Wait-and-see on relaxing health restrictions

Governor Mark Gordon gave an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Wyoming during a press conference last Wednesday afternoon. COURTESY PHOTO

CHEYENNE — Wyoming won’t drastically change public health orders until it reviews how school starting and Labor Day weekend affect the state’s number of lab confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases, Governor Mark Gordon said during his press conference Wednesday afternoon.

He said there was a spike in cases following Memorial Day and July 4 activities, and the state was taking a wait-and-see for a couple of weeks to see if Labor Day activities in the state produce the same type of spike.

Gordon also said some school districts are only in their second week of the school year, which means there is still uncertainty on limiting spread in school. He added that limiting community spread will help keep schools open, so COVID-19 precautions are as important now as ever.

He said the state does not want to move backwards after seeing a decrease in cases across the state for the past two weeks.

“Going backwards, losing that high ground, that would just be devastating to our businesses, to our schools and to our citizens,” Governor Gordon said.

Over the past two weeks, the average number of new cases per day has decreased from 35 to 25.

“This is good news,” Gordon said.

The current renewal of public health orders expires on September 15, and Governor Gordon said the state is planning on adjusting them, though they have not finalized anything yet. He said adjustments will be made to better accommodate indoor and outdoor gatherings for high school sporting events.

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