Coronavirus In Wyoming: Resources & News

Wyoming Public Media is here to keep you current on the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. 

Updated 3/08/21 3:00 p.m.

Over the weekend, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported an increase of 139 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. There are 458 active cases and Wyoming has had 54,903 cases of COVID-19 in the state since March 2020. According to the latest self-reported hospital data, 19 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in the state.

So far, WDH has received 124,220 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 81,725 of the second dose. WDH has reported administering almost 81 percent of the first dose of vaccines and nearly 73 percent of the second dose.

Here are the numbers of lab-confirmed total cases broken down by county from highest to lowest: Laramie 6,989; Natrona 5,787; Campbell 4,205; Fremont 4,135; Sweetwater 3,707; Albany 3,533; Teton 3,319; Park 2,473; Sheridan 2,409; Uinta 1,754; Carbon 1,358; Lincoln 1,076; Goshen 1,065; Big Horn 884; Washakie 696; Sublette 550; Weston 527; Converse 510; Johnson 420; Platte 393; Crook 386; Hot Springs 267; and Niobrara 67.

Since March 2020, 53,763 people have recovered from the virus. There have been 682 coronavirus related deaths in the state.

(Commercial labs are required to report positive test results to WDH; negative results are not reported consistently.)

Wyoming's Vaccine Plan

Wyoming has chosen to give each county the ability to control it's COVID-19 vaccine roll out. The federal government has allotted a certain amount of vaccine doses to Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Health has taken that number and rationed it out to each county by population. The department of health has taken the general federal roll out guidelines and amended them to the state as needed. This has resulted with three priority groups.

Each local county health department is in charge of the vaccine roll out for their communities. This means counties are moving at different speeds down the priority groups. To find more information about where your county is at with the vaccine roll out, go to your counties public health department's website.

​State Orders -- Updated March 8th, 2021

Governor Mark Gordon announced that both the statewide mask mandate and all restrictions on restaurants, bars, theatres and gyms will end on March 16th. The face covering protocol for K-12 schools will however remain in place.

On February 25th, Governor Mark Gordon announced the easing of several health restrictions and the removal of one, due to improving metrics around the state.

Starting March 1st, Public Health Order #3 for personal care services, such as salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, etc., will be eliminated. Those businesses will however need to continue to comply with the statewide mask protocol.

Changes to Public Health Order#1 include easing restrictions on restaurants and theaters.

  • Groups of ten will now be permitted to sit together, up from eight.

  • Buffets and self-service will be allowed.

  • Staff screening logs and signage requirements will be relaxed.

The order that pertains to gatherings and events, also known as Public Health order #2 will increase attendance limits.

  • Gatherings (without required distancing between groups) are limited to 50 individuals. That was 25 previously.

  • Indoor events may allow up to 25% of venue capacity with a maximum of 1,000 people (up from 500). Groups of up to ten will now be permitted to sit together, up from eight.

  • Outdoor events may allow up to 50% of venue capacity with a maximum of 2,000 people. That's up from 1,000. Groups of up to ten will now be permitted to sit together, up from eight.

  • Participants in organized sporting events and artistic performances shall not congregate in groups larger than 50 individuals. That's up from 25.

The Wyoming State Health Officer has issued the following public health orders:

The Wyoming Department of Health is requiring face coverings that cover the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face in indoor public places. This includes businesses (commercial or retail) that employ or engage workers or volunteers. The face covering needs to be worn when in line to enter any public institution, obtain services at healthcare operations and when waiting for or riding on public transportation. This order does not apply to anyone under twelve years of age.

The public health orders also restrict other public gathering areas, including movie theatres, performance venues, as well as churches, faith-based organizations, and funeral homes. For more details to each of the restrictions, please see links to public health orders above.

