COVID Variant, Low Vaccination Rates Contribute To Wyoming COVID Spike

This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily

By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A recent spike in coronavirus cases that has caused the number of active cases in Wyoming to grow to levels not seen since February is due to both the new Delta variant of the virus and the state’s low vaccination rates, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

As of Wednesday, Wyoming had 759 active coronavirus cases, the first time since February the active case count has topped 700. In 2020, Wyoming didn’t hit 700 active cases until September, the beginning of a spike that saw more 11,000 active cases by late November.

WDH spokeswoman Kim Deti told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday that health officials believe the more contagious Delta variant and low vaccination rates are contributing to the higher active cases in the state.

“We believe the Delta variant is a current factor in Wyoming,” she said. “The lower our vaccination rates, in combination with this variant that is highly contagious, the more at risk we are for seeing increased cases of COVID-19 and illnesses.”

The majority of the Delta variant cases are in Laramie County, with 175 of the the state’s 249 confirmed cases found in the county.

Deti said the department is encouraging anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, as it is the best way to protect against infection, including against the Delta variant.

“The current data indicate the available vaccines are effective against this variant and are especially effective at preventing severe illness even with variant infections,” she said. “We are seeing excellent results among those who have been vaccinated. The vast majority of recent, new cases, hospitalizations and deaths have involved people who were not yet fully vaccinated.”

With Cheyenne Frontier Days beginning Friday, Wyoming will likely see tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Deti said the department hoped all of Wyoming’s visitors have taken advantage of the vaccine before coming into the state.

Deti told Cowboy State Daily earlier this month that the other 22 counties across the state aren’t doing anything different from Laramie County to account for lower active case numbers.

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mark steingass
1 month ago

With the Delta variant, it appears the “gain of function” experimentation at the Wuhan lab in China was “auspicious in nature”… big question is…what “function” will be “gained” by the virus in the next five to ten years as it evolves?…

Thomas Jones
1 month ago
Reply to  mark steingass

A bio-weapon.

Mark Steingass
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas Jones

research into the “gain of function” of viruses certainly could be “bio-weapon” research…that is why it is so important for society in today’s world to accept the use of facemasks, to explore and to educate the population on the best methods of prevention and protection from various forms of communicable illnesses

Mitch Smith
1 month ago

Yes, it looks like Trump was right after all, it DID come from a lab! Also looks like booster shots are in order, and people are catching the virus AFTER the vaccine has been administered…… Why are the “Experts” not coming up with a universal treatment plan for both the unvaccinated, and the vaccinated? Maybe we need to look at Hydroxychloroquine or some of the other meds that facebOOk has banned? A vaccine is great, but as the Democrats from Texas found out, you can still catch it, and we need treatment options for such.

Mark Steingass
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Smith

yeah sure mitch…you’re all over the place on Covid…at first you said Covid “was a hoax”…then… you didn’t believe in facemasks (you called them “muzzles)…very recently you stated, “you haven’t made up your mind on whether to get vaccinated”…now you want to consider “Hydroxy”?…have at it mitch…the former administration bought millions of doses…and the former president took “Hydroxy” before he contracted Covid…so go for it mitch…get some “Hydroxy” from your own doctor if you so wish…in my opinion you have no credibility whatsoever

Mark Steingass
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Steingass

and in addition folks, mitch smith even openly instructed the general public and the citizens of sheridan how to circumvent the public health order on the wearing of facemasks…during a pandemic no less…how is that for concern for the well being of fellow citizens?

Bill Ackerley
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Smith

Right on.

Mark Steingass
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Ackerley

yeah right….you say…Right on?… like his (mitch’s) former comment about facemasks…”Halloween is over!” ,,,,during a pandemic?….IMO just pathetic

Thomas Jones
1 month ago

32 Deaths from the swine flu vaccine in 1976 put a halt to the program. Almost 11,000 people have died from the covid vaccine in the US alone…..so far. Typically over 50 deaths will halt a vaccine in the US.

I wont even get into the TX to DC super spreader event that has infected 10% of the passengers on that chartered unmasked flight who were supposedly vaccinated.

Experimental vaccine authorized for emergency use only, so says the FDA.

Mark Steingass
1 month ago
Reply to  Thomas Jones

no credibility for your statement of 11K related vaccination deaths…if you give figures like this you need to state your source so it can be verified…smoke and mirrors