Alarming spike in COVID-19 Cases in Johnson County

CEO of JCHC, Sean McCallister
Hello Johnson County,
Johnson County Emergency Operations Center issued an announcement today (see the announcement below).  COVID cases are rising alarmingly in Johnson County. 41% of the 46 total COVID cases in Johnson County have occurred since September 18, 2020. Up to this point, we have largely been insulated by a bubble. Undoubtedly things are changing.
Now more than ever is the time to do our individual and collective parts. Setting an example for our community with preventive basics is our responsibility, including hand hygiene, masking, distancing, and staying home if you’re sick. Avoid large group events (weddings are among the biggest “super spreader” activities across the country).
I’m pleased to announce that, starting today, our Rapid PCR COVID Lab Analyzer is operable. This means we no longer have to send all PCR tests to outside labs. Critical results will be determined within hours instead of days. This will provide tremendous benefit and advantages going forward. With that said, supplies for this analyzer are in high demand across the country, so we initially must be judicious with whom we test with the rapid PCR.
This is also an optimal time to get a flu shot.
We expect to deal with more COVID now and for the foreseeable future. Our team’s confidence has increased with experience garnered in the last eight months. We are well prepared to serve our community.
I realize this is a long haul, so thanks for your continued vigilance, patience, and teamwork.
Sean McCallister, CEO
JCHC

Johnson County Emergency Operations Center
Official Statement
10/7/2020

Alarming Uptick in Covid19 Cases
Johnson County Public Health has been notified there are four cases associated with Willow Creek assisted living facility. Full testing of staff and residents is underway. Follow up and contact tracing is currently being conducted at the State level. The facility is cooperating with the Wyoming Department of Health and Johnson County Public Health.
Since the first confirmed case on March 26, 2020, there have been 46 total cases in Johnson County, 41% of those cases have occurred since September 18, 2020. The most recent cases are comprised of eleven females and eight males ranging in ages from 24 to 81 years old.
Total cases are from eleven different groups that are unrelated. These group cases have developed from private gatherings, out-of-state visitors, and travel outside of Johnson County.
As cases increase, Johnson County Public Health is asking residents and businesses to continue to be vigilant by practicing all appropriate hygiene, distancing recommendations, and utilize face coverings when you are unable to distance.