The prohibition does not apply to gatherings at private residences, hotels and motels for lodging purposes, government facilities and businesses, grocery stores and retail or business establishments that can provide adequate social distance spacing of 6 feet or more. Healthcare facilities are also exempt, as are long-term care and assisted living facilities that are complying with Wyoming Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control directives.

On June 16, 2020 the Wyoming Department of Health announced it will now allow in-person visits at long-term care facilities, but under specific guidelines. Visits will only take place in a designated outdoor space, and will be limited to two visitors at a time. Also, visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and they'll have to wear a face covering, while staff and residents will need to wear a surgical face mask. Additionally, a facility staff member trained in patient safety and infection control measures must remain with the resident at all times during the visit. As facilities decide whether or not to allow visits, WDH is asking them to consider local conditions.

Wyoming Public Media would like to thank and recognize all health care workers, doctors, nurses caregivers, grocery store workers, truck drivers, and delivery workers during the global pandemic.

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Ways to Connect

Polls show Americans are increasingly interested in getting vaccinated against covid-19, but such surveys are largely national, leaving a big question: When the vaccines become available to the general public, will enough people get it in your county, city or neighborhood to keep your community safe?

Last week, Texas joined Montana and a handful of other states in lifting its statewide mask mandate, a move that runs counter to warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon will remove the statewide mask requirement starting on March 16. In a press release sent out Monday morning, Gordon also announced he would lift all restrictions on bars, restaurants, theaters, and gyms, allowing them to resume normal operations on that same date.

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Should the legislature be allowed to regulate statewide public health orders? 

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The Wyoming Senate's Health and Labor committee voted 3-2 to limit the power of the governor and public health officials regarding a public health order.

Health officials hope the newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine will accelerate progress in vaccinating rural and homebound residents in the Mountain West. But there’s some unnecessary confusion over the shot’s efficacy.

Vaccine appointment frustration is pretty common these days. And because of challenges with hospital systems, a lot of people are turning to pharmacies to get their COVID-19 vaccine. However, it's still a pain to track down information on every pharmacy's website.


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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon said the state of the state is good, despite a difficult financial year thanks to COVID-19. During his annual address, Gordon said the damage of the virus will last a long time.

Over the weekend, the FDA approved a third COVID-19 vaccine. The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe disease, promises to boost inoculation rates in Mountain West states, including rural areas. 

Bob Beck

The Wyoming Senate is debating a bill that's intended to protect businesses from liability if someone is exposed to COVID-19 in their establishment.

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Wyoming's legislature meets next week and among the topics will be education spending and budget cuts. Gov. Mark Gordon joined Bob Beck to talk about a number of things including some of the budget challenges the state is facing.

Wyoming Department of Health

Gov. Mark Gordon announced he has relaxed several public health orders, as well as the complete removal of one. The changes will go into effect on March 1.

Going The Distance For Vaccines In The Mountain West

Feb 25, 2021

Diane Huntress, 74, lives in Denver and says trying to get a COVID shot for her and her husband David is like applying for a job.

“I can't talk to anyone," she said. "There's no phone number and all the emails we get say, ‘Do not reply.’ And the problem is, where can I go, can I get there, and when are they going to have it?”

She says vaccines take up all the oxygen among her social circle, too: "I can't see anybody, an acquaintance on Zoom without the question, ‘Have you gotten the vaccine yet?’”

Latino and Black people are generally more vulnerable to COVID-19, yet they remain far less likely to have received a vaccine, according to the latest demographic data from the CDC.

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The Centers for Disease Control has said proper ventilation in indoor settings can cut down the spread of COVID-19. But how can you tell whether a space is in fact well ventilated?

Updated at 6:45 p.m. ET

President Biden and Vice President Harris acknowledged a grim milestone Monday: the deaths of more than 500,000 Americans from COVID-19.

Biden and Harris, along with first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, emerged from the White House at sundown. They stood at the foot of the South Portico, covered in 500 candles honoring the dead, and listened to a Marine Corps band play "Amazing Grace" as they held a moment of silence.

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