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If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

Maggie Mullen

Inside Eastridge Shopping Mall in Casper, Wyoming was once a Macy's. And signs of that department store life remain — a lot of mirrors, the old beauty department counter, and what used to be changing rooms to try on the latest fashions. Now, this building is a well-oiled, pandemic-fighting machine, with no customers.

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A new study suggests that Americans drink too many sugary beverages, and Wyomingites are some of the biggest culprits.

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A bill passed during this year's legislative session requires the Department of Health to consult with affected stakeholders as it develops a redesign plan for the state-funded behavioral health system.

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Mid March, the Wyoming Department of Health noticed health information had been released to the public. An employee mistakenly uploaded files containing COVID-19, influenza, and breath alcohol test results data to a public online storage location belonging to

This released over 164,000 Wyoming residents and others health information.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is easing restrictions on one of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction.

That medication is buprenorphine, and the change makes it so healthcare professionals don’t have to get extra training to offer the medication to as many as 30 patients with opioid addiction.

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Since the start of the pandemic, some Wyoming residents and business owners have indicated that state officials, especially the Governor and the state health officer, had a heavy handed approach to health orders.

Before the pandemic hit, not many people knew each county had a public health officer or what they did exactly. Natrona County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Dowell has been in that position since the late 1990s.

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This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on how the pandemic may have changed things. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with Brittni Frederiksen, a senior policy analyst for the foundation. She said one thing that really shifted — more women are getting certain kinds of care from home.

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Vanessa Hoene was seven months pregnant a year ago with her first child. But in April 2020, the pandemic was spreading in Wyoming.

Federal health officials are recommending a “pause” in the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six women who received it reported developing a rare blood clotting disorder.

The U.S. hasn’t contained COVID-19, but all of these public health precautions have certainly done a number on the flu.

The White House recently announced that it would not create a federal “vaccine passport” requirement, or proof that you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Even so, leaders in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah have rejected such requirements, using everything from denunciations to executive orders to planned legislation.

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The Wyoming Legislature has approved a bill that changes how health orders are issued. It gives the governor and county commissioners power to approve extended health orders in a pandemic.

Amid a national rise in COVID-19 cases, Colorado is the latest Mountain West state to ease its mask mandate.

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement issued April 2 that the loosening of a mask order is “a step toward the light at the end of the tunnel.” It eases restrictions for Colorado counties with low transmission rates. The change comes as the state opens up vaccinations to all people over 16.

This week, federal officials issued dire warnings of a potential fourth wave of coronavirus cases and deaths if Americans let their guards down. President Joe Biden urged governors to maintain or reinstate mask mandates to ward off a surge.

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Once again, the Wyoming legislature has rejected Medicaid expansion. Despite testimony providing overwhelming support for the measure and some federal aid to encourage more states to adopt the program, the Senate Labor and Health Committee voted three to two against the bill.

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All Wyoming residents ages 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

This is the second in a two-part series about the vaccine rollout in Indian Country. Part one looks at the success of the rollout on rural reservations.



This is the first in a two-part series about the vaccine rollout in Indian Country. Part two looks at the challenges of vaccinating our region's urban Native population. 


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The Wyoming House of Representatives has killed a bill that would have set up a taskforce to study the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill would have put together lawmakers, county and tribal representatives, alongside people from the education, business and health care sectors to study how the state handled challenges brought on by COVID-19.

A new study shows that listening to nature could have significant health benefits.  

As health officials battle vaccine hesitancy and a reluctance to follow safety guidelines, they could turn to employers for help. 

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The Wyoming House of Representatives voted to send two bills dealing with abortion to the Senate.

One bill would outlaw abortions performed for discriminatory reasons, like the fetus having a disability or its race or gender.

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A bill that gives more power to elected officials when it comes to public health orders has passed the House.

The measure requires county commissioners to sign off on the extension of a local order after ten days, while the governor would do the same regarding a statewide order.

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The Wyoming House of Representatives has given final approval to a bill that would expand Medicaid in the state and provide health care coverage to an estimated 25,000 people.

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Strengthening Our Generations is run by the Northern Arapaho Tribe and is part of Wind River Cares. Donna Trosper is supervisor for the group, which has been focusing on getting food, clothes, and other supplies to the transient community on the Wind River Indian Reservation, especially during the pandemic.

The Wyoming House of Representatives is debating a bill that would limit public health orders to ten days and require elected officials to agree to extend the order.

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COVID-19 vaccinations in the state have been proceeding at different rates in every county. Albany County is currently on Group 1C, which includes journalists. Wyoming Public Radio's Ivy Engel takes us along to her first vaccine appointment.

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More than 530,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19. And that includes close to 700 Wyomingites. In our series to honor their lives, Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with Lacey Petersen, the granddaughter of longtime Sundance resident Marlene Cooper. Cooper died from the coronavirus in November 2020. Petersen starts by remembering her 86-year-old grandmother's early years in Sundance.