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Cheyenne Laramie County Board of Health talks about COVID-19 surge at monthly meeting

A graphic showing Laramie County's surge in COVID-19 cases in the last seven weeks.
A graphic showing Laramie County's surge in COVID-19 cases in the last seven weeks.(Will Thomas)
Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 7:08 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Cheyenne Laramie County Board of Health held its monthly meeting Tuesday and spoke a lot about the county’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

“The week prior to October 11th, we had 54, so we’ve gone from 54 cases to 608 in seven weeks, which again is just mind boggling,” said Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department executive director, Kathy Emmons.

A graphic shown at the CLC Board of Health meeting Tuesday showing the surge in COVID-19...
A graphic shown at the CLC Board of Health meeting Tuesday showing the surge in COVID-19 numbers over the last seven weeks.(Will Thomas)

Emmons also highlighted the 14.25% new positive test results in the previous two weeks. She said that’s incredibly high and we want that number to be around 2% at the highest.

Emmons spoke about hospitalizations, and though the graphic said 48, she said she counted 50 which is Laramie County’s highest total since the pandemic began. Of the 50 hospitalizations, seven are in the Intensive Care Unit and two are on ventilators. Emmons said hospitalization worries are not about the amount of space, but having enough trained people helping those who are hospitalized from COVID-19.

Emmons also spoke about the COVID-19 vaccine, which she said might be in Laramie County by the middle of December.

“We’re working very closely with the state department of health on the COVID vaccine. We are hearing that it may be the middle of December by the time we get that first round,” said Emmons.

Emmons also mentioned that the CLCHD has the ultra cold freezer needed to house the COVID-19 vaccine. The meeting was livestreamed on the CLCHD’s Facebook which you can find and watch here.

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