COVID-19 Variant Found in Campbell County

COVID-19 Update

Campbell County Public Health (CCPH) was notified that the Coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 was detected in Campbell County earlier this week.

The adult male tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and had been released from quarantine without additional health complications, according to a Feb. 26 press release from CCPH.

The variant, commonly referred to as the “U.K. variant,” was identified in the United Kingdom in the fall of 2020, and was first detected in the U.S. at the end of December 2020. Wyoming’s first confirmed variant case was identified in Teton County in late January.

“The variant spreads more easily and quickly than other variants, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19,” said County Health Officer Dr. Patel in the release. “The variant continues to be studied, and at this time, does not seem to cause more dangerous health complications.”

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Studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize these variants, according to the CDC.

“This is being closely investigated, and more studies are underway,” public health officials said Friday.

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CCPH continues offering vaccination opportunities for the public in prioritization groups outlined by the Wyoming Department of Health. Currently, CCPH is offering vaccinations for tier groups 1a through 1c.

As of Thursday, a total of 5,653 doses had been administered in Campbell County, per the release.

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Vaccination clinics are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling CCPH at (307) 682-2647.

The number of appointments available is dependent on vaccine supply, the release stated.

A final drive-thru clinic is scheduled for March 12 at the Cam-Plex Central Pavilion. This clinic is for seniors aged 70 and older who received their first dose on Feb. 12. Those getting their second dose must bring their vaccination record. As with earlier drive-thru clinics, vaccinations are based on alphabet grouping as follows.

Last Name A-F: 9 – 11 a.m.
Last Name G-L: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Last Name M-R: 1 – 3 p.m.
Last Name S-Z : 3 – 5 p.m.