Source: US NEWS

Wyoming has identified the first case of a state resident who has the new coronavirus.

The Wyoming Department of Health said in a statement Wednesday night that preliminary testing found a woman from Sheridan County who had recently traveled inside the United States has the virus.

The department said it is following up to learn more details about the person’s exposure risk and to identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patient. Known contacts will be monitored for symptoms and tested if needed.”

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will conduct more tests to confirm that the woman has the virus, the department said.

The current risk of transmission of the new coronavirus in Wyoming remains low for most residents, said Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state epidemiologist.

“We expected to identify a case in Wyoming at some point because the reach of the disease is clearly growing. Travelers to certain affected locations and close contacts of ill people are still overall at the highest risk of becoming ill,” she said.

Gov. Mark Gordon said the state has been preparing for the arrival of the virus.

“Our state has been planning for this situation for weeks and we will continue our coordinated efforts to address this threat,” Gordon said. “I pledge to work closely with our state agencies, federal partners and local officials to ensure we are implementing all the necessary steps to protect public health.”

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.

More than 80,000 people in China have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. More than 61,000 have recovered.


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