WY Dept of Health news & CDC directions for masks

News from the Wyoming Department of Health                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Contact: Kim DetiPhone:
307-777-6420

Four Deaths Added to Wyoming’s Coronavirus-Related Count

Four Fremont County residents, all previously identified as laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, have died, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

The newly confirmed deaths include an older man, older woman, adult woman and adult man. Each had been hospitalized. Two of the four had existing conditions that put them at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus. There have been 320 confirmed and 116 probable cases reported so far from across Wyoming.

“These announcements are difficult to make,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH.

“We’ve talked a lot about who has the highest risk of hospitalization and death related to this disease and that is important information,” she said. “But the truth is anyone can get sick with COVID-19, anyone has a chance of a serious illness and anyone who is infected can pass COVID-19 on to others.”

WDH recommendations to help slow the spread of illness include:

· Follow current public health orders, which encourage staying home much as possible.

· Stay home when sick and avoid contact with other people unless you need medical attention. · Follow common-sense steps such as washing your hands often and well; covering your coughs and sneezes; and cleaning and disinfecting.

· Wear cloth face coverings in public setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Symptoms reported with COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

For more information about COVID-19 from WDH, visit: https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/.

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Directions for making masks:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

News from the Wyoming Department of Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 6, 2020
Contact: Kim Deti Phone: 307-777-6420


Targeted Use of Personal Face Coverings Recommended for Wyoming Residents

With new national recommendations encouraging the targeted use of personal face coverings due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official is updating residents on why using them at key times could be helpful.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other measures meant to keep people apart are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said as experts continue to learn more about COVID-19, a new virus, it’s becoming clear some people can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. “This means the virus can spread between people who are close to each other without them realizing it is happening. That’s the reason for this change and new recommendation,” she said.

“We want you to stay home and away from other people as much as possible,” Harrist said. “But if and when you do need to go out into the community, this is an extra voluntary measure CDC is suggesting to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”

“It is critical for everyone to continue following the public health orders we have in place in Wyoming. Wearing a face covering is absolutely not a substitute for social distancing, which remains important to slowing the spread of this virus,” she said.

Harrist said the cloth face coverings CDC recommends for most people can purchased, made or adapted from common items and materials at low cost.“These are definitely not the same thing as surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those types of masks are vital supplies right now across the country and we need to save them for healthcare workers and other medical first responders,” she said.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone who can’t take the covering off without help.

When removing the coverings, people should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth and should wash hands immediately after removing. Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed, depending on the frequency of use, in a washing machine.

Visit
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html for more details and a video demonstration on making coverings for personal use. Added information on using and making the coverings can also be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

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More information about COVID-19 and Wyoming can be found at
https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/.