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Wyoming’s Economy At Risk Because Of Rising COVID Numbers, Gordon Says

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming is backsliding on taking the action needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and if the number of cases seen in the state continues to grow, the state’s economy could suffer, Gov. Mark Gordon said Monday.

Gordon, during his regular press briefing, said if the state continued its pace of seeing 98 new laboratory-confirmed cases per day, people would stop leaving their homes and contributing to economic growth.

“Here in Wyoming our diligence seemed to slide a little bit,” he said. “Now we have some very serious deterioration in conditions. That means fewer people are going to feel safe going out for supper, going to the store. That will slow our economic recovery. We need exactly the opposite to happen. We need people to feel comfortable going out.”

He added that the number of cases has grown so quickly — with 1,304 active cases recorded Monday — that he has directed the Wyoming National Guard to help the Wyoming Department of Health conduct contact tracing to track those who have been in contact with people who have the coronavirus. The Guard will help the department for 30 days, Gordon said.

Gordon did not say that more stringent public health orders might be restored if the state’s coronavirus cases continued to grow.

However, he did note that the state has relaxed most of its limits on activity, hoping Wyoming residents would continue to practice the steps recommended to stop the spread of coronavirus, such as social distancing, frequent washing of hands and wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible.

If those precautions are not followed, the state’s economy will go backward, he said.

Both Gordon and Dr. Alexia Harrist, the state’s public health officer, said the rapid growth in cases is putting a strain on the state’s hospitals. As of Monday, 36 coronavirus patients are in Wyoming hospitals, the highest number seen since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March.

“A big and very real worry is for the hospitals to be pushed beyond their limits,” Harrist said. “It is important to remember that many of Wyoming’s hospitals are small, with a limited number of beds for the most seriously ill patients.”

Harrist noted that no restrictions are in place for most activities in the state, now, but urged residents to take the proper precautions as they engage in activities.

“Everything is open in Wyoming right now,” she said. “There’s nothing you can’t do. The key is to be able to do them safely. Take those relatively simple precautions.”

Harrist also announced that the state has signed a contract with a private company to provide at-home coronavirus testing kits.

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114 New Coronavirus Cases in Wyoming; 1,304 Active

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming went up by 13 on Monday as the number of recoveries offset the number of new cases.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 114 new confirmed cases were reported in 20 counties on Monday, along with 11 new probable cases.

At the same time, however, the number of recoveries seen since the pandemic reached Wyoming grew by 112.

The end result was the state has 1,304 people still sick with the coronavirus.

Albany County had 265 active cases; Natrona had 169; Laramie had 134; Fremont had 117; Campbell had 91; Sheridan had 78; Lincoln had 74; Park had 58; Teton had 52; Converse had 44; Goshen had 35; Sweetwater had 31; Carbon had 29; Big Horn had 25; Sublette had 22; Platte had 20; Uinta had 18; Weston had 16; Washakie had nine; Crook had eight; Johnson had seven, and Hot Springs and Niobrara had one.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 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 department said all but three of the state’s counties reported new laboratory-confirmed cases Monday, with Albany County recording the largest case number increase at 22.

Only Crook, Hot Springs and Johnson had no new cases.

As of Monday, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases seen since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March was set at 5,660.The number of probable cases increased by 11 Monday to total 969 since the pandemic began.

At the same time, the number of people to have recovered from both confirmed and probable cases since mid-March went up by 112 on Monday to total 5,272.

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UW Could Close For Semester If COVID Cases Don’t Subside, President Says

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

University of Wyoming president Ed Seidel is warning students that if coronavirus cases continue to rise among university students and staff, in-person classes may end early for the semester.

“Simply stated, we all need to take action to keep a handle on the spread of COVID-19 among, primarily, our students,” Seidel said in an email to university students. “And if the case numbers continue rising at the current rate, we may have no choice but to bring an early end to on-campus instruction.”

The number of active coronavirus cases in Albany County is the highest in the state and a number of those cases are found among members of the university community.

According to the email from Seidel, the active cases among UW students and employees stood at 164 as of Friday, including 127 students living off-campus, 32 students living on-campus and five employees living off-campus. As of Sunday, Albany County had a total of 264 active cases.

