Sublette COVID-19 update – Dec. 31, 2020
by Sublette COVID-19 Task Group
December 31, 2020
This afternoon, the Wyoming Department of Health announced 33 additional COVID-19 related deaths in Wyoming, including an older adult Sublette County man who died within the last week. He was a resident of local long-term facility and had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19.
Deaths among Wyoming residents are added to the state’s coronavirus-related death total based on official death certificate information and the location of the person’s permanent residence. Deaths among Wyoming residents who pass away in other states are not counted in both states. If death certificates do not describe COVID-19 as either causing or contributing to a person’s death, those deaths are not included in Wyoming’s count of coronavirus-related deaths.
Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 438 coronavirus-related deaths, 38,010 lab-confirmed cases and 6,399 probable cases reported since the pandemic began.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reports that Sublette County has 15 active cases, with 576 recoveries, and 6 deaths, for a total of 597 cases since the pandemic began.
Wyoming’s phased approach to providing free, safe and effective vaccinations intended to help prevent future COVID-19 infections is continuing across the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).
With vaccine doses still limited, targeted vaccination efforts will continue over the coming weeks and months for Wyoming’s established priority groups based on availability. "Right now, we remain focused on Phase 1A priorities throughout the state," said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH.
Priority groups for Phase 1A in Wyoming include:
• Healthcare workers with regular potential for exposure to COVID-19 patients or infectious materials
• Residents and staff of long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities
A special, targeted effort involving pharmacy chains to help vaccinate residents of many Wyoming nursing homes and assisted living facilities is planned for early January.
Wyoming’s Phase 1B vaccination priorities have been established and are generally described as including people who are 70 years of age or older and frontline essential workers who must interact with the public and are unable to consistently physically distance from others.