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Governor urges residents to stay home as COVID-19 cases grow in Wyoming

The latest count of COVID-19 cases in Wyoming tallies 53. That’s up 12 from yesterday, according to data from the state department of health.

Three of the latest cases are in Cheyenne. Ten counties in all are reporting at least one positive test result. Three infections are reported in Carbon County, at least two in one household.

Governor Mark Gordon told Wyoming residents yesterday that they should stay at home to, in his words, to “flatten the curve” in the rise of new cases seen this week.

 

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It is unclear how many of the 53 cases are hospitalized or what strain is being put on hospitals. The governor provided no details, and no Wyoming hospital has reported an influx.

Information gathered from both news releases from the department of health and in media reports indicate that most or all of the individuals who have tested positive are recovering at home. None have died.

Even when the virus spread through a Lander retirement home this month, only one individual was hospitalized and released a short time later. None were reported to be in serious condition or need of a respirator.

Two of the three Rawlins cases are recovering at home. The third is out of state, whose status is unknown. Wyoming’s first case, a Sheridan woman, recovered at home.

Still the governor urged residents yesterday to stay home. Otherwise, he will order a statewide shutdown.

The governor added that a decision of whether or not to extend the shutdown of schools — the “vacation,” as he called it — past April 3rd will be made in the next few days.

Click here to watch a replay of Governor Gordon’s press conference

 

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No new cases in Carbon County, yet

Carbon County made it through the last 24-hours without adding another laboratory confirmed positive to the COVID-19 cases. That doesn’t mean there won’t be more cases at the local level in the coming days.

Some tests are pending, and additional kits are on the way. Cali O’Hare has that story.

 

 

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Food and supply drive underway in Carbon County

The COVID-19 outbreak is taking its toll on multiple fronts, including medical, economic and social isolation.

Several Carbon County organizations that provide food and mental health services to the public during better times are working to make access available during the COVID-19 outbreak. Emma Diercks reports.

If you or someone you know is in need of food or supplies, call 307-324-8378

Donations may be dropped off at Mike’s Big City Grill
1711 W Spruce Street in Rawlins
Monday
-Saturday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

For more community resources, click here to visit the Wyoming 2-1-1 website

 

Photo courtesy of Joe Torrillo.

9/11 speaker postponed

A man who survived 9/11 trapped inside the World Trade Center has been cancelled by COVID-19.

The ongoing pandemic has forced organizers in Rawlins to postpone the appearance this week of a September 11th survivor-turned-inspirational speaker. Cali O’Hare reports.

 

 

Wind farm work continues

Rocky Mountain Power PacifiCorp continues to work toward its goal of putting new wind farms around Medicine Bow online before the end of 2020.

Despite closures for other entities throughout the county, state and nation, the power company is still committed to bringing its workforce to Carbon County this spring. Emma Diercks reports.

 

 

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