Campbell County Health Notified of First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

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Late Friday afternoon Campbell County Health (CCH) was notified by Campbell County Public Health that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Campbell County. The person is not a patient at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.

The Wyoming Department of Health is working closely with the Campbell County Public Health to monitor and assess the affected patient.

CCH has implemented a Respiratory Symptom Screening process. Those with respiratory symptoms are asked to call their healthcare provider or 307-688-1000, which is open daily from 7 am-7 pm. The phone screening evaluates respiratory symptoms. Once the person goes through the screening criteria, and only if they meet criteria, they will be directed to a drive-through screening process.

“We continue to work in close partnership with Public Health to help minimize the spread of illness and the risk to healthcare workers,” said Andy Fitzgerald, CEO of Campbell County Health. “Now, more than ever, we urge our community to stay home and participate in social distancing—it’s the best way to slow down the spread of this virus.”

If you have trouble breathing, call 911. If you develop other emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Consult your healthcare provider for other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

For CCH updates on coronavirus, please visit www.cchwyo.org/covid19. For more Wyoming information on COVID-19, please visit www.health.wyo.gov.

As a reminder, Campbell County Health’s Respiratory Symptom Screening Process has moved to the Main Entrance, or circle drive, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), 501 S. Burma Avenue in Gillette. The move makes screening more efficient for CCH staff.

To begin the screening process, those with respiratory symptoms are asked to call your healthcare provider or 307.688.1000.

Once the patient goes through the screening process, and only if they meet criteria, they will be directed to a mobile swabbing site in the Circle Drive at CCMH. The purpose of the call screening and mobile swabbing screening is to limit local transmission of infectious diseases, including possible COVID-19, by providing a screening alternative to the CCMH Emergency Department, local walk-in clinics or urgent care facilities as well as physician offices. At the mobile screening location

• You must be referred to the drive through site in order to be screened.
• Patients will be asked to present picture ID and screening number provided at phone screening.
• Patients will be asked to remain in their car during the process to prevent transmission.
• Providers will wear appropriate personal protective gear.
• After testing, patients are asked to self-isolate at home until you get your test results.

If after hours, and you are not having trouble breathing, self-isolate at home and wait until the phone lines are open.

Please note that this screening process will not automatically provide COVID-19 testing upon request. The Centers for Disease Control advises doctors to use their best judgment when it comes to determining if someone should be tested for COVID-19. In Wyoming, we have limited test kits available, and you may not meet the criteria to be tested. We want to ensure that our most vulnerable people – especially older adults who are at greatest risk for serious complications and death – are tested first.

Please be aware that even if you are tested for COVID-19, you will not receive results for several days. Remember to self-isolate at home.

Remember: Testing for COVID-19 is not a medical emergency. The majority of coronavirus cases will be mild and will not require hospital care. If you have reason to believe you might have the virus, and are not experiencing difficulty breathing please call your healthcare provider or 307.688.1000.

Brenda

Brenda

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