at this time There are 0 reported Cases of
COVID-19 in Lincoln County.
At this time there are 120 reported cases
of COVID-19 in Wyoming
at this time 26 of the cases in wyoming
16 of these cases have been hospitalized.
THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE CURRENT COVID-19 OUTBREAK SITUATION AND SHARING RECOMMENDATIONS. AT THIS TIME RISK REMAINS LOW IN WYOMING.
Do you have questions on COVID 19? Please email the Wyoming Department of Health: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELPFUL LINKS FOR INFORMATION
The Wyoming Department of Health has a consistently updated COVID 19 website with all of the latest Wyoming related information and recommendations as well as current and past official Wyoming Department of Health press releases on COVID 19. We are also publishing press releases from Wyoming Department of Health on our Office News page of this website, located here. An archive of past COVID-19 related press releases can be viewed here.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has a COVID19 informational website located here.
All our current recommendations come from the Centers for Disease Control. Please visit their official COVID 19 website.
Star Valley Health has an informational phone line: 307-885-5007 and an informational website, including updated Visitor Restrictions to the Hospital and now including a count of testing for the Star Valley area. They have now implemented a Live Support line open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to contact a live person to talk about symptoms, please call 307-885-5008. If you are ill and are requesting an appointment please call ahead - do not simply show up at the hospital if you are actively ill. Call first.
Star Valley Health has published some information on COVID19 testing answering why testing is limited and the process for testing. The article can be found on their website.
South Lincoln Medical Center has set up a symptom hot line: 307-800-8719 starting Tuesday, March 17th. There are also visitor restrictions in place for their facility. The details of the restrictions are posted to their Facebook page. If you are ill and are requesting an appointment please call ahead - do not simply show up at the hospital if you are actively ill. If you are experiencing cough, sore throat, fever, body aches and fatigue, please call their symptom hot line.
Public Health Staff can also answer questions: 307-885-9598 (Afton office) 307-877-3780 (Kemmerer office).
Public Health posts information as soon as it is available on this website and also on our Facebook page. Public Health will also share relevant posts from local agencies and businesses as often as possible via the Facebook page.
Lincoln County Homeland Security & Emergency Management are also providing constantly updated information on their Facebook page.
Many businesses and organizations are posting regular updates to their organizations Facebook page.
The best thing one can do is stay informed by visiting any of the websites linked above for accurate, up to date information and follow the CDC recommended precautionary measures for disease prevention and spread
current lincoln county covid19 related news
- On March 19, Governor Gordon and the wyoming state health officer issued statewide closure orders for public spaces for a two week period. please visit THIS LINK to read the details of the orders. A second and third order have also been released and can be found on this website by hovering over the COVID19 menu on the left hand side of the page and clicking on the individual links that show up. A PDF of each order will open in a separate tab. the orders have been extended to april 17th.
- Travel recommendations can be found by hovering over the covid19 menu on the left menu. they are downloadable in word format.
lcsd#2 will be closed at least through april 17th. pLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE for their official statement and for updates to their plans for continuing education through closure and meal distribution plans and instructions. Please visit their FACEBOOK PAGE as well for constant updates on all school district related planning.
- The Thayne Senior Center has released guidelines for patrons. visit the SVI NEWS LINK for details.
- The Town of Afton will be closed to the public starting March 16th. They will remain open but only available to staff and town officials. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
- The Town of Star Valley Ranch has locked its premises and asks residents to call instead of visiting the office. Please visit their Facebook page for any further updates.
- The Lincoln County Library System has cancelled all programming such as outreach and story time. Please visit their website for a full statement on closures. The library is open for regular service by appointment only.
- Lincoln County WIC is implementing appointment procedures: 1) participants are asked to reduce the number of people coming to their appointments. They request only one person come if possible. 2) Appointments will be altered to shorten the amount of time that participants are in the clinic 3) parking lot services will be an option to assist with participants receiving WIC benefits. Please visit their Facebook page for more information or contact the local WIC office (307-885-9071) to ask any questions.
