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Sublette County Public Health
Sublette County Public Health has received notification of four (4) new positive COVID-19 cases this week in Sublette County. The Wyoming Department of Health is currently issuing new case count reports on Tuesdays only. From the WDH report on Tuesday, May 3, our current numbers include 1,896 recoveries, and 27 deaths, for a total of 1,923 cases since the pandemic began.
Sublette County remains in the low community transmission level according to the CDC’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/community-levels.html)
Active case counts remain low across the state with Teton County having the highest number of cases at 15 and Big Horn, Hot Springs, Johnson, Niobrara, Sublette and Washakie counties having none.
As of May 2, 2022 – 3,502 people, 35.62% of our population, have been fully vaccinated in Sublette County.
Sublette County Public Health offers weekly COVID vaccine clinics for ages 5+ years. Adults ages 50+ are now eligible to get a second mRNA booster vaccine, at least 4 months after their first booster. Walk-ins are welcome on our scheduled clinic days or call 307-367-2157 to schedule an appointment. Pfizer, Peds Pfizer, and Moderna are offered at our weekly clinics.
Tuesdays at the Public Health Office in the Marbleton Senior Center
• 1 to 3:30 pm for COVID vaccinations/boosters
• Appointments recommended. Walk-ins welcome.
Thursdays at the Public Health Office in Pinedale
• 1 to 4 pm for COVID vaccinations/boosters.
• Appointments recommended. Walk-ins welcome.
Please bring your COVID vaccine card and completed vaccine consent form with you. We ask that you wear a mask in our offices for your appointment.
Please see our website for information: https://www.sublettewycovid.com/testing
The price of eggs has increased greatly in April and May 2022, and there is a nation-wide shortage of eggs. The reasons are in part due to an avian flu that has swept across the country, compounded by supply chain issues and high poultry feed costs. The virus is highly infectious in poultry flocks, which is causing farmers to kill millions of birds, driving the prices of eggs to historic levels. The high prices are not only impacting consumers who buy eggs directly, but also businesses that regularly use large numbers of eggs. The wholesale price of eggs is reportedly nearly three times that of a year ago.
The Wyoming Game & Fish is asking the public to report any groups of dead birds. The virus has been detected in wild birds in Fremont, Big Horn, and Park counties. Many migratory birds can carry the disease but not show signs of illness. Birds confirmed infected in Wyoming include two great horned owls and several Canada geese. Wild birds can infect domestic flocks if they comingle, for instance at feeders or bird baths. People who have backyard poultry flocks are advised to keep their birds, feed and water sources inaccessible to wild birds. The public is cautioned to not touch or handle sick or dead birds, and do not allow domestic dogs and cats to touch or feed on sick or dead birds. Transmission of the avian flu virus from birds to humans is reportedly very rare, but people are cautioned to wear gloves and take protective measures when handling all birds.
Wyoming Department of Health
Official records filed with Vital Statistics Services (VSS), which is part of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), show another sharp increase in deaths last year over what would have been expected before the COVID-19 pandemic; there were also more births, more marriages and fewer divorces among residents.
Among Wyoming residents, there were 6,572 deaths recorded in 2021, 5,986 deaths recorded in 2020 and 5,122 deaths in 2019, according to official death certificate information. Death certificates are completed by attending physicians and coroners and then filed with VSS.
"Before the pandemic, our data has shown steady, small increases in deaths for several years largely due to our state’s aging population. That’s something we would have reasonably expected to continue," said Guy Beaudoin, VSS deputy state registrar with WDH. "However, the dramatically increased numbers of deaths over the last two years are unprecedented in Wyoming. It’s clear COVID-19 was a driving factor."
Beaudoin noted the top five causes of death in Wyoming for 2021 were cancers (1,151), heart diseases (1,113), COVID-19 (1,025), various types of accidents and adverse effects (379) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and related conditions (355).
"Unfortunately, Wyoming continues to have a high suicide rate," Beaudoin said. "There were small increases in the number of suicide completions in each of the last two years, but there have been other times over the last decade with significantly larger year over year jumps as well as some years with reductions."
In 2021, 189 (+7 over 2020) suicides were recorded among Wyoming residents compared to 182 in 2020 (+13 over 2019).
Previously, there were:
169 in 2019 (+22 over 2018)
147 in 2018 (-8 over 2017)
155 in 2017 (+12 over 2016)
143 in 2016 (-12 over 2015)
155 in 2015 (+36 over 2014)
119 in 2014 (-9 over 213)
128 in 2013 (-44 over 2012)
172 in 2012
Wyoming’s data shows that about 72% of suicide deaths in 2021 were due to firearms, with 22% due to hanging and 4% due to poisoning.
