Monthly Archives: August 2020

Sheridan County & Sheridan County School District No. 2 Address the Impacts of COVID-19

Sheridan County Public Health is collaborating extensively with area schools to respond to the effects of COVID-19.

“We are continually communicating with local principals and school nurses to identify individuals who may have been in contact with positive cases,” said Public Health Nurse Manager Debra Haar.

There have been positive cases of COVID-19 among Sheridan County School District No. 2 students and staff since this summer, as well as close contacts with positive cases who have been ordered to quarantine. The agencies have collaborated to address the impact of each case, strictly adhering to protocols established by the Wyoming Department of Health.

“The process of identifying and isolating those who may have been in contact with a positive case is important for reducing potential spread,” said Haar.

In the event that a student or staff member tests positive, or is in close contact with a positive case, Public Health contact tracers reach out to all parents/students or staff that were in close contact with that individual. They determine whether those people need to be tested or even quarantined. This determination is made by the type and duration of contact following state protocols.

SCSD2 students determined to be in close contact with a COVID-19 case and subsequently quarantined will be able to continue their education remotely until they are able to return to the classroom. Additionally, Public Health staff will continue to be in contact with them to monitor their health.

“Our Sheridan County schools are doing a great job of partnering with Public Health and protecting the student population. We expected to have COVID-19 positive cases among students, and our school districts have done an excellent job of preparing for this. They were ready,” said Sheridan County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hunter.

“In order for the safety plans at our schools to work effectively,” said Hunter, “we need the community to take this disease seriously. All Sheridan residents should be wearing masks and social distancing. This is what will keep schools running.”

According to SCSD2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty, support from Public Health has been critical for reopening schools. “Public Health has been an outstanding partner; now we need the entire Sheridan community to step up and join the effort.”

Public Health encourages citizens to be vigilant and practice all appropriate hygiene and distancing recommendations. Your hard work protects you, your family, and your community.

COVID-19 Best Practices

The public is encouraged to follow these guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH):

  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with anyone outside of your household.
  • Wear cloth face coverings when out in the public.
  • Stay home if sick. (If you are concerned that the symptoms you are experiencing are outside of your normal everyday condition, please consult your physician.)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Notification of a COVID-19 Death in Sheridan County

An older adult woman died at Sheridan Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, August 26 from complications associated with COVID-19. This patient suffered from health conditions that put her at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. The death will not be added to Wyoming’s total as she was not a resident. This brings the number… Continue Reading

Wyoming Certifies Primary Election Results After Record Voter Turnout

CHEYENNE, WY – The Wyoming State Canvassing Board certified the primary election results on Wednesday morning, August 26th, making the 2020 Primary Election results official.    The State Canvassing Board examined the results of state-level races across Wyoming and certified winning candidates to be placed on the 2020 General Election Ballot. The State Canvassing Board is… Continue Reading

District Court Jury Schedule

District Court jurors serving May through August, please be advised there are no more jury trials scheduled during your term and you are hereby released from jury duty.  District Court jurors serving September through December please be advised there are no jury trials scheduled at this time.  You may also go to www.sheridancounty.com for updates… Continue Reading

Sheridan County COVID-19 web page launched

Sheridan County’s Incident Management Team (IMT) has published a new web page (https://www.sheridancounty.com/covid-19) to share timely numbers reflecting local COVID-19 cases. The page provides a snapshot of total laboratory confirmed cases, active confirmed cases, active probable cases, and recovered cases of COVID-19 and will be updated each weekday. Along with each number is a detailed… Continue Reading

SHERIDAN COUNTY MONITORING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS August 26, 2020 UPDATE

Below is the current confirmed case count for Sheridan County residents. Total Lab Confirmed Positive Cases: 94 Recovered: 64 Active COVID-19 Cases: 29 Death: 1 Currently hospitalized in Sheridan County (residents & nonresidents): 2 Additional updates: • Since the beginning of the pandemic, Sheridan County Public Health staff have been in contact with over 200… Continue Reading

Wyoming State Canvassing Board to Meet and Certify Election Results

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming State Canvassing Board will convene on Wednesday, August 26th. The Board will certify the election results and the nominated candidates from Wyoming’s Primary Election. Members of the Board are: Governor Mark Gordon; Secretary of State Edward Buchanan (chair); State Auditor Kristi Racines; and State Treasurer Curt Meier. Eight days after… Continue Reading

SHERIDAN COUNTY MONITORING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (August 20, 2020 UPDATE)

Below is the current confirmed case count for Sheridan County residents. Total Lab Confirmed Positive Cases: 82 Recovered: 52 Active COVID-19 Cases: 29 Currently Hospitalized: 0 Death: 1 COVID-19 Best Practices The public is encouraged to follow these guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH): • Avoid… Continue Reading

Waddle Fire Update 8-21-2020, 10:30 AM

The smoke in the air in Sheridan county is coming from the large fires in California and the west.  There was very little fire activity on the fire yesterday.  The 25,600-acre Waddle Creek fire that started the afternoon on Monday August 17th in north-eastern Sheridan County is now 95% contained.  The fire is now monitored… Continue Reading