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July 19, 2021 — According to Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon, seven cases of the COVID-19 delta variant have been discovered within the county. This afternoon, Stachon stated there are most likely more cases of the variant here locally than what has been reported. This is due to advancements in-home testing, which does not allow for reported results to Wyoming Health officials. Delta variant information via these tests is not reported.
So far, Laramie county has seen the highest number of variant cases.
A growing number of positive cases, both COVID and delta variant related, have recently been reported in younger populations around Sweetwater County. Stachon said she believes this trend is due to the low vaccination rates of the younger population locally. Sweetwater County has an overall vaccination rate of just over 29%, with a large portion of the vaccinated community age 60 and above.
In other COVID news, the CDC has released guidance for K-12 schools. These guidelines aim to help schools around the country prepare for the upcoming school year while still being mindful of student safety related to the COVID pandemic. Those guidelines can be found by click here.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also released further guidance on preventing the spread of COVID within the workplace. Paid time off for employees to get vaccinated, staying home from work after close contact with the virus, and providing paid time off for employees who must be quarantined headline theW recommendations. To view the entire guide from OSHA, click here.