A Sheridan County man has been identified as Wyoming's third known coronavirus patient.
Health officials have linked the man to a previously identified coronavirus case in Sheridan County, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. On Wednesday, officials announced that a Sheridan County woman was the state's first known patient infected with COVID-19.
Testing on the man was performed in Colorado, where the man was visiting, the Health Department said.
The Health Department is following up to learn more about the man's exposure risk and who he may have been in close contact with, the agency said in an announcement. People he was in contact with will be monitored for symptoms and could be tested if needed.
The Sheridan County woman who was the state's first patient had what a doctor described as a mild case of the infection. Officials have said they believe they've contacted those who may have been affected by the patient and that at least two people were in self-quarantine.
On Friday, the Health Department announced that an older Fremont County man tested positive for coronavirus. The man, who is a resident of Showboat Retirement Center, is now in isolation at SageWest Health Care in Lander. Health officials are now working to understand the potential spread of the illness.
The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory illness, symptoms of which include fever, cough and shortness of breath. It comes from the broader family of coronaviruses, which causes illnesses like SARS and the common cold.
On Friday, Gov. Mark Gordon declared a state of emergency in response to the virus' emergence in Wyoming. The executive order allows Gordon to activate the Wyoming National Guard if necessary, as well as to unlock federal funding for businesses. Gordon said Thursday that the state will receive $4.5 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after Congress passed a coronavirus aid bill.
Star-Tribune staff writer Seth Klamann contributed to this report.
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