The Rock Springs Police Department expressed frustration on Friday over individuals failing to heed the recommendations of Gov. Mark Gordon to practice social distancing and stay home.
The police, in a Facebook post, cited a one-car accident last week involving four teenagers who were not related as an example of people not paying attention to the governor’s recommendation to stay home.
“The Rock Springs Police Department continues to observe that citizens are breaking the governor’s orders to social distance and stay home,” the post reads. “It is apparent many have not taken the COVID-19 situation as seriously as it really is.”
“Despite Sweetwater County only having three confirmed cases to date, it is unknown how many are actually infected. It is important to note that not all infected person readily show the symptoms, however they can still spread COVID,” it reads.
As of Sunday afternoon, Sweetwater County had five coronavirus cases.
Wyoming is one of nine states that does not have a “stay-at-home” order.
Gordon, in a press conference on Friday, said existing edicts he has issued, which includes closing schools and some businesses and prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, were sufficient and an example of “Wyoming values.”
“Our orders talk less and say more,” he said.
The governor said he and the medical community are united.
“Stay at home, wash your hands, maintain six feet of distance between yourselves, only go to the store as an individual – not as a group – do not congregate in groups of more than 10, and if you (run) a store, for heaven’s sake, don’t allow shoppers to mingle in the aisles or checkout lines,” he said.