COVID-19 continues to hold grip on world


UINTA COUNTY — The coronavirus numbers are no longer creeping up or holding steady, but are leaping up due the varants which have risen their heads.

According to Uinta County Public Health Kim Proffit, Tuesday she said in a release, “Since things continue to be a little hairy, I wanted to provide another update.”

In her release she said, “There were 95 new cases in Uinta County this past week. State epi has become overwhelmed, and unable to call all positive cases. So far, we are mostly keeping up locally, but we are feeling the strain again.

“In last weeks’ testing at ERH’s curbside, 33% (!) of all tests came back positive. State 14 day rolling average for Uinta County is 15%. Indicates serious outbreak.”

She continued by saying, “While our vaccination rate is rising, overall our rate is pretty low (as compared to total population) and provides a lot of opportunity for viral spread.”

Proffit reiterated her concerns about hospital capacity and said hospitalizations and ER visits are up. She added, local hospital resources and staff are strained locally as well as those in Utah. She encourages everyone to take personal precautions, even if vaccinated.

In addition statewide cases have gone up. This is also coupled with recoveries due to the increase in cases. A continuing factor of the coronavirus pandemic includes an additional seven deaths of Wyoming residents have been linked to the virus, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Tuesday, bring the total of Wyoming deaths linked to the virus to 793 since the disease was first detected in Wyoming in March 2020. The last seven residents died in July and August and included three Laramie County residents, two men and one woman, who died in July after being hospitalized for treatment of the illness. Two Natrona County men also died in July after being hospitalized. A Park County man died in July, WDH said, while a Sheridan County woman died in August.

Along with the seven deaths, 102 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wyoming as of Tuesday, the most since Jan. 12.

The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased by more than 200 on Wednesday, according to WDH figures.

At the same time, the department received new reports of 28 recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

The numbers left the state with 1,891 active cases Wednesday, an increase of 228 from Tuesday.

Of the active cases, 671 involved the Delta variant of the coronavirus, also known as the B.1.617.2 variant.

According to Proffit Tuesday, “We did get notification that at least one of our positive cases is due to the Delta variant. So, as suspected, and as expected, the variant is here. The apparent increase in transmissibility from the variant, along with social conditions and low vaccination rate are creating the marked increase in cases.”

According to the latest info as of Wednesday midday, Uinta now has 132 active cases, Lincoln 48 and Sweetwater 77. Laramie County still has the most active cases at 442, followed by Natrona with 263. Crook County has the fewest with six.

Proffit added, the data shows the vaccine is protective against severe illness and death, but people can still become contagious as a vaccinated person with a breakthrough case, even with mild or no symptoms.

As for the use of masks in school when the new term opens, Governor Mark Gordon is still saying he isn’t going to put in a mask mandate, this will be a local decision by school boards.

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