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Wyoming’s statewide COVID-19 public health orders extended through July 31

Rialto Barber Shop owner Larry Kirby disinfects the chair after giving regular customer Steve McGinty, left, a haircut on Friday, May 1, 2020 during the first day of operation since shutting down for coronavirus health regulations. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s existing statewide COVID-19 public health orders will remain in effect through July 31, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

There are various restrictions in the orders relating to public gatherings, restaurants, schools the use of face masks and more. The WDH notes that there have been minor changes.

The orders allow gatherings of up to 50 people in confined spaces without restrictions and allow events of up to 250 people with social distancing and sanitization measures in place.

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“Faith-based gatherings such as church services and funeral homes will continue to be permitted to operate without restrictions, with appropriate social distancing encouraged,” the WDH adds. “The section of Order No. 1 addressing restaurant operations has been simplified, with the removal of some specific provisions to provide business owners additional flexibility and maintain an emphasis on spacing and face coverings.”

“The public health restrictions that apply to bars, gyms and performance spaces will remain in place.”

The full orders are available online:

The WDH said the orders have been extended as “the state continues to see increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.”

“Over the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged 27 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day, with 342 new cases confirmed since July 1,” the release adds. “From June 15-30, there were 328 lab-confirmed cases reported. On July 13, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reported by Wyoming hospitals was 17, the most hospitalizations reported since April 22.”

“While the total numbers of tests completed has continued to grow in Wyoming, the percentage of tests that come back positive for COVID-19 has remained steady with a cumulative total average of 2.9%.”

Governor Mark Gordon noted in the release that Wyoming is not alone in seeing COVID cases continue to rise.

“I’m disappointed again that we continue to see case numbers rise,” he said. “Wyoming residents only need to look at what Texas, Florida and Arizona are experiencing to see how much damage being careless, not wearing a mask, and failing to social distance can cause to our state’s economy, our citizens’ health and our healthcare system.”

“I am encouraged to see many of our businesses taking this responsibility seriously and both requiring staff and urging customers to wear face coverings.”

Both Gordon and the WDH “strongly recommend the use of face coverings in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart.”

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.