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Hundreds Potentially Exposed To Coronavirus Cases Tied To Casper Daycare And Nursing Home

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Almost 300 individuals in Casper will be tested after potentially coming into contact with two recently confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, May 20, a child received a positive test after their parent was confirmed to have the disease.

Casper-Natrona County Health Department's Hailey Bloom said through contact tracing the department realized the child had attended a Casper child care facility on May 13.

"We've identified that we don't think that that child was exposed at the childcare facility," said Bloom. "So it's really of no fault to that establishment. They were doing what they were supposed to do."

All children and some staff have been asked to quarantine. A total of 32 staff have been tested.

Bloom said the next day a positive test came back for a resident of a Casper long-term care facility. All staff and residents are getting tested thursday, May 21.

"The positive resident has been isolated away from others to help minimize exposure. And the facility is still following all the recommended protocols as far as cleaning and PPE and all those types of things," said Bloom.

265 staff and residents will be tested. Bloom said results could be available as soon as 48 hours after the tests were administered. A Worland nursing home resident died from the disease Thursday, May 21.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Kamila Kudelska, at kkudelsk@uwyo.edu.

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