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Latest Converse County coronavirus patient is Safeway employee, county says
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Latest Converse County coronavirus patient is Safeway employee, county says

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A customer grabs a shopping cart at a Safeway store in Cupertino, California.

The latest coronavirus patient in Converse County works at the Safeway in Douglas, the county’s emergency management office announced Monday.

“The (patient) had very limited contact with the public on April 13th and 14th,” the agency said.

The case is Converse County’s ninth.

Safeway “has been notified,” the emergency management office said in its Monday press release, and is hiring a third-party cleaning company to “clean and sanitize the entire store.” Prior to the employee’s diagnosis, the grocery had sanitized its store every three hours, with registers getting cleaned every hour.

The store’s staff “had been directed to wear a face covering at all times,” the agency wrote, and Safeway is “working on conjunction with Converse County Public Health to identify any close contacts among employees and follow quarantine guidelines for those individuals.”

As of Monday, testing had confirmed 317 cases in Wyoming. Health officials were aware of another 111 probable cases — instances where someone exhibited COVID-19 symptoms and was in close contact with people who been positively identified.

Two coronavirus patients in Wyoming have died.

More than 237 people have recovered, according to the Wyoming Health Department, between confirmed and probable patients.

To limit the virus’ spread, Gov. Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist have ordered the closure of schools and many businesses where people congregate. Those orders are set to expire at the end of the month. The governor says he will use data, not dates, to determine when the state should reopen.

Like the rest of the country, Wyoming’s economy has been rocked by the business closures, resulting in a massive spike in unemployment claims.

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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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