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Posted on: March 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Public Health Sees Increase in Home-isolation Monitoring Cases

Due to the lack of available COVID-19 test supplies, individuals who do not require hospitalization are being deemed a possible positive and are instructed to self-quarantine at home. Healthcare providers who have identified a patient as a possible positive, notify Campbell County Public Health. Upon notification, a Public Health nurse is assigned to contact the patient to begin the monitoring process immediately. Monitoring is done over the phone and includes a twice-a-day review of the patient’s current symptoms, and the family members living in the same house. Additionally, Public Health confirms the patient is self-quarantining, and family members are home-isolating.

Folks in the community should not let their guard down simply because Campbell County only has one positive test. Public Health anticipates the community will see a spike in the number of positive tests, once sample collection kits become more widely available. This underscores the importance of social distancing—staying at home, if possible, and keeping at least six feet of distance between people. “We don’t want people to think COVID-19 isn’t present in the community. We believe we will start seeing an increase in positive cases as we receive more sample collection kits. This is why it is so important for people to follow social distancing guidelines,” stated Campbell County Public Health Director, Jane Glaser. “We owe it to each other to be a good neighbor and stop the spread,” Glaser added.

Public Health was also notified on Thursday afternoon, Campbell County’s single confirmed case has been released from quarantine by the Wyoming Department of Health. Additionally, 12 possible positive patients who were home-isolating and being actively monitored by Public Health have been released from isolation.

CDC guidelines direct positive and possible positive patients, who do not require hospitalization, to be quarantined at home for seven days, or be fever-free with improved respiratory symptoms for 72 hours, whichever is greater.

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