Big Horn County Focuses on Contact Tracing After Doubling COVID-19 | State and region

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After seeing its COVID-19 cases double on Thursday evening, Big Horn County is working to find everyone who came into contact with the four new patients, according to a press release on Friday.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Big Horn County doubled Thursday evening, according to a Big Horn County official.

The new cases involve two teenage girls, a teenage boy and a man in their thirties, according to a Friday morning press release from Rhonda Johnson, Big Horn County news chief.

The four new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases in Big Horn County to eight. Six are active and seven are awaiting laboratory results. About 225 county residents have been tested for the virus, said Johnson. Two of the first confirmed positive patients have recovered, the statement said; the other six patients are in quarantine and are recovering at home.

The four existing cases were two women in their twenties, a man in their forties and a woman in their fifties.

The Indian Health Service is leading the contact tracing effort for these new cases, with assistance from the county. The procedure is to notify all close patent contacts, question them and give them instructions on what to do if necessary.

Contact tracing is considered one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those who believe that they may have had contact with a COVID-19 patient for more than five minutes recently are asked to call IHS Public Health at 406-638-3478 or Big Horn County Public Health at 406-665-8720.

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