Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon says despite calls to reopen businesses he prefers to take a more conservative approach as Wyoming approaches the COVID-19 peak for the state.
He speaks to Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck about his thoughts on keeping people isolated, dealing with an economic downturn, and what's in store for the state.
As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps most people cooped up at home, ranchers are in a unique position to mostly continue with the status quo. In fact, it might even be a little bit better as they have kids at home to help with the numerous spring chores. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim talks to two families who are navigating the balance of ranch and school work.
More than 500 tribal casinos are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. And that means many tribal governments have lost their primary source of revenue. Joseph Kalt with Harvard University’s Project on American Indian Economic Development spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Savannah Maher this week. He said the pandemic could set back 30 years of economic progress brought forth by tribal gaming.
Nationally New York, South Dakota and many other states are experiencing an overwhelming number of COVID-19 patients. But Wyoming isn’t projected to reach its peak number of coronavirus cases until early May. So while small, rural hospitals wait for an influx of those people, they are preparing to try to make sure they have all the resources they need to keep them alive. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska reports.
In this time of COVID-19, relatively routine tasks and procedures have become a little more scary. And that includes something like childbirth. Typically, expected mothers would have a lot of face to face interaction with her doctor. But times have changed. Wyoming Public Radio’s Naina Rao explains.
So many of the things we had all hoped to do this spring are canceled. And we grieve those things, big and small. But grief can fester, or it can air. So Wyoming Public Radio set up a voicemail for you to give air to your grief. And you answered—with dozens of replies, messages, and voicemails. Listen to the voices of Wyoming residents reflecting on what they've lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With most public spaces still closed across the state until April 30th, people in the performing arts are doing what they do best—getting creative. Wyoming Public Radio’s Megan Feighery has more on how the arts are adapting during the pandemic.
Traditionally, spring is a time for transformation, take college students. Say a freshman who’s now used to living away from home. Or a senior getting ready to graduate and begin a new chapter in their life. But things look different this year. Wyoming Public Radio’s Maggie Mullen spoke with two college students about a changed reality and an experience cut short.