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Indoor gathering limits increased, parades permitted under updated health orders

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Updated public health orders that take effect June 15 will continue to ease restrictions on public gatherings in Wyoming, Governor Mark Gordon announced today. The updated orders allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with... Full story

 

LTC will not re-open yet

No plans are yet in place to allow visitors back into the hospital and the long term care facility within its walls, said CEO of Crook County Medical Services District Micki Lyons on Friday. Decisions on how to go about this process have been left... Full story

 

State aid to launch by June 1

With a following wind and a lot of hard work, the financial aid programs authorized by the Wyoming State Legislature are set to go live on June 1. Businesses that have suffered financially through the COVID-19 crisis, as well as those whose housing s... Full story

 

Governor Gordon expresses disappointment that Wyoming's 6 largest rodeos are cancelled in 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and representatives from the state’s largest rodeos announced today that six of Wyoming’s large rodeos and events will not take place in 2020. This decision factored in economics, health concerns... Full story

 

Coronavirus deaths rise to 12, Platte Co. sees first case

A Washakie County man is the 12th Wyoming resident to die from the coronavirus, the Wyoming Department of Health has reported. Meanwhile, Platte County saw its first confirmed laboratory case of coronavirus on Thursday as the total number of cases... Full story

 

Coronavirus case up by 10, state prepares for rule relaxation

As Wyoming prepared for partial lifting of rules that closed some businesses in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the state Department of Health announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state grew by 10 on Wednesday.... Full story

 

Historic special session opens as bars, restaurants open

Restaurants and bars across Wyoming that have been closed since mid-March opened their doors on Friday as Wyoming’s legislators met in an historic special session to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus. A handful of lawmakers took their seats... Full story

 
 By Sarah Pridgeon    COVID-19    May 7, 2020

Variance sought for local eateries

Representative Tyler Lindholm and Senator Ogden Driskill were all geared up to fight the good fight on behalf of local restaurant owners on Monday, but soon discovered that the county’s emergency operations center has already set the ball rolling... Full story

 

Fremont County case jump indicates continued community spread

An increase of 24 in the number of Fremont County coronavirus cases indicates that the illness is continuing to spread in the community, county officials said. The Wyoming Department of Health reported Wednesday that the total number of confirmed... Full story

 

Wyoming coronavirus cases up by four; State slowly reopens

Restaurants and bars across Wyoming continued their gradual reopening on Thursday as Department of Health officials announced the state’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases grew by four. State officials by Thursday had approved requests from 13... Full story

 

Fremont County coronavirus numbers high due to testing, official says

The high number of coronavirus cases on Fremont County reflects the amount of testing done in the county, according to a health official. Dr. Paul Ebbert, chief medical officer for Wind River Family and Community Health Care, told the Riverton... Full story

 

Wyoming coronavirus cases up by three

The daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming on Tuesday was at the lowest level seen since mid-April, according to Department of Health figures. The department, in its daily coronavirus update, said three new cases were detected in... Full story

 

Wyoming records eighth coronavirus death; seven new cases on Sunday

Wyoming recorded its eighth coronavirus-related death over the weekend as a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home added seven new confirmed cases to the state’s total. The Wyoming Department of Health reported Saturday an older Fremont County woman... Full story

 

Wyoming sees eleven new coronavirus cases

Eleven new coronavirus cases in five counties brought the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 577 on Monday. Six of the cases were diagnosed in Natrona County, where officials said 11 new cases have been detected in the last week, including... Full story

 

Wyoming coronavirus recoveries increase by 24, doctor warns against complacency

The number of coronavirus patients to recover from the illness since it was first detected in Wyoming in March grew by 24 on Tuesday. However, in Natrona County, where confirmed coronavirus cases have increased by 13 in the last week, the public... Full story

 

Governor urges residents to adhere to safeguards as cases climb by 13

In the wake of Wyoming’s 11th death related to the coronavirus, Gov. Mark Gordon on Wednesday urged Wyoming residents to abide by the safety guidelines that have been handed down by state health officials to stop the spread of the illness. Gordon,... Full story

 

"Downright fraudulent"

The first antibody tests have begun to appear on the market, both to purchase online and through a few providers in this region. But are they worth taking, this early in the game? The answer is no, according to both state health officer Dr. Alexia... Full story

 

Coronavirus count closes in on 400; Gordon announces some business openings

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by seven on Tuesday to total 396. Meanwhile, Gov. Mark Gordon announced the state would let some businesses that provide personal services, such as hair salons and cosmetologists, open on... Full story

 

Wyoming's coronavirus count tops 400; park campgrounds to open in May

State residents will be allowed to camp at state parks beginning in mid-May as part of the gradual reopening of businesses and services closed in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Gov. Mark Gordon on Wednesday announced that state park... Full story

 

Wyoming's coronavirus count to 415; state preps for easing of restrictions

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 11 to total 415 on Thursday as state residents began preparing for the easing of restrictions imposed on some businesses in March to prevent the spread of the illness. New statewide health... Full story

 

Wyoming's coronavirus cases up to 435, legislators draft bills for special session

Wyoming’s confirmed coronavirus case count increased by 15 over the weekend to total 435 by Monday morning, largely due to increases in Fremont County’s case count. The Wyoming Health Department reported 10 new coronavirus cases in Fremont... Full story

 

County variances allow restaurants, churches to open across state

Wyoming began taking steps toward normalcy this week as some counties won permission to reopen restaurants and churches. State officials approved requests from seven counties for county-wide variances from the public health orders that were imposed... Full story

 

Wyoming coronavirus cases top 500; majority of counties now have variances

Wyoming’s coronavirus case count topped 500 over the weekend as the state Department of Health reported 14 new cases, most of them in Fremont County. At the same time, restaurants and bars in most of Wyoming’s counties were able to begin limited... Full story

 

Seventh coronavirus death reported

An older Teton County man has died as a result of the coronavirus, bringing to seven the number of Wyoming residents whose deaths have been linked to the illness. The Wyoming Department of Health announced the death Wednesday night, a few hours... Full story

 

Pandemic restrictions remain in place

With the peak of the pandemic expected to arrive in early May, Governor Mark Gordon has reminded the public that it’s vital to stay the course. Wyoming is lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of its COVID-19 timeline, he said last week.... Full story

 

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