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With cases rising in Laramie County, CLCHD encourages residents to get tested for COVID-19

Published: May. 27, 2021 at 8:43 PM CDT|Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 8:46 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - For the last few weeks, Laramie County has continued to be the hotspot for new positive cases of COVID-19 across the state.

“We’re really starting to see case numbers going back up, our hospitalizations are going back up, we’re at about the high we were seeing in January, so that’s very disconcerting,” said Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department Executive Director, Kathy Emmons.

A Cheyenne Regional Medical Center spokesperson said as of May 27, there are currently 19 COVID positive patients in the hospital. Five of those patients are in the Intensive Care Unit and two of the five are on ventilators. In early March, CRMC had only five COVID positive patients in the hospital and at that time, only one was in the ICU.

Emmons said a large portion of the most recent positive cases were younger kids and young adults. She said that concerns her because those age groups are the people who are most active in the community, and could be spreading the virus to others.

With cases on the rise, CLCHD is encouraging residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Some of the main symptoms include: body aches, chills, fever, dry cough, shortness of breath and loss of smell. Being able to identify those who do have the virus will make it easier to stop the spread of the virus further.

“We know that in order to stop the spread we need to identify people that are positive, so that we can get them isolated or quarantined, so they’re not out spreading the virus, and the only way to get them isolated or quarantined is by making sure they’re testing.”

To give the Laramie County community more accessibility, CLCHD will be reopening its free COVID testing by appointment only. It will be performing COVID testing at its 100 Central Avenue location on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. For more information and how to schedule an appointment, you can head to CLCHD’s website here.

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