Gov. Mark Gordon

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon urged legislators Monday to work with him to lower state spending while a report predicted ongoing weak revenue from the oil, natural gas and coal industries.

Gov. Mark Gordon announced free, at-home COVID-19 testing as Wyoming’s total lab-confirmed cases topped 7,000 on Thursday. Add in probable cases and the statewide total reached 8,375 cases since the pandemic started.

New cases reported in Teton County remained in the single digits Thursday with just 5 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. Teton County has 43 active infections. Although Lincoln County reported no new cases in the past 24 hours, Lincoln County currently has 79 active lab-confirmed infections.

The health department, in its daily update, said 175 new positives brought the lab-confirmed total since the pandemic began to 7,089 and 23 new probable cases brought the probable total to 1,286.

On Thursday, counties seeing double-digit growth in cases in the last 24 hours included Laramie County with 54 new positives, Natrona County with 42, Albany County with 26, Park County with 22, Fremont County with 21 and Campbell County with 12.

Also Thursday, Gov. Gordon said he was using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to buy 75,000 saliva tests. The $150 testing fee will be waived for kits shipped to Wyoming addresses and all shipping is prepaid, he said. Visit https://www.vaulthealth.com/covid to order a kit.

“This at-home, non-invasive testing option is another tool to help Wyoming slow the spread of this virus,” Gordon said in a statement. “It’s one more way we can help protect our vulnerable populations, keep businesses open, and make sure our hospital beds are available to those who need them.”

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

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