SWEETWATER COUNTY — With around 24 percent of Sweetwater County’s total population receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, local health officials are still encouraging residents to continue receiving the vaccine.
During an informational COVID-19 meeting with local officials, industry personnel and media representatives, Sweetwater County Public Health officer Dr. Jean Stachon said vaccinations will be the key to keeping the COVID-19 virus under control.
“COVID’s not over,” Dr. Stachon said. “Our numbers and numbers across country’s are looking better than they were months ago. I think vaccination is where most of our emphasis is going on now to protect ourselves. Particularly, since a lot of the orders from the governor have been lifted.”
Dr. Stachon said both Sweetwater County school districts are a success story for the county as they have been able to have in-person school the entire year. According to Dr. Stachon, both the Green River High School and Rock Springs High School are planning outdoor graduation ceremonies at their stadiums.
However, Sweetwater County and four other counties are still in the yellow zone based on indicators developed by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. This means Sweetwater County along with Albany, Laramie, Teton, and Uinta, still have a moderate transmission rate. All other counties are in the green, which means they have a low transmission rate.
Sweetwater County Public Health Director Kim Lionberger shared some vaccination statistics with the group. According to the Wyoming Department of Health’s website, 23.78 percent of Sweetwater County’s total population have been vaccinated. For the age group 65 and older, 59.97 percent of the population has been vaccinated, while in the 18 plus age group 31.48 percent have been fully vaccinated.
So far, 11,093 Sweetwater County residents have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 9,521 have received their second dose of the vaccine. As for the single dose vaccine, 646 residents have received it.
Castle Rock Medical Center CEO Bailie Dockter said they had 95 percent of those who received their first dose returned for their second dose.
Lionberger said all three types of vaccine, including two-dose Pfizer and Moderna and single-dose Janssen from Johnson & Johnson, are available in the community. Due to the decrease in vaccine demand, public health is now letting residents walk in from noon until 4:45 pm Monday through Friday to receive vaccinations. For more information on vaccinations click here.
As for contract tracing, the state will be taking that responsibility over for the county at the end of May, Lionberger said. They will notify positive cases and contact close contacts.
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