ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon informed local officials in a virtual meeting today that the mask mandate for the county may be extended to January 4, 2021.
Stachon made the comment during a Sweetwater County Public Health COVID-19 update meeting this afternoon.
The current county mask mandate remains in place through December 4. However, Stachon said she is seeking an extension and hopes to obtain that extension sometime this week.
The extension will go before State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Alexia Harrist for review. Stachon said she anticipates the mask mandate extension request will be granted. However, Governor Mark Gordon could still implement a state-wide mask mandate of his own.
Dr. Stachon said since November 15 the county has continued to see an increase in COVID-19 positive and active cases and a rise in the amount of hospitalizations and deaths. Currently, the county has 1,849 cases and 463 active cases.
According to the state data, Sweetwater County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is around 20 percent.
Stachon says COVID-19 tests are taking about 48 to 72 hours to return results with the curative tests from the hospital. However some state lab tests are taking longer than that to return.
“We are seeing a skyrocketing rise in cases. And along with that we are seeing hospitalizations and deaths.”
~ Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon
Eight of Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 related deaths were in November and three of them were over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Six people are currently hospitalized in the MHSC Intensive Care Unit and one of those patients is on a ventilator, she said. Stachon also said she’s anticipating seeing the impacts of the Thanksgiving holiday within the next seven to 14 days.
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