Natrona County sees changes in Covid-19 cases

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 5:07 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - After a surge in Covid-19 cases, Natrona County is currently on the downward slope. The last week has shown a slight decrease in positive PCR tests. However, Wyoming Medical Center is still battling the pandemic.

“There’s a little bit of lag between community cases and what’s going on in the hospital. Hopefully another week or so we’ll see a dramatic decrease in the amount of cases in the hospital,” said Dr. Andy Dunn, Wyoming Medical Center’s Chief of Primary Care.

With colder temperatures quickly approaching the region, officials say they are concerned case numbers may rise again.

“Anytime we have an increase, whether its a pattern in cold weather, people will find their way inside more and be more together so definitely worried about that,” said Dunn.

This time of year also brings on may other viral and bacterial infections. Doctors across Natrona County are seeing an early surge of influenza and RSV cases. They encourage residents who may experience symptoms of respiratory illness to see a provider as soon as possible.

“Covid-19 is unfortunately very prevalent. The positivity rate is still greater than 10 percent in the county. That still needs to be considered. Covid-19 needs to be treated differently than another viral case or bacterial case,” said Dunn.

40 percent of Natrona County residents are now vaccinated. Dr. Dunn encourages anyone who is eligible to receive their vaccine to consider it and continue to mask up.

“Vaccination is the way to go. It’s absolutely the way to go. It’s a way to slow the spread. It’s the way to minimize the mutation of the virus. It’s the best way to mitigate any type of risk,” said Dunn.

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