Nearly 30 people at Campbell County Health have had contact with a patient who became Campbell County’s 15th case of COVID-19.
On Thursday, the hospital performed emergency surgery on an asymptomatic patient, a woman in her 60s, Campbell County Public Health reports. She later tested positive for coronavirus. She was the first community-acquired case in the county, meaning the source of infection was unknown.
Dr. Kirtikumar Patel, county public health officer, said the woman had been following recommended health guidelines and recommendations, including staying at home. She did not show any coronavirus symptoms when she showed up for the procedure.
During the surgery, 28 people had contact with the patient, meaning there was less than 6 feet of distance between them and the patient for more than 10 minutes.
Patel said all 28 have been tested but the results have not yet come back.
“I hope and pray no one’s positive,” he said.
"For a small community of 50,000 to have three, five, 10 (new cases) overnight, it’s too much for our system to handle," he said.
State count at 429
While Campbell County's tally of confirmed cases of the virus is at 15, the state's has grown to 429, according to the daily COVID-19 update reported Saturday afternoon.
There also are 150 probable cases in the state and there have been seven deaths. Of the state's confirmed and probable cases, 391 have recovered.
The state also is closing in on having done 10,000 corornavirus tests at 9,976, which includes tests done at commercial labs and the Wyoming Public Laboratory in Cheyenne. That puts Wyoming at a 4.3% infection rate of people who've been tested.
For Campbell County, 411 tests have been done on residents, which puts the county's infection rate below the state average at 3.6%.
Fremont County has the most confirmed cases of the virus at 119 (nine probable cases, followed by Laramie County with 99 (52) and Teton County with 66 (31). Also in double figures are Natrona County with 38 cases (10), Converse with 14 (nine), Sheridan with 12 (4) and 11 each in Johnson and Sweetwater counties.
A surge of cases in Fremont County over the past week also has it leading the state in ratio of confirmed cases at 303.1 per 100,000 residents. That passes Teton County's ratio of 281.3 and Laramie at 99.5. Campbell County's ratio is 32.4 cases per 100,000 people.