Sublette County had an increase of 9 new COVID-19 cases Monday and Tuesday, including a student at Pinedale High School and a teacher at Pinedale Elementary School. Sublette County School District No. 1 has reported a total of 7 positive cases in students and staff since Sept. 6 in the elementary, middle, and high schools.
Although the Wyoming Department of Health reported that Sublette County had 2 new cases on Sept. 20, those two cases were transferred to other jurisdictions yesterday since those patients are not currently living in Sublette County. WDH corrected the Sublette County total to 71 cases on Monday afternoon.
But testing in Sublette County Rural Health Care District clinics on Monday detected 9 new cases, bringing the county total to 80. Multiple cases are community spread, meaning the source of the infection is unknown.
Possible Exposure to COVID-19
There were active covid cases at numerous events in the county last week - including three people who attended Brewfest and later tested positive for the virus, as well as others who shopped at Ridley’s, and attended local weddings, the week of Sept. 12-19. Because of this possible exposure to COVID-19, public health officials recommend that attendees monitor their symptoms for 14 days. If you develop symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.
It should be noted that the organizers of the Brewfest event, and the managerial staff at Ridley's, have worked closely with public health officials in Sublette County in conducting operations to protect staff and customers from the spread of COVID-19.
There are approximately 24 active cases, and 50-60 people currently in isolation or quarantine in the Boulder, Daniel, and Pinedale areas.
We urge the public to follow these precautions:
• If you’re sick, stay home.
• Maintain social distancing.
• Wear face coverings.
• Wash your hands often.
• Cover coughs and sneezes
• Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly.
Why You Should Wear A Mask:
• Doing your part to slow the spread will help to ensure that we do not overwhelm our local healthcare system.
• Older residents and people with certain health conditions have a higher risk of developing more serious illness, so it is important that we keep this virus out of our senior citizen population and retirement center.
• Wearing a mask protects others. The research is clear: individuals with COVID-19 can be symptom-free for up to five days, not realize they are carrying the virus, and spread it to others more at risk than themselves.
• Wearing a mask may protect you as well. Research indicates that masks, which filter out a majority of viral particles, can lead to a less severe infection. Wearing masks can lead to milder or asymptomatic infections by cutting down on the dose of virus people take in.
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