Gov. Mark Gordon on Friday declared a state of emergency for Wyoming in the face of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
Gordon said the declaration would allow the state to move more quickly to activate the Wyoming National Guard if necessary and allow state businesses to apply for federal funding from the Small Business Administration.
“Although we have only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wyoming, I have taken this action to ensure we are prepared in the event additional steps need to be taken,” Gordon said. “We continue to be most concerned about our state’s elderly and vulnerable populations and want to ensure we are taking all necessary steps to address what we may face going forward.
The order was issued shortly after President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency because of the virus.
Gordon’s order directed the state Health Department, Adjutant General and Office of Homeland Security to take all necessary steps to provide assistance where it may be needed to protect public health, safety and welfare.