By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
Visitors to Wyoming from other states were ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days on Friday as Gov. Mark Gordon extended the statewide order closing schools and some businesses until the end of April.
Gordon and Dr. Alexia Harrist, in a news release, said the quarantine order would apply to any out-of-state visitor in Wyoming for non-work purposes.
“We know that travel from another state or country is a source of COVID-19 infections in Wyoming,” Gordon said. “Visitors from neighboring states have strained the resources of many Wyoming communities so we are asking them to do the right thing to protect the health of our citizens and resources of our rural health care facilities.”
The orders were issued as the number of coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased by nine Friday morning to total 162.
The state has issued three statewide orders aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. One closed schools and businesses likely to draw more than 10 people, such as bars and theaters, one closed businesses that provide personal services, such as hair salons and tattoo parlors, and the third prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people.
Gordon said he and Harrist decided to extend the orders from April 17 to April 30 because of the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state.
“We are seeing community transmission of COVID-19 occur around the state and we will continue to see more confirmed cases in the weeks to come,” he said. “This action will help lower the rate of transmission and protect both our health care system and the health care workers we all rely on.”