COVID-19 Live Updates
May 24, 2020  6:00 a.m.

Star Valley Health is dedicated to providing you with the most current information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Current test data will be updated on weekdays.


Lincoln County
Confirmed Cases,
4 Probable


Lincoln County
Recovered Cases,
9 Lab Confirmed, 3 Probable


Lincoln County Deaths


Live Hotline
7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daily


Star Valley Health
Completed Tests
331 Negative, 0 Pending


Educational Hotline
24 hours daily


Wyoming Confirmed Cases,
198 Probable


Wyoming Recovered Cases,
407 Lab Confirmed,
149 Probable


Wyoming Deaths

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are in the same virus family as the common cold, typically causing mild symptoms. The new strain of coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.  The symptoms are similar to influenza (flu) and may occur 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus. Typical symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

For more information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, visit the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wyoming Department of Health.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Wash Your Hands

Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with  soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Stay Home

The best way to slow the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus & keep your family safe is to use protective measures of staying home & away from others.

Cover Your Cough

If you cough, cover your mouth, then immediately wash your hands.  Avoid allowing others to cough on you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

(click on any box to learn more about the topic)

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
  1. Remain calm.  Influenza (flu) or another respiratory virus is still the most likely cause.
  2. Call our LIVE SUPPORT HOTLINE: 307-885-5008 to speak with a healthcare professional. This hotline is available 7 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm.
How can I avoid getting COVID-19?

Information and education on how the virus spreads will help you avoid getting sick. The best way to prevent illness is to make sure you are not exposed to the virus.

  • Wash your hands often & for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Wear a cloth face mask if you do need to be out in public
  • Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze
  • Clean & disinfect commonly touched surfaces

Visit the CDC for more specifics, here.

Am I at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19?

There do appear to be a group of people that are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.  Those individuals are ones that are:

  • 65 years old or older
  • Residents of nursing homes or long term care facilities
  • Immunocompromised due to other medical conditions, such as:
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Lung Disease
    • Severe Obesity
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

In order to minimize the spread of germs from the coronavirus, we recommend:

  • If experiencing symptoms, call our Live Support Hotline: 885-5008 prior to driving to your doctors office, as they will be able to direct you to the best possible care
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth
  • Social distancing: stay 6 feet away from others, if you do need to be out in public
  • Stay home
  • Wash your hands regularly & for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear a face mask if out in public
What is the incubation period?

The incubation period is between 1 to 14 days.  Most people started to see symptoms on day 5.  As this is a new virus, that time frame may change upon us learning more.

What are treatment options for COVID-19?

The CDC states, “There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID-19.”  We recommend hydrating as fevers take a toll on the amount of water inside your body and cells.  In addition, you may feel less desire to drink and eat resulting in decrease fluid intake.   Please make sure that you are able to drink enough water to continue to urinate multiple times throughout the day.  If you are experiencing increased sweating, consider watered down sports drinks to replace much needed electrolytes.

For pain and fever associated with viral infections, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is a tried and true treatment.  It comes in several different forms and strengths, so the best advice that can be given is to follow the directions on your bottle.

CDC Therapeutic Options, view specifics here.

What is Star Valley Health doing to protect patients and staff?

We are coordinating with the Wyoming Department of Health, Lincoln County Public Health, and monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to focus on the health and safety of our staff and the communities we serve. We have implemented:

  • Frequent leadership meetings
  • Increased communication to the public through SVI Media & our social media channels
  • Increased education & training for all staff
  • Hospital, closed access points to direct traffic to one entrance
  • Hospital, visitor restrictions
  • Limited access to clinics
  • Temperature checks for all employees & hospital visitors
  • Employees working remotely (if the position allows)
What is Star Valley Health's testing process?

We are following the Wyoming Department of Health & CDC guidelines to determine who should be tested for COVID-19.  If you meet the definition of a Person Under Investigation (PUI) the sample will be tested at our lab, sent to the Wyoming Department of Health or an independent commercial laboratory for COVID-19 testing.  The test itself has a charge of up to $210 that is billable to your insurance.

Learn more about our testing process here.

What is the difference between anitbody testing & viral testing?

Antibody Testing (Blood Draw):

Antibody testing, is a test that looks at the body’s immune response to a recent or prior infection of the virus called SARS-CoV-2 that causes the illness COVID-19. It provides information on whether or not you have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, even if you never developed any symptoms. The body takes 1 – 3 weeks to create an antibody response, which means you may have a current infection but will not have produced antibodies to the virus yet. Even if you have antibodies, it is possible for you to still be a carrier of the virus or able to get infected with the virus again, continued immunity to SARS-CoV-2 is NOT known at this time.

The Star Valley Health antibody test is FDA approved.  You will need to schedule an appointment at one of our facilities to receive the testing. One of our lab technicians will complete a blood draw and you will receive your results usually within 7-10 days. Please read the Antibody Education (see below) before deciding whether you want to get the antibody test. The test costs $75, and payment will be due at the time of service. This does include a phone call with a provider to help interpret the results. If your test shows that you have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 Star Valley Health is required to share those results to the Wyoming Department of Health.  More information is available for download at:

Viral Testing (Nasal Swab):

Viral testing, is a test that determines if you have a current infection with the virus called SARS-CoV-2. You may also hear this test referred to as Diagnostic, Molecular or PCR. Star Valley Health is completing the nasal swab at an assessment tent in Afton or Alpine. Test results are typically available within 24 hours of completion. At this time, there is not a cure or vaccine available for SARS-CoV-2.  If your test shows that you have the virus SARS-CoV-2 Star, Valley Health is required to share those results to the Wyoming Department of Health.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

There are a lot of terms floating around that we normally do not use in everyday life, such as isolation, quarantine, pandemic, social distancing, etc.  Please click the link below to get some insight to these terms and more:

Isolation, quarantine, and other confusing terms…. 

How can I help?

Star Valley Health is working to keep our community healthy during this unprecedented time.  You can support our community and healthcare providers affected by this coronavirus pandemic by staying informed and donating today.

Donation gifts come in many forms, e.g. supplies, food, your time or financial.

  • If you have medical supplies you would like to donate please contact Nolan at 307-885-5826 or
  • Time and sewing skills are welcome to make homemade masks for patients and staff. Contact Pam at
  • Our local food banks are depleting quickly, all donations are welcome.
    • Afton Food Bank, contact Sierra at: 307-887-2814
    • Alpine Food Bank, contact Melody at: 307-654-3629
    • Thayne Food Bank, contact Julie at: 307-880-3636

Financial gifts will help relieve the extraordinary burden being placed on our public health care system.

Stay up to date with what Star Valley Health is doing in our community to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.  Visit our COVID-19 dedicated page on the website or follow us on social medial.

Telehealth (video) Visits Available

How It Works

Telehealth or video visits are fast, easy and convenient. Speak with your provider quickly and from the comfort of your own home. Telehealth visits require an internet connection and access to a computer, tablet or phone with a webcam.

  • Call your local clinic to schedule an appointment with your provider.
  • Watch your email for the directions to a Zoom meeting.
  • Select “Join Session” and wait for your provider to open the meeting room.
  • Connect with your provider to discuss your personalized care plan.
  • Prescriptions, will be sent to your pharmacy of choice.

Clinic Visits

We encourage you to continue your regular medical check-ups, medication schedules and treatment plans in-person or through our telehealth visits. By offering video visits this is just one way we can help ensure that you are able to stay healthy during this challenging time.

To schedule a video visit or learn more about whether this service is right for you, please contact your local clinic directly or call 307-885-5800.