COVID-19 Update: Sweetwater County’s Positivity Rate Falls Below 5 Percent

COVID-19 Update: Sweetwater County’s Positivity Rate Falls Below 5 Percent

SWEETWATER COUNTY — Wyoming Public Health (WDH) is reporting that Sweetwater County’s 14-day rolling average testing positivity rate for COVID-19 is now below 5 percent.

According to the November 18-December 1 WDH transmission report, which is based on Wyoming COVID-19 transmission indicators developed by the White House COVID-19 Task Force, Sweetwater County now has a 14-day rolling average positivity rate of 4.6 percent.

According to the transmission report from November 4-17, Sweetwater County’s positivity rate was 9.4 percent, which means the county has seen a decrease of nearly 5 percent in its positivity rate since the last report.

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The county remains in the “orange zone” for its transmission rate, meaning it has a moderate-to-high transmission rate.

To see the entire state’s transmission rates, see the document below:

Sweetwater County Public Health officials sent out another COVID-19 update this week. We took a look at it and are now passing on new information from that update to our readers.

Here’s some new information from this week’s update.

Public Health

The new Omicron variant has been detected in 24 countries including two states in the United States, according to public health. Both of the identified cases in the United States have been mild.

Right now, there’s limited knowledge about the potential impact. Scientists expect to know more over the next week about how quickly the new variant spreads and its severity. “We will update as information is available,” public health stated.

The FDA has endorsed an anti-viral medication called Molnupiravir for the treatment of COVID-19 on November 30. It still must go through further approval but if it becomes available, supplies would be limited for some time.

Sweetwater County has reported 101 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths to date. Public health is aware of a number of additional deaths, but Vital Statistics currently lags one to two months behind in its reporting.

DatesSweetwater County Positive Cases
July 4-1034
July 11-1732
July 18-2447
July 25-3151
August 1-745
August 8-1490
August 15-21149
August 22-28206
August 29-September 4258
September 5-11276
September 12-18285
September 19-25287
September 26-October 2198
October 3-9154
October 10-16121
October 17-23136
October 24-30133
October 31-November 698
November 7-13210
November 14-2074
November 21-2755
Sweetwater County Positive Cases Since July 4.

Vaccinations

As of November 29, there are 17,051 Sweetwater County residents or roughly 40 percent of the total population who have been fully vaccinated.

Booster doses are all now available for everyone 18 and older who have been approved and are recommended.

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County continues to offer its vaccine and booster drive-thru from 3-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. The swab clinic drive-thru continues to be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Western Update

Western Wyoming Community College is reporting three new COVID-19 positive cases, with a total of five active cases. So far this year, Western has had 72 case recoveries. The college still has a mask mandate in place until the end of the semester.

For more county and statewide COVID-19 stats, be sure and check out this week’s podcast.