Public Health struggling with latest COVID surge


SUBLETTE COUNTY – COVID-19 cases are once again compiling in Sublette County, creating issues at nearly every level for Public Health officials.

In its Sept. 3 update, Sublette County Public Health confirmed 36 new cases of COVID-19 in the county during the week of Aug. 27 through Sept. 2 from Wyoming Department of Health numbers. It could also confirm 22 active cases in the county with individuals quarantining in Big Piney, Boulder, Bondurant, Cora, Daniel, Marbleton and Pinedale, as well as another death of a Sublette County resident to COVID-19.

Within that same week span, three more Sublette County individuals were transported to surrounding hospitals for additional care. That’s in addition to the county residents who remain hospitalized from the week prior.

“Local clinic providers are reporting that it is ‘getting harder and harder to find a bed,’” the update read. “Multiple phone calls are being made for placement of each patient needing hospital care. On a day-to-day basis, hospitals are on divert status or taking only the most critical patients.”

Sublette County remains in the moderate range for community spread. Most of Wyoming remains in the high transmission range while Campbell, Platte and Hot Springs counties are in the very high transmission range.

School districts across the state have started classes for the fall semester with some dealing with high transmission rates. Public Health had no confirmation of cases in either Sublette County school district but suggested vaccinating students age 12 and older.

Following the Aug. 30 vaccination clinics, there have been 2,705 people fully vaccinated in Sublette County – that’s approximately 27.79 percent of the population. The amount of those getting vaccinated has steadily rose to 80 to 90 people per week. Public Health is also offering a booster vaccine to those severely immunocompromised.

Weekly vaccination clinics are still being conducted at the Marbleton Public Health Office on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and at the Pinedale Public Health Office on Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Public Health has also started offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday in the Pinedale office outside of posted clinic hours. Those require scheduling appointments by calling 307-367-2157.

Sublette County Public Health recently hosted an informative discussion with Ryan Grove, PA to discuss the county’s COVID-19 situation. Frequently asked questions were reviewed in attempts to clear misconceptions about care and the virus itself. That video is available to watch on Public Health’s Facebook page.

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