4:00 p.m. March 14, 2020 UPDATE
While we continue to work through this together, Sheridan County, the City of Sheridan, and the towns of Dayton, Ranchester, and Clearmont want the public to know essential services will continue and we do not expect any interruptions or closures at this time.
There has been a second presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 virus identified in Sheridan County. The second male patient tested presumptive positive out of state and has returned to Sheridan County to self-isolate in his home. Wyoming Department of Health is leading the follow up investigation regarding the close contacts the second patient may have had. This brings the total number of presumptive positive cases to three within Wyoming, with the other in Fremont County.
The Sheridan County Airport, TSA, and the airline are taking extra cleaning precautions during check-in, unloading and between flights, in addition to their normal cleaning schedules.
Sheridan County School Districts 1, 2, and 3 will continue normal operations with minor adjustments to large gatherings such as concerts. Their guidance has come from State Superintendent Jillian Balow and Dr. Alexia Harrist, Wyoming’s state health officer. Their decisions were based on the recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). We are currently communicating with these three school districts and are closely monitoring the safety concerns for our county students.
The public is encouraged to continue practicing prevention measures outlined by the CDC and WDH regarding steps in dealing with this virus.
Follow these guidelines:
· Stay home if sick (but if you are concerned it may be more than just a cold, please consult your physician).
· Elderly and vulnerable individuals should avoid gatherings of 250 or more people.
· 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.
The 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:
· Shortness of Breath
Testing for COVID-19 is continuing locally, but available test kits are still limited.
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/
Below, are CDC and state links to information and precautions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/