A man from Uinta County has died from COVID-19-related complications, bringing the state's total deaths linked to the illness to 26, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Tuesday.
Although the Uinta resident had been hospitalized in another state, his death and positive test result are counted in Wyoming’s total, the department said in a news release.
In the past two weeks, Wyoming has seen an average of 37 new positive cases per day. Today, Wyoming confirmed 64 new positive COVID-19 cases — the most positives seen by the state during the pandemic.
As a result of the Equality State’s surging caseload, Gov. Mark Gordon extended Wyoming’s current public health orders until Aug. 15.
“It is important for all of us to remain vigilant as we continue to see case numbers increase statewide,” Gordon said in a statement. “We are approaching a critical time for our state’s economy. So far, Wyoming has been able to keep our businesses open and our citizens safe. That’s good for our economy and good for the health of our people.”
But he warned that the situation remains tenuous.
“As we look towards the fall, we must remember that continued business expansion is a fragile thing and depends on each citizen doing their best to keep our economy flourishing,” he said. "I sincerely thank those Wyoming citizens who are taking action to keep our businesses open by voluntarily wearing a mask when you can’t socially distance.”
Under current regulations, up to 50 people are allowed to gather inside, while 250 people are allowed to gather with social distancing and cleaning protocols. Restaurants, gyms, performance spaces and bars can stay open under current health restrictions. Churches and funeral homes, on the other hand, aren’t required to follow such health codes and are instead encouraged to practice social distancing.
In addition to maintaining previous public health orders, officials amended Public Health Order No. 1 to more thoroughly cover school reopening plans. Students will be required to wear face masks when 6 feet of social distancing isn’t possible. The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Wyoming Department of Education, will give out half a million cloth face masks to schoolchildren statewide.
The Wyoming Department of Health and Gov. Gordon are urging people to wear face coverings in public — both inside and outside.
Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 26 coronavirus-related deaths, 2,136 lab-confirmed cases and 453 probable cases reported, and 1,618 recoveries, the state health department reported Tuesday.