Four Sublette residents die of COVID in a week

SUBLETTE COUNTY – Sublette County dropped into the low transmission zone, denoted light green on the Wyoming Department of Health’s metrics, last week – although it did not come without loss of lives.

In an update issued Nov. 5, Wyoming Department of Health reported 30 new cases of COVID-19 while Sublette County Public Health confirmed eight active cases in the county. Together, those new metrics helped drop Sublette County on the transmission risk scale. The eight active cases is the lowest amount the county’s confirmed in over a month, or since the onset of the Delta variant in Sublette County.

However, Public Health also confirmed four deaths caused by COVID-19 among county residents last week. Eight Sublette County residents have died from COVID-19 since Oct. 1, seven since Oct. 15, bringing the county’s total death toll to 20 since the start of the pandemic.

As of Nov. 5, 3,024 people have been fully vaccinated in Sublette County – or about 30.76 percent of the population. Among those fully vaccinated, 1,068 booster or primary-series doses of the vaccine have been administered since Oct. 1. Public Health has also administered 902 doses of the flu vaccine since the beginning of October.

Vaccination clinics continue to be conducted every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Public Health Office in the Marbleton Senior Center, as well as 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Public Health Office in Pinedale. Although, the Pinedale clinics will be closed Nov. 11 to observe Veterans Day and Nov. 25 to observe Thanksgiving. Registration is requested by calling 307-367-2157 but walk-ins are welcome on clinic days.

In its update, Public Health pleaded with the community to keep its standing on the risk meter in the low transmission zone by getting vaccinated and practicing social distancing, masking and increased hand hygiene.