By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Business magazine Forbes has declared Wyoming one of the riskiest states to travel to during the pandemic because of the alarming rise in coronavius cases.
Wyoming was ranked fourth in the list of 10 riskiest states, behind South and North Dakota and Iowa, respectively. Forbes said the list would be useful in determining which states to avoid until the virus is “brought under control.”
Of the top four states, three did not have statewide mask mandates implemented. North Dakota just enacted one last week.
The risk factors for Wyoming also included the fact that there are 125 new cases of the virus diagnosed daily per 100,000 people, as well as the fact that, according to Forbes, 43.4% of coronavirus tests are positive.
Forbes also noted Gov. Mark Gordon’s Friday news conference in which he raised his voice and called some people “knuckleheads” for not following precautions to prevent the spread of the illness.
“Since the start of the pandemic, Gordon has soft-pedaled the crisis by issuing recommendations rather than requirements. Instead of a statewide mandate, Gordon has kicked the can to local authorities,” the article said.
Other states in the list included Illinois, Wisconsin and Utah.