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 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 state, on their current adaptive learning plan. T... 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 session on Facebook, said he had received several... 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 Director Kami Neighbors, Harrist approved... 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 allows bars and restaurants to provide dine-in... 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


Human trafficking: Pandemic likely to worsen problem

SHERIDAN — Sex trafficking may not be the first danger that comes to mind when considering the impact of COVID-19 on individual communities, but the two are inextricably linked, according to Alexandra Stevenson, co-founder of the human trafficking... Full story


Lawmakers OK draft COVID response plan

CASPER — The Wyoming Legislature still doesn’t have a date for a special session planned for later this spring to respond to COVID-19 and its economic fallout. Lawmakers still don’t have a true agreement with Gov. Mark Gordon on how to spend... Full story

 By Tom Coulter    COVID-19    April 30, 2020

COVID-19 underscores Wyoming gender disparities as female unemployment surges

CHEYENNE – In the first weeks of the coronavirus closures, the share of women filing unemployment claims in Wyoming skyrocketed to levels far above historical norms, suggesting women face unique struggles in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Full story


218 tested at State Hospital - zero positive

EVANSTON — In some exciting news for Uinta County, the Wyoming Department of Health announced on Monday that a large special testing study conducted at the Wyoming State Hospital found no new cases of COVID-19. A Community Protection Initiative... Full story


Three county COVID-19 patients listed as recovered

WORLAND — The Wyoming Department of Health is listing three of Washakie County’s five COVID-19 cases as recovered. The WDH is also listing two recoveries from the three probable cases as well. These figures are as of Tuesday, April 21. The...


Local residents put 3D printers to use making mask extenders

WORLAND – "I've got a 3D printer, and was just looking for ways to help," and help Steve Radabaugh did. With N95 face masks and other materials used to protect against the novel coronavirus 2019...


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