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Updated health orders begin April 1

CCHS Principal Jason Garman waits for students to return from lunch, hoping they may need a mask.

CCHS Principal Jason Garman waits for students to return from lunch holding extra masks last year.

The two remaining statewide public health orders related to COVID-19 are being updated with minor changes as the pandemic continues, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

“We continue to see stable case numbers in most places along with fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, in a March 26 press release. “Because COVID-19 is still around and our vaccine campaign is ongoing we need to continue with some precautions in our orders, especially related to schools and large events.

More than 162,000 Wyomingites have already received at least their first dose of vaccine, per WDH. Those numbers include both state and special federal counts.

While mask use will still be required in schools, room capacity limitations at schools are being removed and social distancing guidelines while wearing masks have been loosened alongside updated Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) metrics.

Also beginning April 1, indoor events of more than 500 people are being permitted at 50% of venue capacity with certain face mask protocols for large indoor events in place, per the release.

WDH recommends the continued use of face masks in indoor public places and when common-sense physical distancing cannot be maintained among people who don’t live in the same household.

Updated public health orders will remain in effect April 1 – 15.

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.