Gov. Gordon talks about upcoming health orders
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer, Dr. Alexia Harrist spoke at the state capital building Wednesday. Gordon’s current health orders are set to expire next Tuesday Sep. 15.
“Though we have not yet finalized our new orders, we are looking at changes to guidance for indoor contact sports in an effort to accommodate indoor competitions in our schools,” said Gordon.
Gordon said the current COVID-19 numbers in Wyoming are a little higher than usual, but it might be because of the recent Labor Day weekend gatherings. He also said the percent of tests with a positive result in the state has improved, which has been encouraging.
At this time, Gordon said they are not making drastic changes to their health orders. The reason behind that he said, is because schools have just recently started and they don’t know what kind of impact in-person learning can have on virus spread.
“We want to be cautious in our approach in the fact that we want to make sure that our kids continue to have in-person learning, and so we want to make sure we ease into this,” said Gordon.
Harrist spoke about the importance of contact tracing in potential positive COVID-19 cases and that they are currently looking into new health orders for assisted living residents as the cold weather makes its way to the Cowboy State.
“With colder weather this week and promising to return, we know that expanded visitation options are needed and we are working to offer safe potential options,” said Harrist.
Gordon said they have also distributed $829 million of the $1.25 billion CARES act funding the state has received.
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