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Covid- 19, Delta and back to School.

Kathy Emmons Executive Director of Cheyenne Laramie County Health Department talks about CoVid and School
Published: Aug. 11, 2021 at 10:35 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As the summer starts to wind down many kids are looking forward to going back to school, but the Delta variant has many parents worried.

Governor Gordon has decided to not issue a state mask mandate for the state of Wyoming, but rather leave the decision to local school districts, and adjust to any changes.

" Talk to your kid’s teacher. If you decide you want to have them wear masks, and if the schools aren’t requiring it, you can still do that,” said Kathy Emmons, Executive Director of Cheyenne Laramie County Health Department.

The Delta variant has an infection rate of 1 to 8, versus the original Covid-19 rate of 1 to 1. 1800 kids have tested positive for coronavirus in the county, from ages 3 days to 18 years. Luckily most have not been hospitalized.

City-County Health is working with both Laramie 1 and 2 school districts to provide the latest data and demographics on the variant for the coming school year.

The Covid-19 vaccine drastically reduces people’s ability to get severely sick or hospitalized, and just like other communicable illnesses like measles and mumps, vaccines can stop or reduce symptoms of the disease.

Health officials say break-through cases, are from patients that have pre-existing conditions or are on immunosuppressant medication.

“The CDC is recommending that if you’re in a county that has a high transmission rate, you should wear masks whether you’re vaccinated or not. Laramie county is one of those counties...This is the thing that will stop this in the community, if we get people vaccinated, it’s just a simple cause and effect,”said Emmons,

According to the CDC full approval by the FDA, for the vaccine, is expected within a couple of months.

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