Gordon Tells Lincoln County Republicans That He Won’t Shut Down State Again

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Despite a growing number of active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across the state, Gov. Mark Gordon won’t shut down the state again, he told the Lincoln County Republican Party this week.

According to a social media post from the Lincoln County group, Gordon stopped in Afton this week for a meet-and-greet with members. During their meeting, he said he had no intention of shutting down the state again.

While the governor might not be implementing statewide health restrictions, many organizations across Wyoming are asking people to mask up again due to the continued spread of the Delta variant of the virus.

For example, the University of Wyoming will implement a mask mandate until at least Sept. 20.

All state health mandates officially ended May 31, when the final order for K-12 students across the state to wear masks while in school expired.

Wyoming had a relatively shorter shutdown than most states in the nation last year, with businesses being closed from mid-March until early May, although some restrictions were still in place, such as limiting groups to no more than 10 people.

As of Wednesday, the state had more than 1,800 active coronavirus cases and 102 people hospitalized due to the virus. Wyoming has not had more than 100 patients hospitalized since mid-January.

Wyoming’s coronavirus vaccination rate is just under 34%.

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