The Wyoming Department of Health reports there are now 137 active lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Park County as of Monday afternoon.
Overall confirmed cases have dropped in the last 24 hours with only one new case and 24 recoveries.
The Cody School District announced on Monday it has also seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases among staff and students. There are 43 students and nine teachers are out due to positive tests or recommendations to quarantine.
Superintendent Peg Monteith said this makes up about 2% of the student body and 2% of the teaching staff.
Of the student cases, 15 are at the high school, 11 at the middle school, and 26 at the elementary level. From these totals, there are three teachers with cases at each school level.
"If you have a student in any of the classes impacted by a positive case of COVID-19, you will have been contacted by the building principal and/or classroom teacher," Monteith said in the release.
Park County Public Health conducts contact tracing. Contact Public Health if you are suspected of having been in close contact or your student has been in close contact with a positive case.
"We are imploring our parents and community members to continue your diligence in following the recommendations of Public Health," Monteith said. "This will go a long way in helping us mitigate the spread of this insidious virus."
Monteith recommends wearing face coverings, maintain social distancing and implement extra sanitizing efforts.
On Saturday night, Park County Public Health Officer Dr. Aaron Billin said wastewater sewage testing is showing 562 people currently shedding the virus in Cody right now, but only 25 in Powell. This equates for a 70% increase in Cody and 19% decrease in Powell since Oct. 8.
Billin reported on Saturday night 317 recoveries and 122 active cases in the county.
From this total, there were 61 active cases in Cody. He said there are four county residents hospitalized due to COVID-19 right now.
Billin said there was a 19% positivity rate among people tested at the Stampede Rodeo Grounds on Oct. 9.
“So clearly, it is advantageous to have as many people as possible tested,” he said.
Sunlight Sports closed over the weekend through Tuesday to an employee exposure while Brewgards Bar and Grill closed down for deep cleaning as a "preventative measure."
Billin is only recommending that individuals be tested if they have had a significant exposure to an infected individual - but first wait 72 hours if you are not symptomatic - or if individuals are at high risk due to age or underlying medical conditions.
People who complete a 14-day quarantine do not need a negative test to be released.
New cases statewide have grown steadily since mid-September. There are currently 1,828 active cases in Wyoming.
The state is also offering free, at-home testing through Vault Health. Vault sends a saliva-based test to your home and test results are processed within 48 hours of the company receiving the test back in the mail. The Wyoming Department of Health will be notified of all positive cases.
The rise in cases has led to a number of changes at Cody Regional Health, the latest of which was to temporarily shut down laboratory services at Cathcart, as the building is being used to accept more patients with respiratory illness.
CRH is requiring anyone who has non-severe symptoms of the coronavirus or other lung-related illness like the flu and who want to use the walk-in clinic only come from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Drive-thru testing is also offered weekly on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8-11 a.m. at the Stampede Rodeo Grounds. This testing is first come, first serve, and ends when allotted tests are gone.
Test results may take up to seven days to receive. Tests cost $25 per person by check, debit or credit card. Cash is not accepted.
Govenor Mark Gordon’s 14th continuation of the State Public Health Orders took effect on Friday and run through Oct. 31. There have been no significant changes.
There have been a total of 414 laboratory confirmed and probable cases in Park County with 260 recoveries and two deaths since the pandemic began.