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Gov. Gordon expresses concern about Wyoming’s COVID-19 numbers

Gov. Mark Gordon (R) Wyoming, speaks at a press conference Wednesday.
Gov. Mark Gordon (R) Wyoming, speaks at a press conference Wednesday.(KCWY)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 6:59 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon called the state’s increase in COVID-19 cases and virus related hospital admissions concerning during a press conference Wednesday.

State health orders were extended through the end of July Monday. Gordon said the state was on pace to eliminate all health orders before a recent uptick in cases. As of Wednesday, the state’s cumulative positivity rate is up to 3 percent. The state has seen about 700 new COVID-19 cases over the past month.

“I think this is related to the people taking a more casual attitude toward what they can do to do the right thing to make sure that we keep our economy open, we keep our friends and neighbors and our grandparents healthy,” he said.

Despite the recent increase in cases, the state’s hospital bed and ICU bed availability is currently stable.

Gordon also called on people to act responsibly and wear a mask. Though he said he’s not considering a statewide mask mandate, he did applaud private businesses that decided to implement one, such as Menards and Walmart.

“If they say, ‘No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service,’ by god, I’m going to respect that,” Gordon said.

He reiterated private businesses’ constitutional rights to require a mask.

“I support the rights of private businesses taking steps to protect the safety of their employees,” he said. “And I respect the courage of the employees to go to work.”

Gordon also announced the state has added a testing location map to its COVID-19 website, covid19.wyo.gov.

He also had a message for people who wanted to act recklessly and possibly get people sick.

“There is no constitutional right to go infect somebody else. There is no constitutional right that says you can put others in harm’s way,” Gordon said.

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