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Gov. Gordon expresses disappointment in state’s COVID-19 surge, says statewide mask mandate is an option

Gov. Gordon expresses his disappointment in Wyoming's COVID-19 surge at a press conference...
Gov. Gordon expresses his disappointment in Wyoming's COVID-19 surge at a press conference Friday.(Will Thomas)
Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 2:39 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming Governor, Mark Gordon, held a press conference Friday morning. Gordon expressed his disappointment in the state’s COVID-19 surge, at one point calling people who aren’t taking it seriously “knuckleheads.” Gordon also said that Wyomingites need to get their heads back into the game.

“We’ve gotta get our head in the game, that’s what I said way back when we started this thing. We haven’t got our head in the game, we’re running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Let’s get serious, let’s make sure that this state survives, let’s help these businesses,” said Gordon.

Gordon said the state’s health, business and civic well being are being tested now more than ever, as Wyoming continues to break records for COVID-19 related deaths and hospitalizations. He took a minute to thank all frontline workers for all they are doing, and have been doing during the pandemic. Gordon has approved funding to bring more medical personnel to ease the strain on hospitals and healthcare workers.

Gordon also spoke about how the state’s surge in cases is going to hurt small businesses, which have already been hit hard by the pandemic. He said CARES Act funding will also run out in just over a month, and there isn’t more funding in sight.

Gordon extended the state’s health orders another week because he said if Wyomingites can’t be responsible, there need to be changes. When asked if a statewide mask mandate is coming, he said all options are on the table.

“We want to make sure that we address this issue before we completely lose all ability to respond to health crises. So yes, we are thinking about every aspect of what we can do,” said Gordon.

Gordon said over the next week they will be considering what changes will be made, but confirmed there will be changes and they will be more restrictive.

You can find the full press conference on Gov. Gordon’s Facebook here.

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