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Second Natrona County coronavirus case identified
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Second Natrona County coronavirus case identified

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Health officials have identified a second case of the new coronavirus in Natrona County, they announced late Monday.

The positive identification means two people in Natrona County have now tested positive for the respiratory virus.

Officials at the Casper-Natrona County Health Department said they learned about the new case at 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to an announcement released minutes later.

The patient and immediate household members are now self-quarantining at the recommendation of health officials, the department said.

"The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is diligently working to complete thorough contact tracing on any positive cases identified in Natrona County," the announcement stated. "This process includes interviewing the positive patient, gathering travel history or possible places of exposure, and identifying and reaching out to any possible contacts as soon as possible.  We assure you, we are working rigorously to identify and locate anyone else who may be ill or at risk from exposure and recommend they take the necessary precautions."

The new case brings the number of coronavirus cases identified in Wyoming to 29. However, the actual number is almost certainly higher because testing is so limited.

Also Monday, health officials offered new details about the county's first case, which was identified Friday. She is a woman in her 50s who is self-quarantining and appears to have contracted the virus during in-state travel.

The patient, whose diagnosis was confirmed last week, tested positive after being examined at a Wyoming Medical Center facility. That patient works in a health care setting, according to Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti, but not in a direct care position.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is a respiratory illness. Its symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Symptoms appear within two weeks. If you have contact with a person who has COVID-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days.

Wyoming cases by county

  • Fremont County: 10
  • Laramie County: 7
  • Sheridan County: 4
  • Teton County: 2
  • Campbell County: 1
  • Carbon County: 2
  • Natrona County: 2
  • Park County: 1

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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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