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January 5 Press Release - Vaccine Rollout

Over 500 doses of the COVID vaccine have been provided to the personnel on the first priority lists. These include healthcare workers who have close contact with potentially ill clients, first responders, in home care providers, law enforcement and more. The list of priority personnel is available at http://www.parkcounty.us/CoronaVirus.html and at the Wyoming Department of Health website, https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/.

Park County Public Health, Cody Regional Health, Powell Valley Health Care have all been working to vaccinate as many people in the high priority categories as want the COVID vaccine. There has been no waiting for personnel to decide. There is also every opportunity for personnel who decide later they want the vaccine to get it. All agencies providing the COVID vaccine will always allow personnel to make appointments to get vaccinated.

Park County has both the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. Every agency providing the COVID vaccine is committed to using every dose available and not to waste any dose. Each has its own special handling characteristics. The Pfizer vaccine requires ultra-cold storage. The only freezer required has to hold the vaccine at -70 C is at Cody Regional Health. Once the vaccine is removed from that freezer it must be used within 6 days. This vaccine requires reconstitution, meaning normal saline is mixed to create the appropriate doses. Once that process occurs now the agency has 6 hours to use that vial. So planning requires that we have that number of people available to give the COVID vaccine to. This vaccine also requires a second dose in 21 days. That is another separate clinic to do.

The Moderna vaccine is somewhat easier to manage. It can be out of our standard freezer for 30 days and stored in our vaccine refrigerators. It requires no dilution and once the vial is punctured we have 12 hours to provide it to the appropriate clients or waste it. And the second dose is needed to be given at 28 days.

As you can see there are many things to take into account when giving these COVID vaccines. Everyone will have an opportunity to get the COVID vaccine if they want it. It someone decides later that they want it and avoided their first opportunity, that is not a problem. Everyone who wants to be vaccinated with the two appropriate doses will have that opportunity at any time once vaccine becomes more available. No agency providing vaccine wants to waste any.

Future planning for Park County Public Health includes doing 4 hour clinics for specific populations. Powell will start those this Thursday afternoon and Friday morning at the Fairgrounds. If you go to the County website, you will see a form or survey. Fill this out, submit it and it will place you in one of those 4 hour blocks. The age groupings we are doing at this time are 70 and older. In Cody, Public Health will be conducting these at the Auditorium starting the afternoon of January 19 and the morning of January 20. Again 4 hours each. The process will be the same.

Park County Public Health requests that if you here of a vaccine clinic anywhere, if you haven’t signed up please don’t arrive unannounced. The vaccines available on those days are for the people who have signed up. If we have extra doses at the end of a particular day and you walk in we will be glad to vaccinate you. But with small dose amounts and over 8,000 people in Park County, who according to Health and Human Services receive Medicare, we want the priority, at risk folks to get the vaccine first. As more doses become available we will be doing larger clinics for more residents in Park County. It will take time. Please be patient.

Bill Crampton, Nurse Manager &
Park County Incident Commander
bcrampton@parkcounty.us

Wyoming State Park Permits 2021

We are an authorized vendor for these permits. We have received the 2021 passes from the agency!  We're open 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

WY Resident Permit Fees for 2021:
$48 Day Use
$24 Additional Day Use Permits
$80 Overnight Camping
$40 Additional Overnight Camping Permits

Non-Resident Permit Fees for 2021:
$96 Day Use
$48 Additional Day Use Permits

Locals - please bring along your vehicle registration information and your Wyoming driver's license to confirm your in-state residency. Additional vehicle or replacement permits registered to same household are only offered in person with proof of original receipt!

More information (and the option to purchase online) on State Park Permits can be found on the State Parks website.

Cody Regional Health’s COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing - Rapid COVID Testing and Drive-Thru Hours Change Until Further Notice

Starting on Monday, December 14, 2020, Cody Regional Health’s (CRH) Drive-thru COVID testing will no long be able to offer rapid tests to the general public until further notice due to supply and demand.

Cody Regional Health’s drive-thru testing will continue to offer testing through Curative Lab, where they will send off the tests and people will receive word via email with their results, typically within 48-72 hours.

