COVID-19 News Update: November 12, 2021

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November 12, 2021

SWEETWATER COUNTY — In The Sweetwater County District Board of Health’s weekly announcement, the recent Transmission Indicators by county are behind and numbers were backlogged. “The recent Transmission Indicators by County showed a large increase of current active cases from 119 last week to 183 this week. We reached out to State Epi and there was a backlog in reporting active cases from previous weeks that inflated the numbers. State Epi is working on resolving this.”

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Current #’s: As of 11/12/2021, Sweetwater County is at 8.1% Test Percent Positivity. Percent positivity is up this week from 7.0%. Transmission levels have increased to the Orange zone and Sweetwater is back to Red zone overall.

There are 94 confirmed deaths to date. We are aware of a number of additional deaths but Vital Statistics is currently lagging 1-2 months behind in reporting.

Weekly Positive Cases of COVID-19 Sweetwater County

10/31/2021-11/06/2021:    98                               08/22/2021-08/28/2021:  206

10/24/2021-10/30/2021:  133                              08/15/2021-08/21/2021:  149

10/17/2021-10/23/2021:  136                              08/08/2021-08/14/2021:    90

10/10/2021-10/16/2021:  121                              08/01/2021-08/07/2021:    45

10/03/2021-10/09/2021:  154                              07/25/2021-07/31/2021:    51

09/26/2021-10/02/2021:  198                              07/18/2021-07/24/2021:    47

09/19/2021-09/25/2021:  287                              07/11/2021-07/17/2021:    32

09/12/2021-09/18/2021:  285                              07/04/2021-07/10/2021:    34

09/05/2021-09/11/2021:  276

08/29/2021-09/04/2021:  258

Vaccinations: As of 11/8/2021, there are 16,278 (38.44%) fully vaccinated individuals in Sweetwater County. Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5-11 has been approved for use. We vaccinated 155 pediatric patients at our first clinic on 11/5 and have given a total of 174. There are many walk-in clinics and additional clinics will be coming in December. Pediatric doses will not be offered during the Event Complex clinics.

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Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County: The number of COVID-19 inpatients is lower than in past weeks. Since the beginning of November, MHSC is caring for 4 to 8 COVID-19 inpatients daily.

ER VISITS: The Emergency Room remains busy. The number of ER visits continues to average 40-plus patients a day. ER physicians continue to send COVID-19 patients home on oxygen, as well as children with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).

RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES: Healthcare professionals worry with many people retreating indoors at a higher rate to enjoy the upcoming holidays, respiratory illnesses will continue to rise. COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses likely will thrive. Sweetwater County has seen a drop in COVID-19 cases, but without widespread mask use, healthcare professionals fear an increase in influenza, RSV and other respiratory illnesses.

As the region moves into the fall influenza season, hospitals fear bed availability could become an issue if severe flu-related illnesses arise. An eastern Idaho hospital recently reported nine different respiratory illnesses they are tracking in Boise, Idaho.

NURSING SHORTAGE: MHSC continues to operate at crisis standards of care due to its nursing shortage. We continue to operate at a bare minimum with the number of nurses needed in the ICU and medical/surgical unit. Hospitals regionwide are facing the same dilemma.

This presents worrisome issues in the coming weeks and throughout the holidays if severe respiratory illnesses and other high-acuity care is needed. Without nurses to adequately staff available shifts, patients requiring higher levels of care will be evaluated for transfer to other hospitals, pending bed availability.

Western Wyoming Community College: The college had 5 new confirmed cases this week, a total of 6 active cases. They have seen 61 total recovered cases.

To see the full report, click HERE.

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The following information is from the Wyoming Department of Health. New updates are posted every day at 3 p.m.

TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES

New cases of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County since the last report: 56
Number of new cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming since the last report: 594

The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County: 135
The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming: 1,775

Total number of variant cases (Delta) in Sweetwater County: 242
Total number of variant cases (All) in Wyoming: 5,648

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HOSPITALIZATION INFORMATION (October 10, 2021)

Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Wyoming: 162
Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Sweetwater County: 6

VACCINATION INFORMATION

First Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 248,934
Second Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 221,362
Third Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 49,252

Pediatric Doses Administered Statewide: 1,142

First Vaccine Doses Administered (J&J Janssen): 20,621
Second Vaccine Doses Administered (J&J Janssen): 482

Total Doses Administered: 541,793

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TRANSMISSION INDICATORS

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IMPORTANT LINKS

COVID-19 Booster Shots – More information can be found HERE.

FDA fully approves 1st Covid-19 vaccine – For more information, click HERE. 

The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine has been approved for continued use. Please see the FDA & CDC Joint Press release for more information.

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools – CLICK HERE to see the new CDC Guidance for K-12.

Funeral Expenses (There is funding from FEMA for funeral cost assistance) – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

News from OSHA Guidelines: 

  • Guidance (OSHA Guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace) – CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
  • News Release (OSHA issuing an emergency temporary standard to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.) – CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

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