Wyoming’s COVID-19 cases rise to 17
Wyoming is now reporting 17 active cases of COVID-19. The latest case was reported Wednesday afternoon in a news release from the City of Cheyenne.
Kim Deti at the Wyoming Department of Health confirmed the latest case, the third in Laramie County. Deti said she did not have details because the testing on the patient sample was done through a private lab.
Wyoming school closure updates
Like Carbon County’s school districts, most are following the recommendations set forth by Governor Gordon and State Superintendent Jillian Balow to close until April 3rd. However, four school districts have taken matters into their own hands. Emma Diercks looks at how they’re handling the situation.
State launches coronavirus website
Governor Mark Gordon announced on Wednesday the launch of a state government website that will provide resources and information on the COVID-19 outbreak. The webpage may be viewed at covid19.wyo.gov.
Gordon also released a statement asking Wyomingites to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state by adhering to the guidelines set forth by President Trump earlier this week.
“We should use good judgment, avoid unnecessary travel, keep social gatherings to groups of fewer than 10 people, and use drive-through, pickup or delivery options from our local restaurants,” Gordon said. “By working together and practicing good hygiene, kindness and charity, we can keep vulnerable adults healthy, avoid overwhelming our healthcare system and support those most in need.”
Wyoming correctional facilities suspend visitation
Meanwhile, the Wyoming Department of Corrections has suspended both its visitation and volunteer programs at all state-run prison facilities, including Rawlins. The change went into effect yesterday, according to a news release from the WDOC.
Attorney/legal visitations will be restricted to non-contact, video and phone conference. The news release stated that in the event of an extraordinary circumstance, the WDOC may approve limited contact visitation when absolutely necessary. The new restrictions will be monitored on a weekly basis and adjusted as necessary.
The WDOC has also implemented an enhanced screening process for all staff, contractors and incarcerated individuals entering any prison facility in the state. A temperature check and COVID-19 exposure-related questionnaire will be included in screenings. This process will be implemented on a 24/7 basis and will occur prior to any person entering the secure perimeter of a total confinement facility. Any person unable to pass the security screening parameters will be denied access.
As of yesterday, the Department of Corrections has no reported cases of staff or incarcerated individuals with COVID-19.
City manager proposes splitting up duties
The Interim Rawlins City Manager wants to create three new positions at city hall and split a current job into two.
The changes will help the city move forward in a positive direction. City Council will have to approve the change. Cali O’Hare reports.
Saratoga prioritizes fire grant
In Saratoga, both the police and fire departments recently applied for the same grants. Town Council had to decide between the two.
Emma Diercks has the story.
Sports: Rawlins hoopsters earn eight postseason accolades
The 3A basketball postseason honors have been awarded and Rawlins is well represented. Joey Saverine has the story.
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