Wyoming health officials confirmed the first known case of coronavirus in Wyoming on Wednesday evening, hours after the number of patients in Colorado increased and health officials in Casper urged calm.
The first Wyoming patient identified with the virus, according to the Department of Health, is a Sheridan County woman with a recent domestic travel history.
“WDH is pursuing this to learn more details about the person’s exposure risk and to identify and communicate with people who may be in close contact with the patient,” the Ministry of Health wrote in an announcement. “Known contacts are monitored for symptoms and tested if necessary. As currently standard, the test result will be classified as “presumably positive” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will conduct further tests for confirmation. “
Ministry of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti largely declined to provide additional details late Wednesday evening, saying the Ministry is still following up. She said the results of the test came back “late, late” on Wednesday afternoon.
It is unclear where the patient is being treated.
Respiratory disease continues to march across the United States and the world. As of Wednesday, there are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. with at least 37 deaths. There were more than 120,000 cases and 4,300 deaths worldwide. In response to the wave of cases, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday evening that the trip to Europe, where the virus has spread significantly in some areas, will be suspended on Friday.