With increased travel brought on by the summer season, Sheridan County Health officials are expecting to see more cases of COVID-19 coming into the communities.
Currently, 21 Sheridan County residents have experienced lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 according to the Wyoming Department of Health, with 18 of those residents fully recovered. One confirmed case is currently under quarantine in their home.
One new case was reported on July 9, with a history of recent out-of-state travel. The entire household of the patient is isolating at home. Investigations into the contact history of the patient have been completed and all parties have been contacted.
Nine non-resident cases have been confirmed in Sheridan County with all of those cases recovered.
Sheridan officials are asking that residents remain vigilant and to practice all appropriate hygiene and distancing recommendations saying in a press release the hard work protects you, your family and community.
The public is encouraged to follow guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Wyoming Department of Health.
Those guidelines include avoiding close contact – within 6 feet – with those who are sick or may have been exposed.
Wear cloth face coverings when out in the public.
Stay home if you feel sick. Contact your local physician if you feel it may be more than a common cold.
Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
Remember to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a disinfectant household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
According to the Wyoming Department of Health’s website, there has also been a jump in probable cases in our community. In addition to the 21 who have actually been tested, there are now 8 probable cases (those who have clearly been exposed to COVID and showing symptoms, but not yet positively tested). So 29 is the more realistic picture.
I am very interested in keeping up in the news
“Nine non-resident cases….”
Yet Sheridan officials are asking residents to be vigilant and practice all appropriate hygiene and distancing recommendations.
What about non residents?
Cloth face coverings are estimated to have ~13% efficacy if you are trying to protect yourself from getting sick from aerosol droplets. If you really want to protect yourself, wear N95 or better face masks. For the life of me, I can’t understand why health officials are still pushing cloth masks knowing full well they are essentially useless in preventing people from getting infected. I’m sure they’re probably a lot better at stopping transmission from someone who is carrying the virus but certainly not the other way around. Maybe that’s why they’re asking people to wear them.
Back in the 1960’s my brother visited Japan. His photographs showed many many people wearing face masks. I commented that the air there must be awfully poluted fo so many to be wearing surgeons masks. He explained the culture of politeness. “Those people have colds and don’t want to infect others” he explained. In a densely packed society it makes sense.
Now go out on the web and check WHO stats: Japan is one of only 4 countries in the world not overwhelmed by the “pandemic” Go figure.