Delta variant and outbreak in Cheyenne concerns Casper health officials

CASPER, WYOMING (June 24, 2021) – The Casper-Natrona County Health Department encourages Casper residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as Cheyenne experiences a COVID outbreak that is filling local hospitals with case numbers approaching December 2020 levels.

Cheyenne area hospitals are filling with COVID patients some affected by the Delta variant, which is especially contagious and harmful. Patients include younger individuals and others in otherwise good health. FDA authorized vaccines all protect against the Delta variant.

“These numbers are concerning, but fortunately, we have a great tool to fight COVID and this variant with our vaccines,” Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom said. “We fully expect to see the Delta strain pop up in Casper, but we’re hopeful that if people continue to get vaccinated, it will keep residents out of hospitals.”

The developing situation in Cheyenne has been a tough reminder that COVID hasn’t left Wyoming. With big statewide events like the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo and Frontier Days around the corner, Bloom encourages anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated to schedule an appointment today. The more of our community that we have vaccinated, the safer we’ll all be, she said.

“We love these events, and we want to make sure that everyone who goes stays healthy. As we have people traveling in and out of Casper, COVID and the Delta variant are at a higher risk,” Bloom said. “So get vaccinated, and if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested and stay home. We’re not out of the woods yet, and we all have to keep each other safe,” she said. COVID-19 tests and vaccines are available for free at the Casper-Natrona County Health
Department. Learn more and schedule your appointment at caspervscovid.com.

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