In addition, their drive-thru testing will also be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2020 and December 31, 2020 for Christmas and New Year’s. Starting in January the new Drive-Thru hours will be Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00 to 11:00 AM or when tests run out.

“We have stopped receiving our supply of rapid tests from the state and need to reserve what we have left for our front-line staff and surgical patients,” states Jeanine Brus, Laboratory Director for CRH.

“We are doing our best to keep drive-thru testing available, however, in order to continue offering the best possible care we can at our campus locations, we need to cut our hours back so we do not deplete our team,” stated Keith Ungrund, Chief Clinical Officer at CRH.

CRH would like to remind the public that Governor Mark Gordon has made free, at-home COVID-19 testing available to Wyoming residents as another alternative. Cody Regional Health is optimistic about this helping ease the burden on their drive-thru testing, respiratory clinic and emergency room.

The saliva test is administered by Vault Health and allows residents to get results at home without needing to visit a healthcare provider. To take advantage of the free testing, please visit https://www.vaulthealth.com/covid and order a collection kit. The $150 testing fee is waived for all kits shipped to a Wyoming address and all shipping is prepaid. The saliva is collected during a supervised, online telehealth visit with a Vault test supervisor, which requires an internet connection. Results are reported within 48 hours of when your sample arrives at the lab.

Patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations or other more serious symptoms should go to their closest ER or call 9-1-1.

As COVID-19 cases rise statewide, Cody Regional Health continues to strongly recommend the use of masks in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart and stress the importance of staying home when ill.

Public Health Order 2020-003 - Effective December 5 through January 8.

Order Requiring All Adults within Park County, WY to Wear Face Coverings in certain places open to the public, with exceptions. This Order is effective on December 5, 2020 and remains in effect through January 8, 2021, or until such time as the Park County Health Officer, with the State Health Officer's approval, issues an Order revoking or modifying this Order.

Signage you can print for your store front:

PDF Sign 1          PDF Sign 2          PDF Sign 3

FREE Disposable Masks

The Wyoming Office of Tourism donated 200k disposable, non N95 masks to the Cody Chamber for local business distribution. If your business is interested, please contact our office for an appointment 307-587-2777.

WYDOT #CodyImprovements

December 14 update

Concrete slab replacement, curb and gutter, double gutter, sidewalk and ADA upgrades, and all other work on the project will be suspended due to weather until late February or early March 2021. All equipment and traffic control will be removed from the project today.

Traffic will be returned to normal two way traffic in each direction and the speed limit throughout the project will return to normal speed limits. All intersections are fully opened.

This will be the last weekly update until work resumes. Public notice and emergency contacts updates will be provided prior to resuming work on the project in 2021.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation through the first two phases of this project. It has been greatly appreciated.

For information about this news release, please contact Cody Beers, WYDOT public relations specialist, at (307) 431-1803.

Housing Assistance Now Available (Contact Numbers Corrected)

In Wyoming 2-1-1's October Newsletter, they shared that Wyoming has received CARES ACT Funding to assist individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence situations. This temporary program can assist with homelessness prevention programs, rent, rent deposits, utility deposits and utility payments. The funds are being dispersed by 6 agencies statewide. Individuals can be referred to Wyoming 2-1-1 and we will get them directed to the appropriate agency representing the client's county. Contact information has been UPDATED -- Please see below:

Wyoming 2-1-1 - Statewide
Dial 2-1-1 or 888-425-7138
Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Johnson, Park, Sheridan, or Washakie
307-672-0475 or 307-751-5708

Express Arrow Bus Service

Express Arrow is operating a limited day schedule route that makes stops in Wyoming at Lovell, Cody, Greybull, Basin, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, and Casper.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card, or locally with cash in Cody at the Wyoming Buffalo Company, 1270 Sheridan Avenue, 10am - 6pm.

The pick up and drop off location in Cody is the Paul Stock Aquatic & Recreation Center, 1402 Heart Mountain Street. Dirt lot south west corner of property. Be sure to have someone there to pick you up.

Contact Express Arrow's main office at 877-779-2999.

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