CLCHD to begin COVID testing and vaccinations at 100 Central Ave. next week
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Laramie County continues to lead the state in new positive COVID-19 cases, including more than 150 new lab confirmed cases in the past two weeks.
“We had 153 cases last week, so that goes back to January of 2021 when we were that high,” said Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department Executive Director, Kathy Emmons.
Emmons expects the number of cases to continue to rise in the coming weeks, especially after graduation gatherings in Laramie County. She said the best way to get on top of the rise in cases, is for residents to get vaccinated. As summer activities begin, CLCHD plans to work with youth groups and summer camps to encourage more young adults to get their vaccine.
“We know they’re gathering more often, gathering more people together, so we’re really hoping to focus on getting into that group and getting the parents vaccinated with hopes of then getting kids vaccinated as well.”
Laramie County is sitting just under 30% for fully vaccinated residents, a number that has stalled in the last few months. The response for many in the community who have chosen to not get the vaccine, is that there has not been enough research to show it is safe.
“I’m hoping that the longer we do this, the more comfortable people become, and maybe do some research and educating themselves on the mRNA vaccine procedure because it’s not new. We were just able to quickly come up with the vaccine for COVID with existing technology.”
CLCHD will also be wrapping up operations this week at the 614 South Greeley Highway vaccine clinic. Emmons said they appreciated the opportunity to be able to use it over the last few months. All COVID vaccinations and free testing will begin at 100 Central Ave. on Monday.
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