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Gordon extends COVID public health orders through Aug. 15 as Wyoming cases rise

Governor Mark Gordon takes off his mask at a June 8, 2020 Media Briefing (courtesy of Wyoming PBS YouTube)

Governor Mark Gordon announced he will keep current public health orders in place through August 15 as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Wyoming.

“It is important for all of us to remain vigilant as we continue to see case numbers increase statewide,” Governor Gordon said in the release issued on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are approaching a critical time for our state’s economy. So far, Wyoming has been able to keep our businesses open and our citizens safe. That’s good for our economy and good for the health of our people.”

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Gordon again asked citizens to voluntarily wear masks and social distance in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Over the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged 37 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day, according to the release. Since July 12, 523 new cases have been confirmed. From June 28 through July 12, the state averaged 28 new cases per day. On July 28, the state reported a single-day record of 64 new lab-confirmed cases.

The release says Public Health Order No. 1 has been updated to provide more specific guidelines for school operations.

The updates include a continuation of face mask requirements for students where six feet of social distancing can’t be maintained.

“The continuing orders allow gatherings up to 50 persons in a confined space to occur without restrictions and permit events of up to 250 persons with social distancing and increased sanitization measures in place,” said the release.

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

On Tuesday, July 28, the state added another COVID-related death to Wyoming’s total, which is now 26. There are 2,136 lab-confirmed positive cases in Wyoming, and 453 probable cases.

The governor will discuss the state’s COVID-19 measures in a live briefing at 3 p.m. today that will be broadcast over Wyoming PBS and streamed live by Wyoming PBS on Facebook and their YouTube channel.

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.