Health Department: Limited Testing Used For Those With Clear Symptoms

Mar 19, 2020

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Wyoming health officials say they are only testing people for COVID-19 who show clear symptoms. State Department of Health Spokeswoman Kim Deti said medical providers are deciding who needs to be tested. 

Health officials have said that they don't have the resources to address everyone who wants to be tested and she said they are focusing on those who are at greatest risk.

"People who are connected with long term care facilities, that's one of the strongest examples.  People who are hospitalized with an unexplained illness and symptoms consistent. Those kind of things," said Deti.

Deti added that they are starting to be able to test more people as are private providers despite the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state. She said there is no cause for alarm.

"Looking at the situation at the other ways we do look at disease surveillance in Wyoming, we don't have an indication that there’s widespread high amounts of illness related to this at this time," Deti said.

She noted that the state health lab in Cheyenne is able to get test results back to patients in the same day.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Bob Beck, at btwo@uwyo.edu.