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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Ways to Connect

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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.

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Gains in air quality had been hailed as a silver lining amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to new data out this week, those improvements in the U.S. were negated by last summer's wildfire smoke.

We’re a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while vaccines are finally making the rounds, there’s a lot we’ve been missing. Members of our Mountain West News Bureau bring you this audio collage about what they’ve been missing.

The wind and solar industries made historic gains last year. Both reached new highs in energy production and capacity in 2020.


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On March 20, the Wind River Family and Community Health Care is holding another mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Riverton. To bring people in, the clinic is entering everyone who gets vaccinated in a drawing for gift cards.

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Gov. Mark Gordon announced last week that most statewide health restrictions would be lifted. He cited a drop in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as encouraging data.

Mask usage is still highly recommended by the Wyoming Department of Health indoors and when proper social distancing can't be maintained.

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming Senate has narrowly passed the bill that would establish a taskforce to evaluate the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dissatisfaction with how Wyoming handled the pandemic has reached the legislature. Bills and budget amendments have been crafted to remove the power of the state health officer and to put legislators and county commissioners into the driver's seat.

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming Senate has advanced a bill that would create a taskforce to review the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The taskforce would include lawmakers and members of the business, education, health care, tribal and local government communities. All but the lawmakers would be appointed by the governor.

Updated March 11, 2021 at 9:34 PM ET

President Biden is aiming for the country to begin to find a degree of normalcy and begin to move on from the coronavirus pandemic by the July Fourth holiday, Biden announced in his first prime-time address Thursday night from the White House on the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming Senate passed a bill that would create legislative oversight for public health orders.

The bill was amended since its introduction, and now would require the legislature to approve any public health measure that goes beyond 60 days.

 

Most students enrolled half-time or more in college typically aren't eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), sometimes known as food stamps. But temporary changes to the federal program are allowing some low-income students to take advantage during the pandemic.

President Joe Biden is expected to sign the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law on Friday. It includes the largest ever one-time federal investment in Indian Country, with $20 billion in direct aid to tribal governments, and another $11 billion set aside for federal Indian programs.
 

The aid comes as many tribal nations in the Mountain West are struggling to stay afloat.

Wyoming Legislature

The Wyoming House Corporations Committee voted to advance a bill that would place limits on the power of public health officers.

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?

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