor did not work with patients or in the hospital before or after the contagious period. He tested negative before being allowed to return.

Natrona County now has 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thirty-eight of those were recorded before April 22. A three-week period with no cases followed, which ended Wednesday. Since then, 11 cases have been recorded.

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Joshua Wolfson joined the Star-Tribune in 2007, covering crime and health before taking over the arts section in 2013. He also served as managing editor before being named editor in June 2017. He lives in Casper with his wife and their two kids.

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Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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