As of Tuesday evening, the Fremont County Incident Management Team reported Fremont County has two new patients that have tested positive for the COVID-19 bringing the total number to 12.
Consultation with all available testing laboratories shows that results are currently delayed at least a week with over 40 tests still pending in the county, and this will likely greatly worsen as the national problem intensifies and lab resources are potentially diverted. This information along with a significant increase in calls to our local Public Health number, and reports by clinics in our communities, shows that the virus is likely extensively spread in our community.
We must transition to efforts to decrease the spread of the disease. This means stricter adherence to social distancing practices at all times in all places including at home, stores and parks. If you are ill in any way then self isolate as soon as possible. Then call friends, family and employer soon after so that they can take appropriate precautions.Fremont County Public Health
With the volume of phone calls to providers and the Fremont County Department of Public Health increasing, the Incident Management Team is providing additional detail on health guidance to the public.
Anyone with upper respiratory symptoms or fever is assumed to be COVID-19 positive and needs to self-isolate.
This means stay home and avoid all public places!!
What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19):
How do I know if I was exposed?
You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected.
Close contact includes:
- Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19,
- Caring for a sick person with COVID-19,
- Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, OR
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)
If you have not been in close contact with a sick person, you are at low risk for infection.
- You can continue to go to work but you need to:
- Monitor your health for 14 days after the contact. Check your temperature twice daily.
- Maintain strict social distancing from people (6-10 feet of space between you and other people including in your homes, work, and public spaces)
- Stay away from others if you get sick, if sickness occurs during the 14-day incubation period start self-isolation at home away from others in the home and notify your medical provider or public health office.
How to Self-isolate:
- STAY HOME. DO NOT leave your residence except for medical care.
- Separate from others in the home. Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible.
What should I do if I was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 while they were sick but I am not sick?
- You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.
- You should monitor your health for fever, temperature of 100.0°F (checking temperature twice daily) cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19.
- If you develop symptoms during the monitoring period record the date of symptom onset and contact your medical provider or a public health nurse.
What should I do if I was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and get sick?
If you get sick with fever, temp of 100.0°F, cough or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are very mild), you likely have COVID-19.
- You should isolate yourself at home and away from other people within the home.
Conditions that increase risk of serious infection:
If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection—
- age 60 years or older
- are pregnant
- Cardiovascular disease (HTN, heart disease, etc.)
- Chronic respiratory disease (COPD, asthma, etc.)
- Cancer or immunocompromising conditions
Contact your physician’s office and tell them that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.
|Discontinuing home isolation for sick contacts of COVID-19 patients: At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since ALL symptoms have stopped without the use of any medication. AND At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.|
If you feel that you are unable to follow these guidelines for any reason please contact your public health department at 307-857-3677 or 307-856-6979.
- Monitor your symptoms carefully. Check your temperature, take medication to reduce fever such as Tylenol (NOT TO EXCEED 3 grams or 3,000 mg daily!) if you cannot take Tylenol, reach out to your provider, get plenty of rest, and stay hydrated.
- Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.
- For medical emergencies call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel of your symptoms.
- Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have symptoms, or are being evaluated for COVID-19.
- If you have symptoms, separate from others as much as possible in the home. If possible stay in a specific room and use a bathroom that is not shared.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid sharing personal household items Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in the home
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.