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111 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Monday; 216, Recoveries, 437 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases decreased by 96 to start the week. 

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 216 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases between Friday and Monday.

At the same time, the state reported 111 new laboratory-confirmed and nine new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 437 active cases.

Laramie County continues to have the highest number of active cases at 178; Sweetwater had 55; Campbell had 41; Natrona 34; Uinta 25; Albany 21; Park 15; Fremont 14; Sheridan 11; Teton eight; Goshen seven; Johnson six; Converse and Platte five;  Carbon, Crook, Hot Springs, Sublette and Weston two, and  Lincoln and Niobrara had one case each.

Big Horn and Washakie counties had no active cases as of Monday.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 61,234 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 60,072 have recovered.

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Gordon Details Plan for Spending Federal COVID Funds

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Gov. Mark Gordon has broken the framework of spending federal coronavirus-related funds into two categories: survive and drive.

Gordon wants to ensure the federal funds are spent in a strategic manner in order to maximize benefits to the state.

“We have the opportunity to use these funds to help shape the Wyoming of the future and make our state an even more desirable place to live, work and visit,” Gordon said. “We have identified some critical areas where we should focus our efforts, and which will maximize the opportunity that we have before us. Since it is our great-grandchildren who will be paying for this government funding, it is that generation that deserves to benefit from it.”

In the “survive” phase, several immediate problems were identified that will be addressed with the remaining CARES Act dollars or other available federal funds, which include funding to address increased needs for mental health and substance abuse services; tax relief for businesses; identifying underserved areas needing improved broadband connectivity; expanding camping at Wyoming State Parks to address overcrowding and increasing employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry through the Energy Rebound program. 

In the “drive” phase, several goals were identified for further study and planning. These included:

  • Strengthen Wyoming’s economy by activating new economic sectors and creating new jobs, as well as identifying ways to add value to Wyoming’s current businesses and core industries.
  • Create better alignment among workforce, economic development, and educational opportunities to achieve balance between available workforce and available employment opportunities.
  • Expand outdoor recreation and enhance wildlife populations.
  • Focused efforts to retain and attract working families and young adults to permanently live and raise families in Wyoming.
  • Promote and enhance Wyoming food supply, distribution, and markets.
  • Identify and complete necessary and beneficial infrastructure projects.

Gordon will continue working with his cabinet, policy staff and the strike team on planning and study efforts for each of the second phase’s goals.

Some areas are so complex and robust that the study/planning period may last well into next year.

In addition to this plan, the governor asked the Wyoming Department of Health to prepare its plan for continued COVID-19 response.

Gordon asked a team of key individuals to develop this strategy and they worked with the governor’s policy team, cabinet, and many stakeholders to develop a plan to best maximize the COVID-19-related federal funds in the near-term, mid-term and long-term.

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44 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Thursday; 501 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases decreased by 26 on Thurseay from Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 97 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 44 new laboratory-confirmed and 27 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 501 active cases.

Laramie County had the most active cases, with 170; Sweetwater had 61; Campbell 58; Natrona 38; Park 28; Uinta 27; Sheridan 23; Fremont 21; Albany 19; Platte 11; Teton eight; Carbon and Converse six; Crook, Johnson and Sublette four; Big Horn and Weston three; Goshen, Hot Springs and Lincoln two, and Niobrara had one,

Washakie County reported no active cases Thursday.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 61,012 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 59,786 have recovered.

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84 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Wednesday; 33 Recoveries, 527 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by 64 on Wednesday from Tuesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 33 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 84 new laboratory-confirmed and 13 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 527 active cases.

Laramie County has the most active cases, with 181; Sweetwater had 66; Campbell 61; Natrona 33; Park 27; Uinta 25; Albany 24; Fremont and Sheridan 22; Platte 14; Teton 10; Converse seven; Big Horn and Carbon six; Goshen and Johnson four; Crook, Lincoln and Weston three; Sublette and Washakie two, and Hot Springs and Niobrara had one active case each.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 60,941 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 59,689 have recovered.

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Wyo Legislator Drafting Bill to Ban COVID Vaccine Passports

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Casper representative is currently working on legislation that would ban “vaccine passports” in Wyoming, reinforcing an executive order issued by Gov. Mark Gordon last month.

Rep. Chuck Gray said on Monday afternoon that he was drafting a bill to ban vaccine passports on a state level, adding that this type of legislation also needs to be implemented at the federal level.

“The Governor’s Executive Order needs to be strengthened and a ban on vaccine passports needs to be placed in state and federal statute,” Gray wrote on social media, linking to a story from political website The Hill about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing a bill banning the passports.

Vaccine passports are documents required by businesses or government agencies as proof of a person being vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Last month, Gordon signed an executive order banning the passports, saying they would just continue to divide people about the virus.

“Vaccine passport programs have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized,” Gordon said at the time. “They would divide our citizens at a time when unity in fighting the virus is essential, and harm those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine. While I strongly encourage Wyomingites over the age of 16 to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it is a personal choice based upon personal circumstances.”

The directive also encouraged Wyoming’s counties, cities and towns, as well as private business, to follow the state’s example in providing access to public spaces and services to all.

This followed the actions of other Republican governors across the country, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who issued similar orders over the last two months.

Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets of Nebraska said the idea of any type of medical passport “violates two central tenets of the American system: freedom of movement and health care privacy.”

