COVID's resurgence leads to 9th death in Sublette


SUBLETTE COUNTY – Wyoming’s resurgence of COVID-19 and the Delta variant has not left Sublette County untouched.

Following three straight rising weeks of active cases, the Wyoming Department of Health reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 between July 31 and Aug. 6. As of an Aug. 6 update from Sublette County Public Health, there were 18 active cases in the county.

Individuals were either isolating or quaranting in Big Piney, Boulder, Daniel and Pinedale. Public Health confirmed one Sublette resident is hospitalized with COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Public Health could also confirm another death of a Sublette County resident related to COVID-19. That person, a male in his 60s, was the ninth COVID-related death of a Sublette resident. Public Health expressed condolences to his family.

County public health officer Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons is encouraging people to wear masks indoors again because of an increase in community spread. The Delta variant has been confirmed in multiple lab samples sent from Sublette County to the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory for sequencing, and the county is now one of six in the “high transmission” range in Wyoming.

Over 90 percent of those tested positive for COVID-19 in Wyoming reported not being fully vaccinated and over 95 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wyoming reported not being fully vaccinated. Weekly vaccination clinics are still being held in Sublette County, registration requested but walk-ins are welcome. Those are being held at the Marbleton Public Health Office on Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the Pinedale Public Health Office on Thursdays, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

As of Aug. 2, there have been 2,527 people in Sublette County – about 25.97 percent of the population – fully vaccinated.

Registration can be done at www.sublettewycovid.com/vaccines or by calling Public Health for assistance at 307-367-2157.

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