COVID-19 News Update: September 20, 2021

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SWEETWATER COUNTY (September 20, 2021) – Here is your weekly COVID-19 news update from the Sweetwater County Board of Health. The state is contact tracing for Sweetwater County. Current numbers as of 9/15/2021 for Sweetwater County are at 15.6% for testing positive with 276 active cases, which is up 12.5%. There are 53 confirmed deaths to date. Vital Statistics is currently lagging 1-2 months behind and the deaths may be higher.

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The FDA met on 9/17/2021 regarding the 3rd dose of the COVID vaccine. They voted and approved the 3rd dose for people 65 and older and certain high-risk populations. This vote moves it to the next step in the approval process, which is the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting that will be held Sept 22-23, 2021. The CDC decision on 3rd dose will follow that meeting. At this time, only immunocompromised with specific conditions can receive a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County mentioned that the hospital had 8 COVID-positive inpatients Friday morning, of which 6 are in the ICU. (As of this morning, September 20, 2021 there are now 14 COVID-19 patients, 9 are in the ICU).

Elective surgeries have resumed in the Same-Day Surgery suite. If needed, the Same-Day Surgery suite can again quickly be converted back to a second COVID unit.

The Drive-thru Vaccine Clinic added a second day. It now offers vaccines from 3-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. The Drive-thru Swab Station is temporarily housed on the southwest corner of the campus next to the Specialty Clinics. For more information check out www.sweetwatermemorial.com.

Weekly Positive Cases of COVID-19 for Sweetwater County

  • 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
  • 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

Vaccinations: Our office holds daily walk-in hours for both COVID and school immunizations. Afternoons are available by appointment.

Walk-in COVID/Flu Clinics scheduled at the Events Complex from 1-4 pm: 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 119, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30

Vaccinations are also available at multiple locations between Green River and Rock Springs.

Click HERE for the full report from the Sweetwater County Board of Health press release.

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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: 133
Number of new cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming since the last report: 1,354

The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County: 243
The number of lab-confirmed active cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming: 2,910

Total number of variant cases (Delta) in Sweetwater County: 83
Total number of variant cases (All) in Wyoming: 3,059

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HOSPITALIZATION INFORMATION

Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Wyoming: 202
Total number of COVID-19 related hospitalization in Sweetwater County: 13

VACCINATION INFORMATION

First Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 454,580
Second Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 201,743
Third Vaccine Doses Administered Statewide (Pfizer/Moderna): 2,705

One-Dose Vaccine Doses Administered (J&J Janssen): 18,866

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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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