This page is for Campbell County Health updates for local COVID-19 news—the
most recent news will be at the top.
Where to find accurate Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
CCH IMPORTANT UPDATES
COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Tune into the
Covid-19 Virtual Town Hall on Sunday, March 22 at 6 pm. Panel members include
Dr. Attila Barabas, CCH Chief Medical Officer and
Dr. Nahida Khan, CCMG Geriatrics and Internal Medicine. Special thanks to
New Life Gillette Church for arranging this event for our community. The event will be live-streamed
on the New Life Gillette Church
Facebook page and on their
website. You can also watch it below.
PROTECTING OUR CLINICS AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
Campbell County Health asks for your cooperation as we all try to limit
the spread of coronavirus in our communities.
If you believe that you have COVID-19, and if you are not having trouble
breathing, please stay home where you are safe. There is no treatment for COVID-19, and the majority of cases are mild.
Testing for COVID-19 is not a medical emergency.
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and
symptoms, such as cough and
are not experiencing difficulty breathing, please:
- Call your doctor’s office and follow the medical advice.
If you do not have a medical provider, contact
Campbell County Public Health for a list of doctors in the Campbell County, Wyoming community at 307.682.7275.
You can also visit
www.cchwyo.org/findadoc for a list of CCH healthcare providers.
If you are having trouble breathing, please call 911.
If you develop other emergency warning signs, please get medical attention
immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your doctor or healthcare
provider for other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
TREATING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT HOME
Most COVID-19 cases will be mild and will not require hospital care. Currently, there is no treatment for the COVID-19 virus; however, there
are ways to help control the symptoms. A dry cough and fever may be reduced
at home with over-the-counter medications such as throat lozenges to soothe
your throat, Tylenol and Ibuprofen for fever, lots of rest and plenty
If you are caring for someone with COVID-19 at home or are self-quarantining,
please follow these
The CDC has issued the
following guidelines for people with confirmed or suspected COVID 19 or those under investigation
who do not need to be hospitalized, and for those previously hospitalized
but medically stable enough to return home:
- Stay at home, unless you have to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all high-touch surfaces everyday
- Monitor your symptoms and call your doctor if they worsen. If you are having
trouble breathing, go to the Emergency Department.
According to the CDC: For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days
from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation
period seen for similar coronaviruses.
HIGH RISK POPULATIONS
most at risk for developing complications from a COVID-19 infection include:
- People 65 and older
- People with chronic medical conditions that weaken their immune systems
- People with COPD and lung disease, diabetes, chronic heart failure, dialysis
patients and others
CDC guidelines for at-risk patients
Use a household cleaners or wipes, and EPA-registered disinfectants that
are appropriate for the surface, according to the label instructions.
Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning
product including precautions you should take when applying the product,
such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during
use of the product.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day, such as:
- light switches
- bathroom fixtures
- bedside tables
CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Wyoming Department of Health
Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is closely monitoring the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
outbreak situation and sharing recommendations.
The WDH is now able to provide testing for COVID-19, and has established
testing priority levels that CCH is following. All testing must be approved
by the WDH. More information is available at
The WDH has established a contact for the public to email their questions:
Campbell County Health is
preparing for the coronavirus by developing procedures for identifying suspected
patients, ensuring there are adequate supplies to treat any confirmed
patients, and developing a plan for any patients who would require hospitalization.
CCH is working closely with
Campbell County Public Health on a coordinated community response should it be needed. In addition,
Public Health is working with
Campbell County School District,
City of Gillette and
Campbell County officials to prepare community-wide plans.
Some of the steps that can help prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses include:
- avoiding contact with sick people
- staying home when sick
- covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
washing hands often and carefully.
Below is information about Coronavirus from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What is Coronavirus
According to the CDC,
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different
species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely,
animal coronaviruses can infect people.
How Coronavirus Spreads
According to the CDC: Mainly, Coronavirus is thought to
spread person-to-person -- between people who are in close contact with one another
(within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected
person coughs or sneezes. People may get COVID-19 by touching a surface
or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth,
nose, or possibly their eyes; however, this is not the main way the virus spreads.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
According to the CDC: Coronavirus
symptoms include the following and may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
Those with these symptoms are encouraged to call their
healthcare provider if they develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person
known to have Coronavirus, or if you have recently traveled from an area
with reported Coronavirus patients.
Prevention of Coronavirus
According to the CDC, there is no vaccine to
prevent the Coronavirus disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being
exposed to this virus. To help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases,
please follow the following
guidelines from the CDC:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, stay home.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Wash your hands often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to
the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or
sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water
if hands are visibly dirty.
For more information about Coronavirus, check out:
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal
regulation that establishes a foundation of protections for the privacy
of protected health information (PHI). Patient privacy is, and always
has been, very important to Campbell County Health. HIPAA compliance is
not waived or altered when an emergency event takes place, or when news
about the coronavirus reaches our state, and our communities. This means
CCH will not release any information of patients tested for coronavirus
/ COVID-19, or positive for COVID-19.
Our Notice of Privacy Practices describes the practices of CCH, its related
and affiliated organizations including Campbell County Medical Group,
Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Powder River Surgery Center, The Legacy
Living & Rehabilitation Center, among others, and all of their physicians
and employees. It applies to services you receive at all CCH service locations.
PHI consists of:
- All geographical identifiers smaller than a state
- Dates (other than year) directly related to an individual
- Phone Numbers
- Fax numbers
- Email addresses
- Social Security numbers
- Medical record numbers
- Health insurance beneficiary numbers
- Account numbers
- Certificate/license numbers
- Vehicle identifiers and serial numbers, including license plate numbers
- Device identifiers and serial numbers;
- Web Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
- Internet Protocol (IP) address numbers
- Biometric identifiers, including finger, retinal and voice prints
- Full face photographic images and any comparable images
- Any other unique identifying number, characteristic, or code except the
unique code assigned by the investigator to code the data