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For current information on the coronavirus, please call one of the following lines:

Powell: (307) 754-1870
Cody: (307) 527-1870

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Updated 07/23/2020

For Immediate Release
07/21/2020
Contact Kelly Croft, Public Information Officer
covidpio@parkcounty.us

Public food distribution Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 1:00 PM.

The Food Bank of The Rockies has donated 300 boxes of non-perishable food for distribution to Park County Residents.  Residents are asked to arrive at Northwest College, 231 W 6th Street Powell, in the Cabre Gym parking lot on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Attendees are asked to enter on North Beckman from 7th Street.  Please clear a 4 ft x 4 ft area in your vehicle for storage of the food boxes.  This will be on a first come, first serve basis.   


Updated 07/15/2020

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Local Covid-19 and Contact Tracing Efforts


Updated 07/15/2020

Be Aware of Scammers Posing as Covid 19 Contact Tracers

For Immediate Release
07/14/2020
Contact Kelly Croft, Public Information Officer
covidpio@parkcounty.us

Park County (7/14/20) - Park County Public Health has started contact tracing and wants to make sure you know what to look for in real contract tracing. There have been calls from scammers pretending to be contact tracers.
If you were exposed to a positive case of Covid 19 and live in Park County, actual contact tracers will identify themselves as being from the Wyoming State Department of Health or Park County Public Health. The purpose of the call will be to identify potential contacts, identify how long the contact was and to issue quarantine or isolation orders. The goal of these calls is to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus.
Official Park County contact tracers will not ever ask you for bank account numbers, money, medical insurance information or social security numbers.  We will ask you for physical addresses, birthdates, phone numbers and where you have been, whom you have been in contact with, if you have symptoms, medical history, and possible isolation and quarantine orders. 
Bill Crampton, Nurse Manager of Park County Public Health, stated, “There are many scams out there right now.  Please be cautious of those who call and pretend to be contact tracers.  Call Public Health at Cody 527-8573 or Powell 754-8870 if you have any concerns or questions about a contract tracing call.”
Public Health has been established in Park County since 1940.


Update 07/06/2020

Prioritization of Covid-19 Testing at Powell Valley Healthcare Needed to Avoid Shortage

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Croft, Public Information Officer
CovidPIO@Parkcounty.US

Park County (7/2/20)- Powell Valley Healthcare has seen a sizable increase in the number of people coming in to get tested for Covid-19 in the past week. The lab at PVHC currently has the capability to run a limited number of tests per day and is behind on testing due to the volume of tests taken this week.  PVHC has a limit of 500 test units per week and has been quickly reaching their daily quota of these units due to people being tested unnecessarily.  
People who have been quarantined due to contact with a positive Covid-19 case do not need to be tested unless they develop symptoms of Covid-19 (sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, body aches). Producing a negative Covid-19 test does not change or reduce the number of days a previously quarantined person is quarantined. Quarantine for 14 days is the standard despite a negative test as it can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms or for the virus to “show up” on a test. Employers do not need to require a negative Covid-19 test for those quarantined for the 14 day period to return to work. 

We are asking Park County citizens to only be tested if they develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are instructed to by a healthcare professional.


Updated 06-15-2020

A Message from the Park County Covid-19 Incident Management Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Frida, June 12, 2020
Contact: Kindy Krei, Public Information Officer
CovidPIO@parkcounty.us

Three New Covid-19 Positives Identified in Powell

Park County has confirmed 3 new cases of Covid-19 between June 11, 2020 and June 12, 2020.  There are several potential cases connected to these cases. At this time, it is ever important for everyone to remain diligent in their actions. If you are willing, please wear masks when you can’t avoid keeping 6’ from others. If you can, please avoid being within 6’ of others. Please continue to be diligent with handwashing and sanitation. This means vigorous friction for at least 20 seconds. If you are sick, stay home. We understand that everyone is tired of restrictions, however, the health of our economy depends on our citizens’ willingness to act responsibly at this time. Contact tracing is currently underway and we will release more information as it becomes available.


Updated 06-10-2020

A Message from the Park County Covid-19 Incident Management Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Contact: Kindy Krei, Public Information Officer
CovidPIO@parkcounty.us

Round Two of Cody Waste Water Testing Results

In a second sampling, the Biobot waste water sewage report shows that SARS-CoV-2 was again not detected in Cody waste water. This is great news as counties around us continue to increase in their Covid-19 infection rates. We believe these results are again a direct reflection of the hard work and commitment that Park County residents continue to demonstrate for themselves and their neighbors.