Gray did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

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50 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Tuesday; 80 Recoveries, 463 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases decreased by 14 on Tuesday from Monday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 80 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 50 new laboratory-confirmed and 21 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 463 active cases.

Laramie County continued to have the highest number of active cases at 161; Sweetwater had 51; Campbell 48; Park 32; Uinta 29; Natrona 27; Sheridan 21; Fremont 20; Platte 13; Albany 11; Teton 10; Big Horn nine; Carbon six; Goshen, Johnson and Sublette four; Weston three; Converse, Crook, Hot Springs and Lincoln two, while Niobrara and Washakie had one case each.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 60,844 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 59,656 have recovered.

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129 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Monday; 477 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases decreased by 54 to start the week.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 204 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases between Friday and Monday.

At the same time, the state reported 129 new laboratory-confirmed and 21 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 477 active cases Monday.

Laramie County had the highest number of active cases at with 161; Sweetwater had 64; Campbell 47; Natrona 34; Park 33; Uinta 31; Fremont 19; Sheridan 17; Platte 14; Albany 12; Big Horn and Teton eight; Carbon seven; Johnson four; Converse, Goshen and Weston three; Lincoln, Sublette and Washakie two, and Crook, Hot Springs and Niobrara had one case each.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 60,773 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 59,576 have recovered.

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Gordon: No Special Session This Summer

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

There will be no special legislative session this summer for the Wyoming Legislature to decide how to spend federal coronavirus funds, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Friday.

Gordon and legislative leaders announced that instead, they will work with a special “strike team” formed by Gordon to develop a plan on how to best spend the fund. Gordon will then present that plan to the Legislature later this month.

The state has received $534 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to date, but another $534 million is anticipated to come sometime next year. The state also has until Dec. 31, 2024 to obligate the ARPA money and until Dec. 31, 2026 to spend it.

Gordon said he wants to develop a thoughtful, purposeful, transparent and strategic approach to handling ARPA funds. 

“These are dollars borrowed by Congress from many generations yet to come, and if we are going to use them, in my mind, those future generations that will be paying for them must also benefit from them,” Gordon said.  “ARPA funds, if we are to use them, must be for the greater benefit of Wyoming citizens, not for a few shiny distractions.” 

Gordon has assembled a team to better identify what the state needs to do to survive and what can be done to better drive to a future where all of Wyoming can thrive. 

Gordon anticipated directing a fraction of the federal funds already provided to the state to address emergency funding needs this year. 

For the use of the remainder of the federal funds, Gordon identified the following enduring funding criteria:

  •   Have a long-term impact or a return on investment 
  •   Not replenish budget cuts unless the replenishment can be sustained 
  •   Be sustainable and not add to the State’s ongoing financial responsibilities 
  •   Support stimulus over relief 
  •   Where possible, leverage the dollars through matching or buy-in programs  
  •   Create capacity for the future 
  •   Benefit a wide group of citizens 

To make sure that the criteria are met, Gordon and the Legislature’s presiding officers said a collaboration among legislators and the public will be important going forward. 

“The federal law provides ample time to be methodical in determining our priorities,”  said House Speaker Eric Barlow R-Gillette. “We can use this time to take public testimony, have robust discussions among the legislative membership to develop legislative priorities fully and thoughtfully, and to collaborate with the executive and judicial branches to determine the best and highest uses of ARPA funds.” 

“A product developed with months of deliberation will be significantly better than any legislation compiled in a few days of hearings and a week-long special session,” said Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton. “We can utilize our standard budget hearing and standing committee processes to allocate these funds in a conservative manner during the 2022 Budget Session.” 

Gordon, Barlow and Dockstader said the federal money will not be used this year to reduce the state’s spending on schools and local governments. However, the state’s share of those costs in the 2022-24 biennium may be reduced because of the infusion of ARPA funds.

Gordon will present the initial recommendations for emergency uses of ARPA funds developed by his team to the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee on June 15.

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89 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Thursday; 94 Recoveries, 527 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by 15 on Thursday from Wednesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports of 94 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 89 new laboratory-confirmed and 21 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 527 active cases.

Laramie County continued to have the highest number of active cases at reports the most number of active cases, with 135; Sweetwater had 76; Campbell 61; Natrona 45; Uinta 33; Park 32; Albany 30; Sheridan 29; Fremont 27; Platte 15; Johnson eight; Teton seven; Big Horn and Crook five; Goshen four; Lincoln, Sublette and Weston three; Converse and Washakie two, and Hot Springs and Niobrara one.

Carbon County had no active cases as of Thursday.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 60,543 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

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40 New Coronavirus Cases In Wyoming Wednesday; 14 Recoveries, 512 Active

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By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus cases increased by 54 on Wednesday from Tuesday.

Wyoming Department of Health figures showed that the department received reports Tuesday of 14 new recoveries among those with confirmed or probable cases.

At the same time, the state reported 40 new laboratory-confirmed and 29 new probable cases, leaving Wyoming with 512 active cases.

Laramie County continues to top the state for active cases with 137; Sweetwater had 83; Campbell 58; Natrona 39; Fremont 32; Albany 31; Park 30; Uinta 25; Sheridan 24; Platte nine; Teton seven; Big Horn, Crook, and Goshen six; Johnson five; Converse, and Weston three; Lincoln, Sublette and Washakie two, and Hot Springs and Niobrara had one.

Carbon County had no active cases as of Tuesday.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 60,433 the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus since the first case was detected in Wyoming in March 2020.

Of those, 59,201 have recovered.

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