Last week, the university’s wrestling team saw an outbreak of cases, as did the UW’s football team, where 11 freshman players tested positive for the illness.

Seidel noted that the active cases are surging high enough that the university’s quarantine housing is almost at capacity.

“While 31 were to be moved from ‘active’ to ‘recovered’ during the day, we have hit several of the thresholds in the set of indicators we’re using to monitor the virus, including increases in the seven-day rolling average of total cases, total cases per day over two consecutive days and the number of new symptomatic cases per day,” Seidel wrote.

Over the last couple weeks, the university has taken targeted steps to address infection clusters among certain student groups, which Seidel said seem to be working.

However, new infection clusters are popping up at apartment complexes both off campus and in campus housing.

“It’s clear there is significant community spread across the Laramie community,” the president said.

In another week or so, all university students will be required to submit to surveillance testing in a move aimed at preventing the spread of the illness. The tests used will use a technology that allows for a rapid reporting of results, Seidel said.

Students who live off-campus who haven’t submitted to a coronavirus test will not be allowed to attend in-person classes, use in-person student services or participate in activities unless and until they take a coronavirus test.

They can only return to campus beginning Oct. 12 and that’s only with a negative test result, Seidel said.

Under UW’s current testing program, all undergraduates on campus are supposed to be tested weekly, along with most faculty and staff members working on campus.

“This may seem to be a harsh action, but it really is not, when you consider what is at stake,” Seidel wrote. “Many of us were excited to learn about our plans to start UW’s football season Oct. 24…and to have an in-person experience, albeit different from most fall semesters, until Thanksgiving week.

“All of that is in jeopardy unless we change our trajectory, and change it quickly,” he added.

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Yellowstone Sees Surge In Employee Coronavirus Cases Over September

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

After seeing only four positive coronavirus cases all summer, Yellowstone National Park employees have seen an uptick in positive virus cases over the last month.

In September, 16 Yellowstone employees, 0.8% of the entire personnel at the park, tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an announcement from the park.

This includes seven National Park Service employees and nine concession workers. Eight of the 16 individuals have recovered and the other eight are in recovery.

All employees who have tested positive have been isolated per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and county public health guidelines.

In partnership with Montana and Wyoming, the park has substantially increased employee surveillance testing and has conducted more than 1,100 tests since the first week of September. More than 3,000 tests have been conducted since the park reopened in May.  

Contact tracing has occurred with the assistance of Park County, Montana and Park County, Wyoming.  

The park only had four positive employee cases between May 18 and Aug. 30.

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131 New Coronavirus Cases in Wyoming; 1,291 Active

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Editor’s Note: This is a map of the active coronavirus cases in each county across Wyoming. The number of active cases is determined by subtracting the total number of recoveries seen since the illness first reached Wyoming in mid-March from the total number of confirmed and probable cases diagnosed during the same time period and taking into account deaths related to the disease.

Wyoming’s active coronavirus case count continued moving up Sunday as every county but three reported new confirmed cases.

Figures from the Wyoming Department of Health’s daily coronavirus update showed the number of active coronavirus cases was 1,291 on Sunday, an increase of 62 over Saturday’s figures.

The increase is due to the reporting of 131 new confirmed cases in 20 counties, along with eight new probable cases and 77 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

Albany County had 264 active cases; Natrona had 171; Laramie had 120; Fremont had 118; Campbell had 101; Lincoln and Sheridan had 75; Teton had 61; Park had 56; Converse had 44; Goshen had 31; Sweetwater had 30; Sublette had 27; Carbon had 26; Big Horn had 22; Platte had 17; Uinta and Weston had 14; Crook had 10; Johnson and Washakie had seven, and Hot Springs had one.

Niobrara County remained the only one in the state with no active cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 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 department’s figures showed only Hot Springs, Johnson and Niobrara counties reported no new confirmed cases Sunday. The state’s other 20 counties reported 131 new confirmed cases, with Albany County continuing to see the highest number at 28.

The growth in confirmed cases pushed the number diagnosed since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in mid-March to 5,546.

