Concern grows as Laramie County continues weekly trend of new COVID cases

CLCHD Executive Director, Kathy Emmons, said they are very concerned with the continued rise in...
CLCHD Executive Director, Kathy Emmons, said they are very concerned with the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in Laramie County.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 3:31 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The weekly trend of new positive COVID-19 cases in Laramie County continued this week. The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department’s Executive Director, Kathy Emmons, said the community is moving closer and closer to the peak numbers of 2020.

“We are not in a very good place with COVID just to be completely honest. We are the worst county in the state as far as numbers.”

During the week of June 14-20, Emmons said there were 330 lab confirmed positive cases in Wyoming. Of those 330, 181 came from Laramie County. She also said there are at least 28 cases of the Delta Variant in the community.

“You can just kind of watch where they are spreading and it goes quick and it causes a lot more cases very quickly.”

Emmons said they are continuing to see the majority of positive cases in residents who have not received a COVID vaccine. She said they have had a few “breakthrough” cases where vaccinated people have tested positive for the virus, but those cases are “minimal.” Emmons said they are also seeing unvaccinated people who have caught the virus for the second time.

The mission continues to be the same for CLCHD in stopping the spread of the virus, which is encouraging more residents to get vaccinated.

“We want the economy to stay strong, we want people to be healthy, we want to really save Frontier Days, and the way that we’re going to get there is by making sure people are vaccinated, so that we drive those positive rates of COVID down.”

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is also seeing a rise in COVID related hospitalizations. A spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that 24 people are currently hospitalized at CRMC due to the virus. Five of the 24 are in the Intensive Care Unit and all five are on ventilators. The concern continues to be the younger age ranges of the people who are hospitalized, which you can find a breakdown of below:

AgeNumber of people hospitalized due to COVID-19
20-29 years old2
30-39 years old4
40-49 years old5
50-59 years old4
60-69 years old5
70-79 years old3
80-89 years old1

COVID-19 vaccines are available all across Laramie County, for more information on vaccine locations and how you can schedule an appointment, you can head to CLCHD’s website here. You can also use the same link to schedule an appointment to be tested for COVID-19.

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