Coronavirus In Wyoming: Resources & News

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

Updated 4/16/21 3:30 p.m.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 64 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on Friday. There are currently 461 active cases, while the state's total COVID-19 case count is over 57,000. According to the latest self-reported hospital data, 24 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus in the state. The state's death toll is 703.

So far, WDH has received 213,460 first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and 168,595 of the second dose. WDH has reported administering 76 percent of the first dose of vaccines and 73 percent of the second dose. Additionally, WDH has received 25,100 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine and administered 39 percent of those. More than 133,000 people in the state have been fully vaccinated.

Here are the numbers of lab-confirmed total cases broken down by county from highest to lowest: Laramie 7,413; Natrona 5,885; Fremont 4,306; Campbell 4,289; Sweetwater 3,959; Albany 3,678; Teton 3,611; Park 2,512; Sheridan 2,457; Uinta 1,834; Carbon 1,399; Lincoln 1,176; Goshen 1,089; Big Horn 908; Washakie 704; Sublette 607; Weston 545; Converse 514; Johnson 425; Platte 404; Crook 395; Hot Springs 270; and Niobrara 67.

Since March of last year, 56,103 people have recovered from the virus.

(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 16th, 2021

Starting March 16th, the statewide mask mandate (Public Health Order #4) and all restrictions on restaurants, bars, theatres and gyms (Public Health Order #1) were lifted. The face covering protocol for K-12 schools will however remain in place.

Limitations on personal gatherings and restrictions on outdoor events (Public Health Order #2) have been removed. However, for large indoor events for more than 500 people, may only be held at 50 percent of venue capacity with certain face mask protocols.

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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Department of Defense photo by Lisa Ferdinando

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. 

 

Mt. Sinai Congregation

There's no doubt that religious holidays and festivals have looked and felt different ever since the pandemic hit. As it continues into this year, the Jewish spring festival, Passover, will follow suit.

It's been a traumatic year. The pandemic. Social justice protests in response to police brutality. An insurrection at the nation's capital. Now our nation is dealing with two mass shootings.

Wyoming Legislature

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.

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


Inside the Wyoming State Capitol Building
Bob Beck

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.

Taylar Dawn Stagner

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.

Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS

How are you coping with the pandemic?

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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.

A new campaign is putting pressure on Facebook to combat Spanish-language misinformation.

Wyoming Legacy Meats

Back in 2019, Valerie Murray's business, Murraymere Farms in Powell, was doing really well.

"We were able to send some of our beef over to a five star restaurant," said Murray. "And the demand became huge. And we were shipping approximately about 20 head of primals, just the primal cuts, a month over to Taiwan."

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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.

Bethann Garramon Merkle and Anna Nellis Smith


Communicating science is important, especially when it saves lives like in the COVID-19 pandemic. But it's difficult to do when words mean different things to scientists versus the public.

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