COVID-19 News Update: September 16, 2021

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September 16, 2021

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

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Wyo4news Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

SWEETWATER COUNTY (September 16, 2021) – The COVID-19 burden in Sweetwater County is currently heavy with extremely worrisome case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths in recent days. Dr. Jean Stachon, County Health Officer, said she is deeply concerned about local communities and the availability of healthcare both locally and regionally.

“The Delta variant has really made a tough situation worse with clear impacts on our hospital,” Stachon said. “I’m aware of 16 deaths in less than three weeks among our county’s residents. That’s a dramatic increase for our area,” she said.

“Our communities need to recognize the seriousness of this situation. When the hospital is full due to COVID-19 patients, the care available for anyone no matter why they need to go to the hospital is affected. And the situation is so much worse when our options to transfer the most seriously ill patients aren’t available to us,” Stachon said.

Stachon said high levels of COVID-19 infections can affect schools and local businesses as well. “I want to see kids in class and able to participate in sports and other activities. I don’t want employers to have to close their doors because they don’t have enough workers available to do their jobs,” she said.

Stachon said the available vaccines continue to offer excellent protection from infection, including against the Delta variant.

From May 1-September 8, among those 12+, there were 1,563 total cases (lab confirmed + probable) and of those, 34 are breakthroughs (fully vaccinated). So more than 97 percent of new cases were not documented breakthrough cases. From May 1-September 8 among those 12+, 21 cases who reported hospitalization at the time of their interview, 1 was fully vaccinated and counted as breakthrough cases. So more than 95 percent were not documented breakthrough cases.

Sweetwater County Positive Cases for the last 10 weeks.

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

07/25/2021-07/31/2021                       51

07/18/2021-07/24/2021                       47

07/11/2021-07/17/2021                       32

07/04/2021-07/10/2021                       34

Stachon acknowledged no vaccine can prevent all infections and that’s why a small percentage of “breakthrough” cases is not surprising. “But the overwhelming majority of ‘breakthrough’ cases that are identified do not involve serious illness. Vaccines help keep you from getting COVID-19 in the first place, but if you do get infected you are much less likely to get severely ill.”

In addition to vaccines, other important prevention strategies include wearing masks in indoor public settings, staying home when ill except to get medical attention and common sense physical distancing.

Free, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccinations remain readily available across Wyoming. Higher vaccination rates will help protect those who aren’t eligible for vaccination such as young children.

Sweetwater County vaccination sites include Public Health, Memorial Hospital, Castle Rock Medical Center, K-Pack Pharmacy, Sav-on Pharmacy, Smith’s Pharmacy in Rock Springs & Green River, Walgreen’s, and Walmart.

Convenient ways to find where to get COVID-19 vaccines include:

·         Visit Vaccines.gov or vacunas.gov online to search and find vaccine sites.

·         Text your ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX) or 822862 (VACUNA) to find up to three nearby locations that have vaccines available.

·         Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for phone-based help.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after one dose of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine.

More information from WDH about vaccination in Wyoming can be found at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/immunization/wyoming-covid-19-vaccine-information/.

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TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES

New cases of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County since the last report: 70
Number of new cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming since the last report: 583

The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County: 309
The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming: 3,081

Total number of variant cases (Delta) in Sweetwater County: 83
Total number of variant cases (All) in Wyoming: 3,016

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HOSPITALIZATION INFORMATION (as of 9/16/2021)

Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Wyoming: 209
Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Sweetwater County: 8

VACCINATION INFORMATION

First Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 453,312
Second Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 201,187
Third Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 2,582

One-Dose Vaccine Doses Administered (J&J Janssen): 18,789

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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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