On Wednesday, the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center issued a stark warning to local residents of an "alarming uptick in COVID-19 cases."

Johnson County Public Health has been notified there are four cases associated to Willow Creek assisted living facility in Buffalo. Full testing of staff and residents is underway. Follow up and contract tracing are currently being conducted at the State level. The facility is cooperating with the Wyoming Department of Health and Johnson County Public Health.

Since the first confirmed case on March 26 there have been 46 total cases in Johnson County, 41% of those cases have occurred since September 18. The most recent cases are comprised of 11 females and eight males ranging in ages from 24 to 81 years old.

Total cases are from eleven different groups that are unrelated. These group cases have developed from private gatherings, out-of-state visitors and travel outside of Johnson County.

On Wednesday, the Wyoming Department of Health reported that there are nine active cases of the coronavirus; one patient is hospitalized at Johnson County Healthcare Center. 

As cases increase, Johnson County Public Health is asking residents and businesses to continue to be vigilant by practicing all appropriate hygiene, distancing recommendations and utilizing face coverings when you are unable to distance.

On Monday, Gov. Mark Gordon was joined by State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist at a news conference to discuss the spike in cases and increased contract tracing efforts.

“A few weeks ago, our experience seemed to be going so well, vigilance seemed to slide a little bit," Gordon said. "But now, we have seen some very serious deterioration in conditions. We are trending in the wrong direction, both in new cases and in hospitalizations."

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