Sweetwater 311

Public Information Site for Sweetwater County, WY

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SWEETWATER COUNTY COVID-19

SITUATION REPORT 03-24-2020

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CURRENT DATA                                                                                                                         

Total Cases

372,757

46,285

29

0

Location

Globally

United States

Wyoming

Sweetwater County

Deaths

9,840

588

0

0

* As of 12:07 p.m. on 03/24/2020

DAILY BRIEFING:

As of this release, there are currently 46,285 confirmed positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and surrounding territories.  These confirmed positive cases have resulted in a total of 588 deaths nationwide.  As of this morning, there are 29 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming.  These confirmed positive cases have resulted in a total of zero deaths statewide.

Testing for COVID-19 remains an issue nationwide, particularly in rural counties across the country including here in Sweetwater County.  Through the Sweetwater County COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC), public health authorities throughout the county are working closely together with local government and other medical professionals throughout the county to ensure testing for COVID-19 remains viable and streamlined locally throughout our communities.  As it stands, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is currently the only facility collecting COVID-19 viral samples for testing, but there are plans in place for Castle Rock Medical Center in Green River and possibly other local medical facilities to serve as additional collection sites.  This group is also working diligently, in cooperation with Sweetwater County Emergency Management and local, state and federal officials, to secure and safeguard adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for our local medical service providers and emergency first responders.

The primary objective remains to work together with public health and our local medical community to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Sweetwater County.  To assist one another in this effort, the Sweetwater County EOC strongly urges everyone to abide by all current public health and social distancing recommendations and state public health orders including washing your hands frequently with soap and water, using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, avoiding touching your face, staying home if you’re sick, sanitizing surfaces (the virus can live on surfaces for three days), maintaining at least six feet of distance between people in public, and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.  Not everyone infected with COVID-19 may show symptoms of the illness, but they are still actively carrying and can transmit the virus.  At this time, we should all act as though the person next to us is infected so as to maintain the health precautions necessary to combat the spread of the virus in our community.  Our goal at the Sweetwater County EOC is to keep the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases here in Sweetwater County as close to zero as possible.