Governor Clarifies Role of WYO National Guard


Governor Mark Gordon released a statement Friday stating that the role of the Wyoming National Guard (WNG) in assisting the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is limited to contact tracing only.

The governor announced during a press briefing on Oct. 5 that he was activating members of the Wyoming National Guard (WNG) to assist in contact tracing of individuals who test positive for the novel coronavirus. The Friday statement clarified that the role of WNG does not include any enforcement activities.

“In these challenging times, it’s critical that the citizens of Wyoming receive accurate information,” Governor Gordon said. “Contact tracing is a significant undertaking given the level of spread of COVID-19 right now. The Guard was selected to assist because they have qualified, well-trained individuals who could provide immediate assistance. The Department of Health is evaluating other long-term solutions that do not involve the Guard, but would allow them to keep up with demand.”

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Other states, including Utah, Arizona and Oklahoma have successfully pressed national guard troops into service in a similar manner, the governor said.

As of Friday afternoon, WDH is reporting 7,337 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide since the pandemic began, with an additional 1,328 probable cases. There have been 5,539 recoveries of lab-confirmed patients and 955 recoveries among probable cases. The virus is blamed for 57 deaths.

In Campbell County, there have now been 507 lab-confirmed cases in total, with 27 more patients confirmed in the past 24 hours. There are 44 cases listed as probable. There have been 400 total recoveries, with 365 of those among lab-confirmed cases and 44 among probable cases. There are 140 active cases in the county. There have been two deaths of Campbell County residents from the virus.