COVID-19 News Update: October 21, 2021

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October 21, 2021

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING — Sweetwater County Public Health sent a weekly update stating, “We want to emphasize the importance of isolating for the full 10 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Stay home to avoid exposing and infecting others who may develop significant illness from COVID-19 disease.”

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As of 10/20/2021, Sweetwater County is at 12.6% Test Percent Positivity and 118 Active Cases. Percent positivity is up from 11.1% but active cases are down from 128. Transmission levels are still high and in the Red Zone. There are 78 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:

10/10/2021-10/16/2021: 121

10/03/2021-10/09/2021: 154

09/26/2021-10/02/2021: 198

09/19/2021-09/25/2021: 198

09/19/2021-09/25/2021: 287

09/12/2021-09/18/2021: 285

09/05/2021-09/11/2021: 276

08/29/2021-09/04/2021: 258

08/22/2021-08/28/2021: 206

08/15/2021-08/21/2021: 149

08/08/2021-08/14/2021: 90

08/01/2021-08/07/2021: 45

The ACIP is meeting today to review the FDA decision on Moderna and J & J booster does. The CDC will make the final determination possibly this week. If approved, we expect there will continue to be an increased demand for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County: Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County continues to treat a high number of COVID-19 positive patients. In addition, the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) cases began earlier than usual this year and are on the rise. Without widespread use of masks, influenza also is expected to bring in more severe cases. This comes during a severe shortage of nurses and clinical staff. Patient transfers to regional hospitals for higher levels of care continue to be limited and on a case-by-case basis.

The majority of the COVID-19 patients MHSC is caring for are unvaccinated.

In the Emergency Room: Oct. 17-20, the ER staff has cared for an average of 44.5 patients per day, compared to 41.5 visits per day during the same period last year.

In September, the ER staff cared for an average of 42 patients per day, compared to about 34 visits per day in September 2020.

In August, the ER recorded 46 patient visits per day in August, compared to about 39 during the same month in 2020.

Western Wyoming Community College: Face coverings are strongly recommended for all other areas where social distancing cannot occur.  We continue to support vaccination, regular and ongoing testing and isolation when symptoms or exposure occur.

The Board of Trustees will reevaluate the new mandate prior to the Spring 2021 semester start to decide if any changes need to be made.  If there is a sudden spike in cases at Western before the Spring 2021 semester, the administration will also inform the Board of Trustees of this.

You can see the full report 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: 29
Number of new cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming since the last report: 538

The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County: 130
The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming: 2,553

Total number of variant cases (Delta) in Sweetwater County: 163
Total number of variant cases (All) in Wyoming: 4,587

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HOSPITALIZATION INFORMATION

Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Wyoming: 249
Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Sweetwater County: 9

VACCINATION INFORMATION

First Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 241,881
Second Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 214,837
Third Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 20,732

One-Dose Vaccine Doses Administered (J&J Janssen): 20,006

Total Doses Administered: 497,456

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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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