By Bill Sniffin
Publisher, Cowboy State Daily
At least five Fremont County coronavirus patients are critically ill and are using ventilators, the county’s public health officer announced Wednesday.
Dr. Brian Gee, in a video, said half of the 16 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state are in Fremont County.
“And more than half of them are critically ill and on ventilators,” Gee said.
The state Department of Health set the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Fremont County as of Wednesday morning at 25.
But the Fremont County Incident Management Team reported that over the last 14 days, more than 600 people have been directed by doctors to self-isolate because they are showing signs of the illness.
Gee stressed that those self-isolating are not all elderly.
“The hundreds of patients were and are people young and old who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection,” he said. “The young are not immune. Our county currently has three patients under 60 who are seriously or critically ill.”
A diagnosis of coronavirus in a man at a Lander retirement home was among the first in the state.
Fremont County is located in the center of the state and has a population of 40,000 people. Its also the location of the Wind River Indian Reservation. Riverton, Lander, Dubois, Hudson, Shoshoni, and Pavillion are some of the towns in the county.