In 24 hours, Sheridan County added another 23 confirmed positive cases to the 2,865 total lab confirmed cases in the county since the pandemic began.
According to COVID-19 Public Information Officer Jennifer Graves, there are currently 141 lab confirmed and 39 probable positive cases active in Sheridan County.
The COVID-19 virus has claimed the lives of 33 Sheridan County residents. Sheridan County reports 16 patients are currently hospitalized suffering from the virus.
Although a small percentage of breakthrough Delta variant cases have occurred in vaccinated individuals. Evidence shows the vaccine greatly reduces the symptoms of COVID-19. To prevent yourself from contracting the Delta variant of the virus and possibly passing it on to others who may not be vaccinated, follow these steps.
As of Aug. 23, the Wyoming Department of Health reports Sheridan’s vaccination rate at 37%. A list of locations administering vaccines can be found here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed suggestions to help keep kids safe as they get back to school.
Take COVID-19 seriously.
Students benefit from in-person learning and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority. CDC has COVID-19 specific guidance for K-12 schools and Colleges and Universities.
Mental health is important to the learning process.
CDC data shows that the pandemic has created significant stress and trauma for children, adolescents, and families. Schools can help promote student well-being with CDC evidence-based strategies like establishing safe and supportive school environments and referring students to appropriate mental and physical health services.
Routine vaccinations save lives.
Getting required vaccines can help protect children and teens as they grow into adulthood. Making sure children get vaccinated is one of the most important things parents can do.
Washing hands stops germs.
Handwashing with soap and water is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of colds, flu, and other diseases to others.
Eat well, be active, and get enough sleep.
Make sure children drink plenty of water, limit sugary drinks, and practice healthy eating at home and school to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight and to support brain development and healthy growth. It’s also important to help kids get the recommended 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, as well as the right amount of sleep every night. Teens need at least 8 hours of sleep per night—younger students need at least 9 hours.
Be tobacco free.
Youth use of any tobacco product is unsafe. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students. However, youth also report using cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products. Tobacco products contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can harm the developing adolescent brain – specifically the areas of the brain that are responsible for learning, memory, and attention. For help to quit, you can talk with your healthcare provider or visit CDC.gov/quit.
Stay cool in the heat.
With above average temperatures in multiple parts of the country, it is important to limit outdoor activity during the middle of the day when the sun is hottest. Wear and reapply sunscreen, seek shade, drink plenty of water, and know how to prevent heat-related illness in athletes.
Wear helmets and protect your head.
Children and adolescents can get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from school sports activities to the hallway, the playground, and even the cafeteria. Get information on preventing and responding to concussions and supporting students when they return to school after a concussion.
Help children with special health care needs.
The pandemic can present unique challenges for children with special health care needs. CDC has tips for helping these children make the transition back to the classroom. More COVID-19 data and information is available at www.sheridancounty.com/covid-19/.