CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Alexia Harrist have extended the three existing statewide health orders through April 30 to slow community transmission of coronavirus or COVID-19 and protect lives.
The governor continues to emphatically state that people need to stay home whenever possible to prevent or slow the spread of the virus, according to a press release. These orders are meant to enforce that direction through April. Specifically, the current orders closing public places including schools, prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more in a single room or confined space (including outdoors) and closing bars, restaurants, coffee shops and some personal services businesses will continue through April 30. Food establishments can continue to provide delivery services, but carry-out service is now required to take place curbside.
"The decision to extend these orders was made to save lives and keep people at home," Gov. Gordon said in the press release. "We are seeing community transmission of COVID-19 occur around the state and we will continue to see more confirmed cases in the weeks to come. This action will help lower the rate of transmission and protect both our healthcare system and the health care workers we all rely on."
The governor has also issued a directive requiring any individual coming to Wyoming from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. For visits fewer than two weeks, individuals must self-quarantine for the duration of the visit. The directive is intended to discourage out-of-state visitation during the pandemic and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
"We know that travel from another state or country is a source of COVID-19 infections in Wyoming," Gordon said. "Visitors from neighboring states have strained the resources of many Wyoming communities so we are asking them to do the right thing to protect the health of our citizens and the resources of our rural healthcare facilities."
Dr. Harrist noted Wyoming continues to see community spread of COVID-19 and social distancing measures remain the most effective means to slow the spread of the virus.
"We need everyone to stay home as much as possible," Harrist said. "Anyone can spread this disease, even if they don't yet realize they are ill."
The updated orders and the governor's directive can be found at https://governor.wyo.gov.
GREEN RIVER ALSO EXTENDS CLOSURES INDEFINITELY
To continue minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19 within the community and among city employees and to follow the extended public health orders set by Governor Gordon, the city of Green River decided to extend the closure of city buildings to the public until further notice.
"We continue to analyze what is going on around us at other municipalities and counties within Wyoming, as well as nationally, to determine some of the next steps that may be taken with regard to future orders issued by the state or federal government," a press release said. "With that being said and trying to get ahead of the curve of slowing community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect lives, the city of Green River will also be implementing adaptive work schedules and locations for our employees that promote expanded social distancing measures, as well as further utilizing internal telephonic and virtual conference room meetings."
Each department remains operational and will continue to take and return telephone calls, as well as respond to email. Additionally, the city website and Facebook page will be updated on a regular basis with information to share with the public.
"Our staff has come together with ideas and best practices to continue providing much-needed services for our city as we navigate through this pandemic. As a government, there are many jobs that are essential under the state and federal guidelines and we have spent considerable time putting together departmental plans that provide safer measures and working environments for our employees while still performing our duties and meeting the needs of our citizens," the release said.
City officials recognize that becoming adaptable and staying safe at this time are of utmost importance and added the actions they take now will allow them to be stronger and more agile in the processes and into the future when they come out of this crisis.
"The city of Green River would like to thank all of our employees for their hard work and continued commitment to serve. We would also like to express our gratitude and thanks to all of our residents for their understanding of the scope of this pandemic, their responsibility to follow the guidelines that have been delivered, and the help and generosity they continually give back to the community," the press release said.
For questions, answers, and updates on COVID-19 locally, follow www.sweetwater311.org.