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County Health Officers Join Ranks to Ask Governor for Mask Mandate

Governor Mark Gordon

Governor Mark Gordon addressed the public detailing the state's response to the ongoing pandemic during a COVID-19 press conference earlier this year.

County health officers from around the state, including Campbell County, have formally joined forces to ask Governor Mark Gordon to recommend a statewide mask ordinance in the wake of soaring COVID-19 numbers throughout Wyoming.

In a letter addressed to the Governor on Oct. 31, health officers from all counties said they were united in recommending a state-wide mask ordinance with the hope of preventing spread of the virus.

This follows, the letter stated, calls between the health officers on Oct. 22 and 29, with sign off from the Wyoming Medical Society in their quarterly trustees meeting.

They asked to bypass the mechanism allowing for each county to make their own determination on whether to impose a mask mandate, arguing it would take much longer and would be less effective if some counties chose not to impose the mandate.

“We feel that a statewide mandate sends a more powerful and effective message in a more timely manner,” the letter states. “With the recent dramatic increase of cases and hospitalizations, expedited implementation is paramount.”

Governor Gordon has not yet responded to the letter but will be holding a press conference this morning at 10 a.m., which will be live streamed on County 17.

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The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.