SHERIDAN COUNTY MONITORING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (10:00 a.m. March 20, 2020 UPDATE)

Updates will be provided by the Board of County Commission Incident Management Team twice daily at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. via media releases at sheridancounty.com. 

The Board of County Commission Incident Management Team consists of the Sheridan County Health Officer, Sheridan County Public Health, and other community stakeholders.

Last night Governor Mark Gordon endorsed a decision by the Wyoming State Health Officer to close public places for a two-week period to help slow the community spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The closure order extends through April 3, 2020, and includes schools, theaters, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops, employee cafeterias, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, gyms, conference rooms and museums. 

Restaurants will be closed to dine-in food service, but may remain open for curbside take-out or drive-through food service. Under the order, childcare centers will be closed except for those serving essential personnel. 

This order does not apply to places of public accommodation that offer food and beverage not for on premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, retail stores that offer food, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries.

Our County Health Officer recommends any business that require prolonged close contact with anyone is recommended to close. This would include businesses such as hair and nail salons, tattoo shops, and businesses offering therapeutic massage services.

The Sheridan County IMT encourages businesses and the community to view the full order at https://health.wyo.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Statewide-Order-3.19.2020.pdf.

A press conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. today with Sheridan County Sheriff Allen Thompson, Sheridan Police Chief Richard Adriaens, and Sheridan County Attorney Dianna Bennett to provide further details to the community regarding the order.

The Sheridan Memorial Hospital has a Dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phone Number 307-672-1004. This line is strictly for those who have the following symptoms and think they may be infected with the virus. The symptoms to watch for are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

The public is encouraged to follow these guidelines outlined by the CDC and WDH:

  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick or may have been exposed.
  • Stay home if sick (but if you are concerned it may be more than just a cold, please consult your physician).
  • Avoid gatherings of 50 or more people.
  • Cancel gatherings of more than 10 people for organizations that serve higher-risk populations.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

We are asking that the public not overwhelm our healthcare professionals asking for tests if they are not at risk.  For more information please contact Sheridan County Public Health, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 307-672-5169, and follow the voice prompts. 

Local links are listed here:

            Sheridan Memorial Hospital: https://www.sheridanhospital.org/

Sheridan VA: https://www.sheridan.va.gov/

            Sheridan College: https://www.sheridan.edu/

            Sheridan School District 1: https://www.sheridan.k12.wy.us/

            Sheridan School District 2: https://scsd2.com/

            Sheridan School District 3: https://www.sheridan3.com/

            Holy Name Catholic School: https://holynamesheridan.org/school

            Martin Luther Grammar School: https://wyoschool.faith/

Below, are CDC and state links to information and precautions:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.htmlhttps://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/