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Wyoming governor to lift public health emergency declaration as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations decline

Governor Mark Gordon is greeted during the joint session of the 2022 Wyoming State Legislature. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office announced Monday that the governor will lift his COVID-19 public health emergency declaration effective March 14.

“As we see our case numbers and hospitalizations receding, it is time to begin the shift to a new phase,” Gordon said. “This virus will be with us for the foreseeable future and we should manage it appropriately.”

“That means being personally responsible for one’s own health and respectful of your family and neighbors. Use the tools we now have available and stay home when you’re sick.”

Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations fell under 50 on Saturday for the first time since July 2021, according to data shared by the Wyoming Department of Health. The state has been adding 59.6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day over the past seven days.

The governor is coordinating with state executive branch agencies and licensing boards to make adjustments as the public health emergency declaration comes to an end. The Wyoming Department of Health will continue to provide COVID-19 information and support.

The end of the public health emergency declaration will mean the expiration of the federally funded SNAP allotment, effective May 1, according to the governor’s office. It will also mean the elimination of emergency rule changes to licensing requirements for the Board of Medicine and the Board of Nursing.

“I extend my appreciation to our medical community, first responders, public health officials and National Guard volunteers statewide who have shown their commitment to the people of Wyoming throughout this pandemic,” Gordon said. “As we wind down from the emergency, the public can expect to see some changes in how information is relayed.”

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.