Uinta County Sees Coronavirus Spike Tied To “Celebratory” Gathering

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Over the last couple weeks, Uinta County has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, some of which are tied to a “celebratory” gathering.

From mid-March to late May, the county only had nine cases, but as of Wednesday morning, Uinta County had 80 confirmed cases and 11 probable ones. The county is now third in the state for highest confirmed cases, behind Fremont and Laramie counties.

State health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist noted during a news conference on Tuesday that the recent jump in cases was from a “celebratory” social gathering involving young people at a public location.

“Many of the new cases there appear to be connected to a particular gathering at a public location where social distancing rules were not taken seriously,” she said. “People exposed at the gathering then spread the virus to others who were not there.”

Harrist and Gov. Mark Gordon reminded Wyoming residents that the pandemic is not over and that they need to continue following certain health orders, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings.

“This situation illustrates how it doesn’t take much to really change the disease picture in a community,” Harist said. “This disease has not gone away, so please think of others when you make choices.”

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