locals made it through last weekend without a
positive lab-confirmed COVID-19 test result,
both Sublette County and the state are both
experiencing unwelcome increases this week
in the pandemic’s growth.
On Wednesday – in one day alone – another
322 active cases were lab-confirmed across the
state to bring the total to 9,848 total confirmed
and probable COVID-19 cases and increasing
Subtracting those recovered means 2,274
“active” lab-tested people and 404 active
“probables” are spread throughout every
Thursday morning, Sublette County Public
Health reported 12 new COVID-19 cases
detected so far this week, with three new cases
on Monday, four new cases on Tuesday and
five new cases on Wednesday.
That brings Sublette County to a total of 154
cases on Thursday morning, with 19 currently
active, 134 recovered and one death, according
to Robin Carnes of Public Health. Fifty-five
people are in isolation or quarantine in the Big
Piney, Boulder, Cora, Daniel, Marbleton and
appointments at the Pinedale Clinic on
Monday afternoons and at the Marbleton-Big
Piney Clinic on Tuesday afternoons, for drivethrough
free saliva testing – only for people
who do NOT have COVID symptoms, Carnes
said Thursday. Those who do have symptoms
will need to sign into the clinics for lab tests,
Essential personnel have been through
and now business owners and operators
can send employees for the free saliva test.
Carnes said Public Health hopes for a wide
“random” sampling to get a good coverage of
the county. Call 307-367-2157 to set up an
PINEDALE – On Oct.14, just after
noon, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office was
called in regards to an unresponsive male at
18 Badger Ridge Road off of Fayette Pole
Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Office deputies
determined that the individual had passed
away in his home quite some time ago. The
individual was identified as 53-year-old
Sublette County resident Brett Palmer.
An autopsy concluded that Mr. Palmer
passed from a medical event and no foul
play has been suspected. The Sheriff’s
Office is asking the public’s help of anyone
who had contact with Palmer during the
months of September and October to
contact Detective Travis Lanning to help
narrow down a time line.
As well, the agency is looking for a
cleaning business or possibly a close friend
who cleaned the home prior to his family’s
PINEDALE – The Sublette County School
District No. 1 board of trustees approved
changes to the Smart Start reopening plans at
Pinedale middle and elementary schools. The
brief special meeting occurred on Monday,
Pinedale Middle School presented a plan
to phase additional homeroom classes into the
• An average of 15 Pinedale Middle
School students each day are taking virtual
• At one point in September, 129 of
262 middle school students were failing at
least one class and were required to take an
additional eighth period assistance to have
more time to complete school work.
• About 50 percent of Pinedale Middle
School students take advantage of free
• District-wide, school lunch participation
has increased by 75 students a day for lunch
and 175 students per day for breakfast over
• Skyline Academy’s enrollment has
dropped to 18 students due to students
transferring out of the district.
• Two Skyline Academy students use
online learning for medical reasons.
• Another 20 Pinedale Elementary
students have temporarily joined the 31
students already being served virtually as a
result of isolation or quarantine orders.
• Between Sept. 21 and Sept. 30, 35
students were sent home with COVID-19-
• 145 students are receiving special
education services with four more getting
initial evaluation. This is down from 151
students last year.
• Pinedale High School has 318 students
with 14 being full-time virtual learners.
• The Pinedale Aquatic Center had 7,676
visits in September of 2020 compared to
8,587 in 2019.
Health officials encourage
everyone to take simple steps to stop
the spread of COVID-19:
• If you are sick, stay home.
• Practice social distancing.
• Wear a face covering when you
can't social distance.
• Practice good hygiene, including
frequent hand washing.
Sublette County numbers reflect state’s COVID leap
By Joy Ufford
In the beginning of the pandemic, Sublette
County managed to maintain one of the state’s
lowest levels for several months.
Public Health reported recently that the
virus jumped the boundary of personal contact
transmissions to communitywide transmissions
locally, a trend also found statewide.
Some transmissions occur at social
gatherings and businesses where people
do not follow social distance and facemask
guidelines. Other cases might be spread by
people who have “colds” but do not want to
be tested, according to Gov. Mark Gordon on
He and Dr. Alexia Harrist urged people
with these symptoms to stay home, get
medical care if needed and observe publicsafety
recommendations of facemasks, social
distancing and hand washing.
In 15 days previous, the statewide average
has been 152 new cases confirmed daily, “a
straight line upwards,” he said Wednesday. “All
23 counties have new cases and … I expect the
citizens know someone who has been quite ill.”
The governor called out people who argue
wearing masks violates their rights, saying
“patriots” should want to improve the economy
and get the state back on track.
Free saliva test
Sublette County Public Health is making
Residents can also request a free at-home
test from the Wyoming Department of Health
that will be done via telehealth.
Go to https://www.vaulthealth.com/covid.
District board of trustees approve changes to Smart Start Plans