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Casper College reports three active coronavirus cases
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Casper College reports three active coronavirus cases

Casper College Reopening

A sign that reads "Please maintain 6 feet of physical distance" hangs on a door to the Student Union Building at the Casper College campus July 13. The college has reported three active cases.

Two students and one employee at Casper College have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The two students’ cases were identified last week, according to data posted to the college’s website. Classes at CC restarted on Aug. 24. The employee’s case was reported the week before. All three cases are still listed by the college as active cases.

Hailey Rodgers, spokeswoman for the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, said last week that “all contacts have been identified and contacted and the individuals are quarantining or isolating as appropriate. We do not believe there is any additional risk to others at this time.”

A college spokesman Monday referred a reporter to information posted on the college’s website but did not offer further details. It’s unclear if the students were living in campus housing or how many other students and staff have been tested. There’s little mention of testing within the college’s reopening plan.

The cases are not the first time the virus has been identified at educational institutions in Wyoming as schools reopen across the state. A part of Eastern Wyoming College was temporarily closed last week because of a visitor to campus later tested positive. A high schooler in Torrington tested positive after attending classes during the first week of school.

The University of Wyoming has had several dozen cases, though officials say the vast majority of them have been among off-campus students. On Monday, the school announced seven new cases had been detected in the past five days. The new cases include one student living on campus, two employees in Laramie and four students living off campus, the university said in a statement.

The university requires mass, weekly testing and has so far tested more than 12,000 students and staff.

Casper College announced recently that it was partnering with the local health department to operate a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site near the campus.

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Education and Health Reporter

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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