The number of probable cases increased by eight Sunday to total 958 since the pandemic began. A probable case is one where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case but has not been tested for the illness.

The increase in recoveries by 77 Sunday brought the total number of people to recover from the illness since mid-March to 5,160.

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70 New Coronavirus Cases in Wyoming; 1,177 Active

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Editor’s Note: This is a map of the active coronavirus cases in each county across Wyoming. The number of active cases is determined by subtracting the total number of recoveries seen since the illness first reached Wyoming in mid-March from the total number of confirmed and probable cases diagnosed during the same time period and taking into account deaths related to the disease.

Wyoming began October with 70 new active coronavirus cases Thursday as the number of confirmed cases went up by 124.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 17 counties reported new confirmed cases Thursday. Another 11 new probable cases were also reported.

The increase, combined with 62 recoveries on Thursday, left the state with 1,177 people sick with coronavirus, an increase of 70 from Wednesday.

Albany County had 211 active cases; Natrona had 186; Laramie had 95; Fremont had 93; Campbell had 92; Teton had 82; Lincoln had 72; Sheridan had 63; Park had 54; Converse had 43; Sublette had 33; Goshen had 31; Carbon had 23; Platte had 16; Crook and Weston had 14; Johnson had 13; Big Horn, Sweetwater and Uinta had 12; Washakie had four, and Hot Springs had two.

Niobrara County remained the only county in the state with no active cases.

The active cases were divided among 1,008 people with laboratory-confirmed cases and 169 people with probable cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 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.

New confirmed cases were reported in Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Goshen, Johnson, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater and Teton counties. Natrona County had the highest number of new cases at 21, while Campbell County reported 17.

The number of probable cases seen in Wyoming since the illness was first diagnosed in the state went up by 11 on Thursday to total 913.

The Health Department said 62 people were listed as having recovered from the illness on Thursday, meaning of the 6,083 people infected since mid-March, 4,853 have recovered.

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Wyoming’s Active Coronavirus Cases Down Slightly To 1,172 As Of Friday

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

The number of active coronavirus cases on Wyoming declined slightly Friday as almost every county in the state reported recoveries from the illness.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said 20 counties reported 136 recoveries Friday, ranging from one in several counties to 50 in Natrona County.

At the same time, the state recorded 131 new laboratory-confirmed and probable coronavirus cases, leaving Wyoming with 1,172 active coronavirus cases, a decline of five from Thursday.

Albany County had 217 active cases; Natrona had 147; Laramie had 107; Campbell had 106; Fremont had 96; Teton had 89; Lincoln had 73; Sheridan had 62; Park had 54; Converse had 39; Goshen had 32; Sublette had 31; Carbon had 24; Platte had 15; Big Horn and Sweetwater had 14; Crook, Uinta and Weston had 12; Johnson had nine, Washakie had five, and Hot Springs had two.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 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.

Recoveries were recorded in almost every county with an active case. Only Hot Springs, Teton and Washakie counties did not see new recoveries.

The increase of 136 means 4,989 of the 6,214 people diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed or probable coronavirus cases since mid-March have recovered.

The Health Department said 17 counties reported 119 new laboratory-confirmed cases on Friday: Albany, Big Horn, Campbell, Carbon, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta and Washakie. Albany County had the highest number of new cases at 29.The new cases bring to 5,289 the number of confirmed cases seen since mid-March.

The number of probable cases, those where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case but has not been tested, went up by 12 Friday to total 925 since the pandemic began.

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Wyoming Reaches 53 Coronavirus Deaths

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s coronavirus-related death count climbed again this week, reaching 53 total deaths in the state attributed to the illness.

The Wyoming Department of Health announced the three deaths in a release on Thursday. They included:

  • An adult Natrona County man who died this week. The man wasn’t hospitalized but was known to have health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus;
  • An adult Campbell County man who died last week after being hospitalized. The man was also known to have health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus, and
  • An older adult Natrona County man who died last month after being hospitalized. The man was also known to have health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus.

Deaths among Wyoming residents are added to the state’s coronavirus-related death total based on official death certificate information.