"Deaths attributed to overdoses are another area of interest where over time we have seen increases between some years and decreases between others," Beaudoin said. "Of note, we do continue to see the percentage of overdose deaths caused by illicit drugs rather than prescription drugs as growing within our state."
In 2021, there were 95 (+5 over 2020) overdose deaths recorded among Wyoming residents compared to 90 in 2020 (+9 over 2019).
Previously, there were:
81 in 2019 (+16 over 2018)
65 in 2018 (+5 over 2017)
60 in 2017 (-34 over 2016)
94 in 2016 (-1 over 2015)
95 in 2015 (-12 over 2014)
107 in 2014 (+11 over 2013)
96 in 2013 (-3 over 2012)
99 in 2012
"Last year was the first in quite some time with an increase recorded in the number of new babies in Wyoming," Beaudoin said. "Previously, we had seen an ongoing significant downward trend over several years."
There were 6,232 births among Wyoming resident mothers in 2021 compared with 6,132 in 2020. The high over the past decade was in 2015 with 7,678 resident births.
VSS also holds marriage and divorce records. There were 4,274 marriages recorded in Wyoming last year compared to 3,986 in 2020 and 4,062 in 2019 before the pandemic.
As far as divorces, there were 2,158 finalized in 2021 compared with 2,227 divorces in 2020 and 2,253 in 2019 before the pandemic.
VSS promotes and protects the health of Wyoming residents by serving as the official custodian of all vital records in the state and by distributing health information. For more details about VSS, visit https://health.wyo.gov/admin/vitalstatistics/ online.
Game and Fish wildlife habitat management areas begin to open May 1 (posted 4/24/2022)
Bureau of Land Management Wyoming issues notice for oil and gas lease sale (posted 4/24/2022)
Governor Gordon responds to announcement of resumption of Federal Oil and Gas lease sales (posted 4/16/2022)
Barrasso: Biden is making American energy more expensive & harder to produce (posted 4/16/2022)
Governor brings Wyoming into lawsuit challenging border policy (posted 4/14/2022)
Barrasso statement on Biden Administration's new gun regulations (posted 4/11/2022)
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reports no new COVID-19 cases in Sublette County during the last 14 days (March 25, 2022 to April 8, 2022). The last reported case was on March 19th 2022. Between March 1 to April 8th there were just three confirmed cases in Sublette County. The county saw an increase in cases between January to mid-February, peaking at 13 cases in one day on January 31st. Cases dropped off considerably by mid-February and have stayed at just 1 or 2 confirmed cases per week since then. Sublette County’s overall population vaccination rate is 35.43%.
Teton County has also seen a big decline in cases since their big surge between December 2021 and January 2022. This surge has been attributed mostly to the omicron variant, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The county had 29 confirmed cases in the past two weeks, 10 confirmed cases in all of April. Their high daily case counts during the alpha and delta surges of 2020 and 2021 peaked at 54 per day. Their case count during their omicron surge late December 2021 reached a high of 233 per day on January 4, 2022. They had multiple days with over 100 cases per day between late December to mid-January 2022, a 400% increase in number of cases through the pandemic attributed to the alpha/delta variants to the omicron variant of the virus. This big spike in their cases has been puzzling because they have an overall population vaccination and boosted rate of 88.83%. Their daily case numbers dropped rapidly by mid-February and have stayed at low levels through the date of this report. St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson reports zero COVID-19 patients in their facility as of April 5, 2022.
Wyoming’s overall case numbers have also steadily declined since the December 2021/January 2022 surge. The state reports 29 active cases in the past 14 days, as of April 8, 2022. Hospitals report 15 COVID-19 cases as of on April 5, 2022. Hospital cases peaked in mid-January in the state with 167 patients with COVID-19. Wyoming reports 27,422 breakthrough cases, people who have been fully vaccinated but still have been confirmed to have caught the virus. The state’s overall vaccination rate among the general population is 45.7%.
While cases, deaths and hospitalizations have steeply declined in Wyoming in February and March 2022, most new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in 2022 have been in vaccinated individuals, according to WDH data. The last reported COVID-19 death in the state was on March 27, 2022. 85% of COVID-19 deaths in Wyoming have been in people age 60 and over. 50% of those people had underlying health conditions contributing to their health situations. To date, over the two years of the pandemic, there have been no deaths in anyone age 18 or under in Wyoming due to COVID-19. The recovery rate for the disease across Wyoming is 98.9%.
See the Wyoming Department of Health website for current COVID-19 data.
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Wyoming Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program to open May 2 (posted 4/10.2022)