Six total cases of COVID-19 have now been identified in Johnson County School District #1 schools as of Tuesday afternoon.
After notifying parents Monday morning that one individual at Meadowlark Elementary School, one individual at Clear Creek Middle school and one individual at New West had tested positive for the coronavirus, parents were notified of three more cases Tuesday afternoon.
The new identified cases are an individual at Kaycee School, another individual at Clear Creek Middle School and an individual at Buffalo High School.
Johnson County Public Health nurse manager Trisha Thompson said Tuesday morning the first three cases did not appear to be connected.
The school district will be working with public health officials to identify students and staff who have had close contact with those individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
Public health officials will notify staff and the parents of students identified as close contacts directly, to provide further instructions, the release said.
Public health officials may contact parents of students that are not close contacts to inform them of possible exposures. Public health officials will ask parents to watch for symptoms for at least 14 days. Students with possible exposures do not need to quarantine at home.
The Wyoming Department of Health and County Health/Public Health Nursing recommend that all students continue to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others, wear face coverings when physical distancing isn’t possible, stay home when sick, and perform frequent hand washing.
"COVID-19 is a virus that can spread from one person to another through respiratory droplets," according to the release. "An infected person produces droplets. These droplets can spread to others who are in close contact. COVID-19 symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle or body pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and loss of the sense of taste or smell."
Editor's note: This story was updated Tuesday at 2 p.m.