Two more Natrona County coronavirus cases reported; 15th positive in a week
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Two more Natrona County coronavirus cases reported; 15th positive in a week

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Two more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Natrona County, the health department there announced Wednesday. 

The latest cases involve a man in his 70s whose exposure is unknown and a woman whose exposure is related to contact with another person who tested positive.

Natrona County has now confirmed 15 cases since May 13 after going three weeks without a case. On Tuesday, county health officer Dr. Mark Dowell said that recent influx "correlates really well," with people not taking seriously the recommendations put in place to stem the virus' spread. 

Health officials have confirmed 53 cases in Natrona County since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.

To date, Wyoming has recorded more than 600 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with nearly 200 additional probable cases, according to the health department.

Eleven residents have died after contracting COVID-19.

To limit the virus' spread, Gov. Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist in March ordered the closure of schools and many businesses where people congregate, including bars, gyms and hair salons.

Gyms and personal care establishments were able to reopen with some restrictions May 1. The state has also allowed restaurants to open again — with conditions. And on May 15, the state allowed an order limiting public gatherings to 10 people or less was allowed to expire in favor of one setting the limit at 25.

The orders — and the economic hardship they've caused — prompted some protests, though not on the scale seen in other states. Gordon has said the reopening of Wyoming is being driven by data, not dates.

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