Current Wyoming Public Health Orders extended through July 31
July 14, 2020
Governor Mark Gordon announced on July 13th that Wyoming’s current public health orders will be extended through July 31 as the state continues to see increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases.
Over the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged 27 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day, with 342 new cases confirmed since July 1. From June 15-30, there were 328 lab-confirmed cases reported. On July 13, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations reported by Wyoming hospitals was 17, the most hospitalizations reported since April 22. The percentage of tests that come back positive for COVID-19 has remained steady with a cumulative total average of 2.9%. The Wyoming Department of Health and the Governor continue to strongly recommend the use of face coverings in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart.
Wyoming’s population is 578,759 (2019). To date, Wyoming Public Health Laboratories have tested 29,527 sick people and private labs have tested 27,466 sick people for COVID-19. Of those, as of July 13 Wyoming has had 1,545 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 21 deaths in the state due to coronavirus (.003% death rate among general population).
Rounds of testing of over 1,700 asymptomatic people in both Teton County (1346 people) and of Yellowstone National Park employees (387 people in 3 rounds of testing) have detected zero positive cases of COVID-19 among people showing no signs of illness.
There have been no deaths in Sublette County to date due to COVID-19. For risk perspective, there have been more than 25 deaths so far this year in Sublette County due to car crashes, illness, natural causes, firearm accidents, recreational vehicle accidents, and suicide.
The continuing orders that take effect July 16 allow gatherings up to 50 persons in a confined space to occur without restrictions and permit events of up to 250 persons with social distancing and increased sanitization measures in place. Faith-based gatherings such as church services and funeral homes will continue to be permitted to operate without restrictions, with appropriate social distancing encouraged.
The section of Order No. 1 addressing restaurant operations has been simplified, with the removal of some specific provisions to provide business owners additional flexibility and maintain an emphasis on spacing and face coverings. The public health restrictions that apply to bars, gyms and performance spaces will remain in place.
The updated public health orders are attached and can be found on Wyoming's COVID-19 website. Sublette County COVID-19 information can be found at https://www.sublettewycovid.com/.