SUBLETTE COUNTY – Sublette County dropped to the low transmission zone for COVID-19 in the Jan. 7 Public Health update while the rest of Wyoming, and the world, contends with the rapid spread of the omicron variant. However, one Sublette County citizen died of COVID-related illness last week, raising the county’s death toll to 24.
In the latest Sublette County Public Health update, Public Health confirmed nine active cases of the novel coronavirus in the county while Wyoming Department of Health reported 20 new cases in the week leading up to the update. Those figures, coupled with the light spread in the preceding week, helped lower the county’s transmission risk.
That low transmission distinction comes at a time when the omicron variant has become the most dominant strain of the virus in Wyoming. Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist, confirmed that news through numbers provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We are currently seeing big jumps in Wyoming’s case counts again, likely due to the omicron variant. This is again not like the COVID-19 we have become familiar with because it spreads much more easily between people,” she said. “Unfortunately, when a virus transmits between people easily more people become infected.”
Recently, the CDC provided new guidelines for isolation and quarantine, shortening times as current data show case spreading is most prevalent in the early days of exposure.
If someone tests positive they’re advised to stay home for five days despite vaccination status and then wear masks when around others for five days following that. If someone is exposed to someone with COVID and they’ve been vaccinated they’re advised to wear a mask around others for 10 days. If there’s an exposure and someone is not vaccinated they’re advised to stay home for five days and continue wearing a mask around others for five additional days.
Health officials reiterated that getting vaccinated is the most effective way to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“We continue to encourage eligible adults and children to say yes to free, safe and effective vaccination if they haven’t already and to encourage those eligible for booster doses to get them as soon as possible to enhance and extend their protection,” Harrist said.
Sublette County Public Health continues to offer vaccination clinics for COVID-19 and the flu. Those are Tuesdays at the Public Health Office in the Marbleton Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for flu and COVID vaccine and boosters, as well as Thursdays in the Public Health Office in Pinedale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for flu and COVID vaccine and boosters. Appointments can be made by calling 307-367-2157.
As of Jan. 3, a total of 3,320 people have been fully vaccinated in Sublette County – approximately 33.77 percent.