6 cases in 48 hours.
Park County Health Officer Dr. Aaron Billin shared more details on the alarming uptick in Park County cases of COVID-19. On Monday and Tuesday, 6 new cases were confirmed at Powell Valley Health Care. In this case, all the cases make up a single cluster, and all are related to a single entity – an unidentified oil field company. Several men, women, and even a child were amongst the confirmed cases. The epidemiologists from the Wyoming Department of Health are completing the necessary contact tracing to better understand if this trend will continue. There is not much more information publicly available – although one of these 6 cases is associated with a bar in Powell.
The childcare facility a staff member tested positive for the virus was cleared to open today after deep cleaning. All remaining staff members testing negative. The duties of the afflicted staff member did not involve close contact with children or other staff members. Nevertheless, it is recommended that parents test children and their household contacts prior to returning to the facility. 34 of 52 children at the facility have had negative tests, while others are awaiting results.
There have now been 15 confirmed cases in Park County, with 3 recoveries and no deaths. Only one of those recoveries is associated with this recent spike, as the other 2 were from the initial two cases identified in Park County months ago. Given this sudden spike in cases, Park County has abandoned its request for an additional public health order variance which would’ve allowed indoor restaurants to expand the available seating in their dining rooms.