No new COVID confirmations in county for three days; total 38Apr 9, 2020 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Fremont County remained unchanged Thursday, with no increase recorded since Monday.
"That's a good sign," Fremont County public health officer Brian Gee said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
Thirty-eight people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Fremont County, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. Local officials say the total includes 24 patients from Lander, 13 from the Wind River Indian Reservation and one from Riverton.
The WDH is now recording "probable positive" coronavirus cases as well, listing seven in Fremont County.
A "probable positive" patient has been in close contact with a lab-confirmed patient and has symptoms consistent with the virus, the WDH said.
The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory has tested 241 samples from Fremont County for coronavirus, with 22 tests still pending, according to the WDH.
The WDH says nine people have recovered from coronavirus in Fremont County, including six of the lab-confirmed cases and three of the probable cases.
Gee said several of the coronavirus patients still hospitalized at SageWest Health Care at Lander are improving as well, including "some of our more seriously ill patients."
"That's been great news," he said, though he added, "I think there are a few left on ventilators."
Gee said at least one patient has been transferred out of Fremont County for specialized care at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper that was not available at SageWest.
"He is recovering," Gee said.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, consultants and clinics throughout Fremont County directed 30 more people with symptoms of coronavirus to self-isolate, including 12 in Riverton, nine in Lander, eight in Fort Washakie, and one in Dubois, according to local public health officials.
More than 750 people with symptoms have been asked to self-isolate over the past two weeks, according to published reports.
Gee said public health officials are reaching out to "a lot" of those patients and have successfully contacted about 130-140 directly. Of those patients, he said, about 40 have recovered.
He acknowledged that the statistics aren't comprehensive, pointing out that many people may be self-isolating on their own without reporting the illness to a health care provider.