The Park County Incident Management Team (IMT) will be conducting one more waste water sampling with Biobot this month. Once completed, they are hopeful to transition to the State of Wyoming Waste Water Sampling Program which will be offered to each county at a significantly lower cost.

The Park County IMT will also be implementing a testing program by partnering with area businesses to take weekly randomized Covid-19 tests of employees who will likely come into contact with tourists. These randomized tests will be purely voluntary. The testing media is only a nasal swab and thus much less invasive then the deep nasopharyngeal swabs that have been required in the past. These tests are also noted to be as accurate as the ones completed at the Wyoming Department of Health Laboratory in Cheyenne but can be analyzed at Powell Valley Healthcare with same day results. This testing program will allow businesses to detect transmission of the virus and to take appropriate action to prevent spread that could threaten their businesses.

The Park County IMT is hopeful that the County can open up for tourist season and remain open all summer long with the implementation of this two-pronged approach as well as our partnership with area businesses and the community’s continued commitment to infection control.  


Updated 06-10-2020

A Message from the Park County Covid-19 Incident Management Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Contact: Kindy Krei, Public Information Officer
CovidPIO@parkcounty.us

Community Concerns Regarding Businesses Not Adhering to Current Restrictions

We have received reports from local merchants concerned about places of business not adhering to the State Health Orders. The Incident Management Team (IMT) is depending on local businesses to lead by example and follow these restrictions; the IMT is here to inform and educate. Business owners are strongly advised to consider the health and well-being of their patrons, their employees and themselves. We are relying upon local citizens and visitors to patronize the businesses that are operating with those considerations in mind. We would like to thank the individuals and local business owners of Park County for your continued commitment to ensuring that our communities remain open for business and are able to serve our visitors and citizens alike.


Updated 05-29-2020

Governor Gordon Releases Update to Public Health Orders Effective June 1 through June 15, 2020

On May 27th, 2020, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced updated public health orders that will allow outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people beginning on Monday, June 1. This includes but is not limited to rodeos, speedway motor races, concerts, sporting events, fairs, parades, track and field races, farmer’s markets, fireworks shows, and weddings.   The health and safety of Park County citizens and visitors is first and foremost. It is up to each individual to practice social distancing and limit the spread of Covid-19 where possible.  This order is in effect until June 15th, 2020.  No other changes were made to orders 1, 2, or 3. Childcare facilities, restaurants and other indoor businesses and entities should continue to follow the standing  guidelines. 


Updated 05-19-2020

News from the Park County Covid-19 Incident Management Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Contact: Kindy Krei, Public Information Officer
CovidPIO@parkcounty.us

Second Park County Resident Has Tested Positive for Covid-19

It was confirmed late Monday night that a local resident returning from out of state has tested positive for Covid-19 at a local hospital. The resident is currently home in quarantine while awaiting confirmatory results from the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory in Cheyenne.

Public Health will be working with the State of Wyoming Epidemiology Unit to conduct contact tracing on this resident.

Bill Crampton, Park County Nurse Manager and Unified Commander of the Park County Covid-19 Incident Management Team would like to remind county residents that, “with increased travel comes increased risk of transmission in the community. We ask that business owners, residents and guests to the area please adhere to the recommendations regarding masks, gloves and frequent hand washing. Anyone who is ill should not go out in the public during this time.”


Updated 05-18-2020

News from the Park County Covid-19 Incident Management Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 18, 2020
Contact: Kindy Krei
Phone: 307-527-8579

Park County Waste Water Testing Results Are In

And the winners are….the residents of Park County! Everyone has been doing their part during these difficult times. Unprecedented circumstances have forced Park County into a “new normal” but Park County answered in unity. As a direct result of everyone’s hard work and dedication to our way of living, the Biobot waste water sewage sampling report shows that SARS-CoV-2 was not detected in Cody waste water.

“The SARS-CoV-2 viral genome was not detected in untreated waste water in Cody, Wyoming. Combined with only 2 cases being diagnosed in Park County (one in a Park County Resident and one in a Big Horn County Resident), this suggests that we have been very successful in our local public health efforts. This is encouraging as we work towards recovery, but we must not let our guard down. Within the last 24 hours there has been an outbreak of 8 new cases elsewhere in the Big Horn Basin. We must continue to work to protect our vulnerable populations, namely those over 65 and/or with underlying health conditions.” – Dr. Aaron Billin, Park County Health Officer.

