SUBLETTE COUNTY – Sublette County Public Health’s weekly briefing took on an even more urgent tone last week.
Wyoming Department of Health reported 26 new COVID-19 cases in the week leading up to the Sept. 10 update. Public Health officials confirmed 30 active cases of COVID-19 in the county with individuals quarantining in Big Piney, Boulder, Bondurant, Cora, Daniel, Marbleton and Pinedale.
That brings the county’s totals to 977 total cases since the pandemic’s beginning, with 936 recoveries and 11 deaths.
Due to the high transmission rate, Sublette County moved into the designated high transmission zone for community spread, along with most of the state. Hot Springs and Campbell counties are in the very high transmission zone. Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons joined Public Health Nurse Manager Janna Lee to conduct a video update in the week to discuss lowering community spread, easing pressure on local medical systems and increasing vaccinations. That video can be found on the Public Health Facebook page.
“State and regional medical systems are overtaxed and it has become extremely difficult to find an available hospital bed for any individual needing hospital-level care,” the updated read. “Most hospitals in the state have canceled elective surgeries and have activated their surge plans.
“Our local EMS team transported a record 41 patients to hospitals last month, including both COVID-related cases and other emergent care situations.”
The update included that, with just a few weeks into the school year, both Sublette County school districts have reported several COVID-19 cases with teachers and students isolating at home. In hopes of maintaining in-person learning, districts encourage a student who is not feeling well to stay at home.
Public Health continues to offer weekly vaccination clinics at the Marbleton Public Health Office on Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and at the Pinedale Public Health Office on Thursdays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. as a drive-through service. Public Health is also offering all COVID-19 vaccines by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Pinedale office outside posted clinic hours. Those appointments can be made by calling 307-367-2157.