Converse County Health Department and Wyoming State Fair discuss safety

Social Distancing sign on the grounds of the Wyoming State Fair
Social Distancing sign on the grounds of the Wyoming State Fair(Haley Roedder)
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 5:12 PM CDT
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DOUGLAS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Converse County Health Department and the Wyoming State Fair worked together this year to ensure those attending the fair stay safe.

“the staff at the State Fair were wonderful last year in putting together a safety plan and they worked hand in hand with our agency and also our county health officer. We visited them several times on their grounds and just tried to get a picture of what we could do,” said Darcy Cowardin, the Converse County Nurse Manager.

This year, Woyming State Fair staff members are screened each day for Covid-19 symptoms, as well as have isolation spaces in place if someone were to test positive. Signs are also placed throughout the fairgrounds encouraging people to maintain social distancing. The Health Department is concerned about case numbers rising due to no state mandates being in effect.

“We have a large amount of the population, statewide, not just in Converse County, that is unvaccinated. You can carry the delta varriant and unknowingly carry it, and spread it to other people, and so I think our concern of public health is the same as it’s been since this all started: people congregating together closely, being from other areas, and spreading it unknowingly,” said Johnna Shepherd, the Public Health Response Coordinator.

Converse County Health Department recommends fair-goers wear a mask in crowded areas if they are concerned.

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