Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 Update: + 4 cases
Sublette County has 27 active cases, with 516 recoveries, and 5 deaths, for a total of 548 cases since the pandemic began, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Wyoming dropped below 2,400 today.
Sublette County Public Health reports that there are 80 people in isolation or recommended quarantine in the Big Piney, Boulder, Bondurant, Daniel and Pinedale areas. All Sublette Center staff have recovered and have been released from isolation. Five Sublette Center residents remain in isolation.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reports that initial vaccination efforts began in the state today. Prioritized descriptions of the “Phase 1A Distribution” plan groups can be found https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/immunization/wyoming-covid-19-vaccine-information/.
Another company’s vaccine candidate is expected to be authorized late this week. If that happens, each Wyoming county will receive initial shipments of vaccine doses by next week. WDH expects shipments to be available and then continue from both the first and second companies.
WDH is ordering COVID-19 vaccines through a federal process with shipments going directly to key hospital partners and local health departments. Separate amounts are also expected to be provided directly from the federal government to tribal health clinics, military bases and to U.S. Veterans Affairs facilities.
A special, targeted effort involving pharmacy chains to help vaccinate residents of Wyoming’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities is also planned in the coming weeks.
Vaccination efforts will continue over the coming months with a phased approach based on production and availability. People receiving the vaccines will not be asked to pay any fees.