If death certificates do not describe the coronavirus as either causing or contributing to a person’s death, those deaths are not included in Wyoming’s count of coronavirus-related deaths.

Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 53 coronavirus-related deaths, 5,170 lab-confirmed cases and 913 probable cases reported since the pandemic began.

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98 New Cases of Coronavirus in Wyoming; 1,107 Active

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Editor’s Note: This is a map of the active coronavirus cases in each county across Wyoming. The number of active cases is determined by subtracting the total number of recoveries seen since the illness first reached Wyoming in mid-March from the total number of confirmed and probable cases diagnosed during the same time period and taking into account deaths related to the disease.

The number of laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases seen since the illness was first detected in March topped the 5,000 mark on Wednesday with the reporting of 98 new confirmed cases in 17 counties.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus update, said the new cases pushed the total number of confirmed cases seen since the pandemic began to 5,046.

The new confirmed cases, combined with 29 new probable cases and 82 recoveries, left the state with 1,107 active cases.

As of Wednesday, Albany County had 204 active cases; Natrona had 166; Laramie had 91; Fremont had 90; Campbell had 83; Sheridan had 71; Teton had 69; Lincoln had 67; Park had 49; Sublette had 37; Converse had 33; Goshen had 31; Carbon had 21; Uinta had 17; Crook and Weston had 14; Big Horn, Johnson, Platte and Sweetwater had 11; Washakie had four, and Hot Springs had two.

The active cases were divided among 936 people with laboratory-confirmed cases and 171 with probable cases.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 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.

Seventeen counties reported 98 new confirmed cases Wednesday: Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Weston. Natrona County had the largest increase in cases at 18.

The number of probable cases in the state went up by 29 on Wednesday to total 902 since the pandemic began.

Of the 5,948 people diagnosed with confirmed or probable cases, 4,791 have recovered, the Health Department said, an increase of 82 from Tuesday.

Gov Gordon Loosens Restrictions on Wyoming Restaurants

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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon on Tuesday announced new public health orders, effective October 1, which include a loosening of restrictions on restaurants in the state.

The changes to Health Order No. 1 end the requirements for restaurants to space out seating in booths and allow an increase in the permitted number of persons at a table from six to eight persons.

Larger tables are permitted for members of the same household. This increase in the number of persons per table also applies to indoor and outdoor gatherings listed in Order No. 2. Outdoor seating is still encouraged.

“Even in the face of a rising number of active cases, we recognize that the restaurant industry has faced challenges throughout this pandemic,” Gordon said. “Nevertheless, they have really responded to ensure the safety of their customers. These are important steps that will help our restaurants recover and safely welcome more customers throughout the fall and winter.”

He said the updated health orders reflect Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) data that shows that sit-down dining in restaurants has not significantly contributed to the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state.

The governor expressed his desire to take an incremental approach to ensure restaurants can adjust to the coming cool weather months when outdoor dining may not be possible.

Gordon also said the success of procedures implemented by K-12 schools across the state, including social distancing and mask usage, have continued to be effective in preventing widespread outbreaks.

As a result, updated guidance issued to school districts will no longer require quarantine of people who come in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus if both the infected individual and those who came in contact with them were wearing face masks. This change in guidance is specific to schools at this time.

With COVID-19 cases rising statewide and data showing the effectiveness of mask usage in limiting outbreaks in schools, the governor and the WDH continue to strongly recommend the use of masks in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart. The WDH also continues to stress the importance of staying home when ill.

“These are the times when we need all Wyomingites to step up to help us resume the progress we made earlier this summer,” he said. “This current trend is concerning and I hope Wyoming will show her determination.”

Wyoming is also in the process of updating its statewide guidance consistent with federal regulations that permit indoor visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. That guidance will be published later this week.

Over the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged approximately 79 new cases per day, and the rate of COVID-19 tests with a positive result is 5.1%.

As of September 29, Wyoming has recorded 4,948 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, 873 probable cases and 50 deaths. More than 164,000 tests have been completed by the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory and commercial reference laboratories.

The updated health orders take effect October 1. They are attached and can be found on Wyoming’s COVID-19 website.

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