More active cases in Uinta/suspected might be Delta variant


LYMAN — Active coronavirus cases have surged from a recent low of 6 to 28 according to the information released Monday by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

Although new cases were being confirmed, the recoveries were keeping active cases in check according to the information Monday evening. However, according to Kim Proffit, Uinta County Public Health Tuesday afternoon, an increase in cases have created some concern in the county as the increases have nationwide.

In addition, the deaths of six more Wyoming residents have been linked to the coronavirus, according to the WDH.

The department announced Tuesday five of the six died in July and one died in June. The deaths bring to 766 the number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been tied to COVID-19.

The victims include two Laramie County men, both of whom had been hospitalized for treatment before their deaths in July. A Sweetwater County man died in July after being hospitalized, while a Sweetwater County woman who died in June was also hospitalized.

Also among the victims was an older Albany County woman who was a resident of a long-term care facility and died in July and an older Converse County woman who died in July after being hospitalized.

The announcement came on the same day department figures showed the number of active coronavirus cases increased by 42 from Monday to total 617.

AS for the virus in Uinta County, Proffit in a release Tuesday afternoon, said, “We were feeling nearly back to ‘normal,’ and masking in public, whether vaccinated or not, seemed to be over with. That’s pretty similar to what appears to be the situation for the whole country: that we were celebrating that COVID-19 ‘might be in permanent retreat.’”

She further added, the Delta variant has changed the situation in Uinta County as it has in all 50 states. In Uinta County, some positive results were recorded over the weekend. In addition, six more were added on Monday and another 12 on Tuesday. She said this was a pretty big change from what the county was experiencing over the past few weeks and months. She said the Delta Variant is suspected in the increase, and the Evanston Regional Hospital and Wyoming Public Health Lab are being worked with to determine if the delta variant is the cause of this increase.

Statewide Wednesday, Laramie County continues to have the highest number of active cases, 214, followed by Sweetwater with 46. Uinta was reported to have 38 active cases bringing its total of active cases to 2,018. All counties now have active cases, but Niobrara had two active cases and Crook had one.

The vaccination rate in Uinta County for total population is 28.38% and 37.87% for adults, according to Proffit

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