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 By SETH KLAMANN    COVID-19    May 14, 2020

Natrona County dismantling coronavirus response operations

CASPER – Various structures put in place in Natrona County to respond to the novel coronavirus are being dismantled and put on standby as the disease appears to have slowed here and the state continues to loosen restrictions on everyday life.... Full story

 

Wyoming Supreme Court relaxes some restrictions, extends COVID-19 emergency orders to August 3, 2020

The Chief Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court, Michael K. Davis, today entered an Order extending to August 3, 2020, the Court’s temporary plan to address Covid-19 health risks. The Order allows for some loosening of the restrictions on in-person... Full story

 

Wyoming's Coronavirus-Related Death Count Increases

A Fremont County resident previously identified as one of Wyoming’s laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases has died, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). The newly confirmed death involves an older... Full story

 

March, April Coronavirus-Related Deaths Added to Wyoming Total

The following is a press release received from the Wyoming Department of Health on Monday, May 18, in regards to the two new deaths on Wyoming's COVID-19 death total. Deaths of two Wyoming residents that occurred in March and April have been added... Full story

 

Fremont County resident dies from COVID-19 WDH announces May 20

Wyoming’s Coronavirus-Related Death Count Addition Announced Another Fremont County resident previously identified as a laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case in Wyoming has died, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH)... Full story

 
 By Karla Pomeroy    COVID-19    May 7, 2020

Grocery store handles pandemic changes in stride

WORLAND - Worland's grocery store, like many stores across the state and country have faced many challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, but Blair's Super Market store director Brandon Yule said his st...

 
 By Seth Romsa    COVID-19    May 7, 2020

County facilities open as Health Alert downgraded to Level 2 status

WORLAND — The Washakie County commissioners met Friday afternoon, May 1, with department heads via teleconference and at the Washakie County Fairgrounds to discuss reducing the Level 3 health...

 

WYOMING LEGISLATURE TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION MAY 15-16

CHEYENNE – The 65th Wyoming Legislature will convene for a two-day special legislative session beginning on May 15 at 8 a.m. The purpose of the special session is to address immediate needs of the... Full story

 

Restrictions ease under new orders, Governor allocates $17 million in CARES Act funding to expand COVID-19 testing and health response

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide. The Governor has also... Full story

 
 By Seth Romsa    COVID-19    April 30, 2020

Worland to continue with adaptive learning

WORLAND – Superintendent David Nicholas and the Worland school board announced that Washakie County School District (WCSD) No. 1 intends to finish the school year, unless directed otherwise from the... Full story

 

County to follow state guidelines: State to allow gyms, personal care services to open Friday

WORLAND — Washakie County will follow the state guidelines regarding easing restrictions on businesses and gatherings. Washakie County Health Officer Dr. Ed Zimmerman, during a question and answer... Full story

 

Patient flow, triage and COVID-19 risk reduction at local clinics

WORLAND – Much remains unclear about the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), with interrelated questions still unanswered about its means of transmission and degree of transmissibility, its actual prevalence in the community and its lethality. One... Full story

 

State Parks To Open Camping to Residents May 15

Wyoming State Parks will partially reopen to camping for Wyoming residents beginning May 15. State Parks has remained open to day-use recreation but closed to camping due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The busy camping season unofficially starts... Full story

 

Where to find cloth face masks and how to make them

CHEYENNE – As Wyomingites prepare to slowly start venturing out more in public again, wearing protective masks will be a big part of ensuring that COVID-19 doesn’t spread any further. Dr. Alexia Harrist, Wyoming’s state health officer, said at... Full story

 

Plasma therapy for virus to begin in Natrona County

CASPER – The sickest COVID-19 patients in Natrona County will soon be treated with the plasma of recovered patients, Casper-Natrona County Health Department spokesperson Hailey Bloom said in a Wednesday press conference. “Nationally, there has... Full story

 

Transients in Riverton quarantined; Fremont County virus tally up

RIVERTON — Part of Riverton's transient population has been quarantined on the Wind River Indian Reservation due to coronavirus concerns. "Our contact tracing is driving us to test people who have been exposed. Our transient population was... Full story

 

State and local health officials warn against current antibody tests

SUNDANCE — The first antibody tests have begun to appear on the market, both to purchase online and through a few providers in this region. But are they worth taking, this early in the game? The answer is no, according to both state health officer... Full story

 

Interpreters help deaf community get instant virus updates

CASPER — American Sign Language interpreter Gail Schenfisch stands behind officials in the live-streamed Natrona County news conferences about the COVID-19 pandemic and interprets for the local deaf community. She’s relayed crucial information... Full story

 

COVID News From Around The State - May 1

Wyoming's coronavirus count to 415; state preps for easing of restrictions Compiled from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wyoming grew by 11 to total 415 on Thursday as state residents began preparing for... Full story

 

DWS now paying unemployment for self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others

CHEYENNE – The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is now accepting UI applications from those individuals who do not qualify for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits, but do qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. This... Full story

 

3 local businesses have exemption plans approved by the state

WORLAND — Three Washakie County businesses had plans approved by Wyoming Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist to open immediately. According to Washakie County Homeland Security/Emergency Management... Full story

 

COVID-19 News from Around the State - May 4

This story may be updated throughout the day. Compiled from Wyoming News Exchange newspapers Wyoming’s confirmed coronavirus case count increased by 15 over the weekend to total 435 by Monday morning, largely due to increases in Fremont County’s... Full story

 

Countywide variance approved for restaurants, bars

WORLAND — Washakie County had its variance for restaurants and bars approved Monday by the Wyoming State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist and County Health Officer. Dr. Ed Zimmerman. The variance... Full story

 

Health care providers see financial impact from COVID-19

CHEYENNE – As the COVID-19 pandemic caused people to keep their health at the forefront of their minds, it’s also caused fewer people to go to doctor’s offices and hospitals to seek care for other ailments. This is causing hospitals and... Full story

 

As coronavirus restrictions ease, contact tracing is key

CASPER — As loosened restrictions on businesses take effect across Wyoming, health officials say contact tracing will continue to be an important tool to keep infections from spreading, with one county saying it is ramping up efforts to track... Full story

 

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