News May 19, 2020

Virus Appears In Worland Nursing Home

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Several cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among residents and staff of a long-term care facility in Washakie County over the last few days, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. Officials have so far identified five cases among staff members and four among residents of Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Lab testing at the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory confirmed most of the known cases, with more results pending. The response so far has included attempted sample collection from all employees and residents with the help of facility staff. Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist emphasized the protection of older Wyoming residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living centers has been the department’s top concern and priority throughout the pandemic.