The Park County Incident Management Team will be completing two more samples for a total of three tests to mark our baseline of SARS-CoV-2 virus just in time for the start to the 2020 tourist season. Testing will then continue throughout the summer. The hope is that continued wastewater sewage sampling will tell us if/when Covid-19 arrives in Park County allowing the situation to be continually monitored and quickly mitigated.


Updated 04-13-2020

In need of cloth masks? Want to donate handmade PPE?

Community members have taken the initiative to create a Home-Made Mask Project that is working to collect and distribute handmade masks to those in need. Additional materials and hand crafted personal protective equipment have been requested by hospitals such as gowns, surgical caps, laundry bags and extra elastic straps for mask construction. If you wish to receive or donate any of these items please contact Marla Isbell, Mask Project Coordinator, at 307-272-6444 or marlaisbell@yahoo.com.


Updated 03-24-2020

Need Assistance? Want to Provide Assistance?

Healthy Park County and Park County Public Health has been working for several days to develop a Park County Resource list so people in need of assistance can readily see what is available. They are always trying to identify those in need and those willing to help.

For those in need of assistance please call Healthy Park County at 578-2707 to be set-up with a volunteer.

For those wishing to be added to the volunteer list please contact Healthy Park County or Park County Public Health at 527-8577.

To see the list or for more information visit: healthyparkcounty.org


Updated 03-13-2020

Northwest Rural Water District
COVID-19

In the past few days Northwest Rural Water District (NRWD) has received a couple of phone calls from customers regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). On March 12, 2020 the District received a note from the EPA Region 8 office stating that coronavirus has not been detected in drinking water supplies. You can continue to drink water from your tap as usual. Please do not run to the store and spend a lot of money on bottled water as that is unnecessary.

The other questions that have come up have been along the lines of, “Will water still be available if NRWD personnel come down with the coronavirus?” The answer to that question is yes. Staff is primarily concerned with maintenance of the system, monitoring the system, and new installations. The District’s water system is fully automated and NRWD personnel have the ability to monitor the system from home. It is also highly unlikely that the District’s young and healthy personnel are going to all come down with this virus. Please do not panic as it is highly unlikely there is any risk to your water system.

Mike Mackey
District Manager


Park County Public Health Information Resources

Update 05-01-2020 - Park County Health Order Variance

Update 04-08-2020 - Donations Flyer

Update 04-08-2020 - Park County Resource List

Update 04-03-2020 - Governer's Directive For Self Quarantine

Update 04-02-2020 - Park County Health Order Extension

Update 03-24-2020 - Wyoming 211 Statewide Hotline

Update 03-24-2020 - Línea directa estatal de Wyoming 211

Update 03-23-2020 - Maintain Healthy Business Environments

Update 03-15-2020 - COVID-19 vs Flu vs Cold

Update 03-12-2020 - What to do if you get sick?

Update 03-09-2020 - COVID-19 Share Facts


Park County Public Health Variance Order #1- Outdoor Seating at Restaurants

 

Update 05-01-2020 - Variance Order #1

 


Park County Public Health Department Releases

Governer's Orders as of May 1st

Updated 04-02-2020 - COVID-19 Self Screening


Important information from Wyoming Department of Transportation

*** The following notice is for Drivers License Services only and not for Registrations ***

To increase social distancing in support of the state’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) urges the public to take advantage of the Executive Order Governor Mark Gordon issued allowing for a 90-day grace period for expired driver licenses and identification cards and not visit the Driver Services Offices for those and several related services during the outbreak. 

For more information, see:  http://www.dot.state.wy.us/news/wydot-urges-customers-to-use-alternative-methods-of-conducting-driver

 


Updated 03-25-2020 - State Public Health Order #3 Public Notice

Please use the following contact information for the Park County COVID-19 Public Information Officer:

Email:  COVIDPIO@ParkCounty.us
Phone: 307-527-1896

Update 03-23-2020 - COVID-19 IMT Press Release

Update 03-20-2020 - Cody Regional Health Press Release - Viral Screening Unit

Update 03-19-2020 - Park County Public Health Order