Governor Extends Health Orders Again

Governor Mark Gordon
Governor Mark Gordon

Governor Mark Gordon announced Tuesday that Wyoming’s Public Health Orders have been extended for an additional two weeks until at least Sept. 30, according to a press release. This is the twelfth such continuation of health orders since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The Governor stated he wants to gauge the impacts of the Labor Day holiday and the opening of K-12 schools before relaxing health orders further.

There was one change in the order: restrictions on indoor close-contact group activities and sports have now been lifted. Michael Pearlman, communications director for Governor Gordon, said Tuesday that this removes the prohibition against indoor sports such as basketball, hockey and wrestling.

Indoor gatherings are still limited to 50 people in all circumstances, or up to 250 if social distancing and sanitation measures are in place.

Restrictions on outdoor gatherings were relaxed in August, allowing football and other outdoor contact sports to commence. There have been very few issues resultant from the resumption of outdoor contact sports, according to the release.

Outdoor gatherings are still limited to no more than 50% of venue capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people, provided that social distancing and sanitation measures are incorporated.

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“Wyoming has really held its own; Schools are open, and sports are being played on Fridays and Saturdays,” Governor Gordon said. “We want to be careful to avoid going backwards and losing the high ground we hold. Steady progress beats the alternative, which would be devastating to our businesses, our schools and our citizens.”

The latest figures from the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) list 3,762 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 676 probable cases.

Campbell County has had 190 total lab-confirmed cases to date, with 33 additional probable cases. There have been two new lab-confirmed cases in the past 24 hours. There have been 205 recoveries in the county, including 174 recoveries of lab-confirmed patients and 31 probable case recoveries.