- The City of Kemmerer has closed the Kemmerer Recreation Center and the South Lincoln Training & Events Center. They also have requests for handling of citizen trash. Please visit their Facebook page for information.
- Kemmerer Town Hall has also closed to the public until further notice. They will still be conducting business by phone, email and fax. They are also modifying cash handling processes. Please visit their Facebook page for further information.
- The Afton Clerk/Treasurer's office in Afton have modified their hours effective immediately. They have asked that two people at a time enter the office per visit. Please visit the county website for any further updates.
- The Thayne Landfill has also modified its hours to 9:00 - 5:00 on regular operating days. Please visit the county website for any further updates. To limit spread of disease, they are now requiring everyone to open an account prior to accessing Landfill services on site. They will not be taking payments on site at this time. Please visit the website for the contact information on how to set up an account.
- The Town of Star Valley Ranch is asking that its summer residents reconsider their plans to move back. Please see the statement on their Facebook Page.
- Please visit www.lcwy.org to keep up with all office opening/operating changes.
- Most local agencies and businesses are publishing information on any changes to daily procedures and/or closures to their social media pages. Please reach out to them directly for any and all information on changes to how daily business is conducted.
- Please visit our Office News page for the latest press releases from the Wyoming Department of Health.
- The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory began testing for COVID 19 on March 5. Any testing must be coordinated through a healthcare provider. At this time Public Health offices are not conducting testing. Testing must be done through your healthcare provider.
- Wyoming 211 and the Wyoming Department of Health are partnering to provide a public telephone helpline for COVID 19 questions and information. By dialing 211 from anywhere in the state of Wyoming people c an receive information about COVID 19 and local resources. The line is available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dial either 211 or 888-425-7138 during those business hours.
- Wyoming's First Lady has a Wyoming Hunger Initiative to assist with food needs for vulnerable populations. Please visit their website for more information. Click on Lincoln County to see what is available in our county.
- 1-877-720-5721 is the national reporting hotline for people encountering fraud related to COVID-19.
Wyoming Small Business Disaster Loans Information
Basic information on COVID 19, directly from the Centers for Disease Control:
What is novel Coronavirus: It is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified and is not the same as the coronaviruses that are common amongst humans and causes mild illness, like the common cold. This new strain causes symptoms similar to the flu.
How is the virus spread: it is spreading from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are the most symptomatic (the sickest).
Symptoms: The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
* Shortness of Breath
Call your doctor if:
-you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID 19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID 19.
Treatment: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID 19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Older adults and people of any age who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID 19. Those people need to consult with their healthcare providers about additional steps to protect themselves.
Wash your hands often
- Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you've been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- IF soap and water are not readily available, a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID 19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
The CDC does NOT recommend the use of surgical masks or N95 for most healthy individuals. Masks are recommended for those in healthcare professions, those who are ill, or others who are in direct care of sick persons.
The people at highest risk include:
1. Older adults
2. People of any age who have serious chronic medical conditions such as Heart Disease, Diabetes, Lung Disease, people who are immunocompromised or on immunosuppressive medications
Protect others by staying home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect frequently touched daily surfaces (including tables, doorknobs, light switches, phones, desks, handles, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks). Most common household disinfectants will work or you can use a 4 Tablespoons of bleach per quart of water mix or a mix of 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water mixture. Click here for the CDC's Disinfection Guide.
Travel Advisories: The CDC is recommending avoiding all non essential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. They also advise older adults and those with chronic health conditions avoid all non essential travel to Japan. CDC also recommends travelers avoid all cruise ship travel at this time. Please visit the CDC's travel recommendations prior to/post travel to ensure you are educating yourself on all risks and precautions necessary for travel at this time.
Informacion sobre la enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 es disponible en el sitio de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades. Oprima aqui para leerlo en español.
Guidance for Businesses
Resources for Schools: School Settings & School Closures
Guidance for Community and Faith Based Organizations
Resources for Long Term Care Facilities & Nursing Homes
Click here to view the President's current guidelines for mass gatherings.