Governor Extends Health Orders, Allots Funding for Free COVID-19 Testing

Governor Mark Gordon has extended current COVID-19 public health orders through the end of October, according to an Oct. 14 press release from the Governor’s office Wednesday.

The last time the governor eased restrictions to any degree was mid-September, when it was announced that indoor close-contact group activities would be allowed, with a 50-person limit in all circumstances, or up to 250 people if social distancing guidelines are followed. Outdoor gatherings are still limited to 50% of venue capacity or 1,000 people. There is no statewide mask mandate at present.

The release cites a surge in cases over the past four weeks that has seen Wyoming’s numbers climb to 6,914 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an additional 1,263 probable cases as the impetus for keeping public health restrictions in place. Over the past two weeks, Wyoming has averaged 119 new lab-confirmed cases per day, and 5% of the tests administered over that period have returned positive results.

Gordon also announced that he has utilized funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to purchase 75,000 at-home COVID-19 saliva tests that will be offered free to any Wyoming resident, according to the release.

The test, manufactured by Vault Health, will allow residents to conduct the test at home without the need to see a healthcare provider. The typical testing fee of $150 has been waived for all kits shipped to and from a Wyoming address, with shipping prepaid.

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Those interested are encouraged to visit www.vaulthealth.com/covid to order a collection kit.

An internet connection is needed, as the sample collection is done under the supervision of an online Vault test supervisor. Results are available within 48 hours of the lab receiving the sample, according to the governor’s office.

As of Thursday morning, there have now been 467 lab-confirmed cases of the virus in Campbell County, with 20 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. There are 43 additional probable cases. Two deaths in the county have been attributed to the virus. There have been 371 recoveries among virus patients, with 337 of those among lab-confirmed cases and 34 among probables. There are 128 active cases in the county.

More information about the Vault at-home COVID-19 tests can be found on the WDH website.

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