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Gov. Mark Gordon has extended his public health orders until the end of the month.

In a Monday afternoon press release, Gordon's office announced that edicts limiting the size of gatherings and placing some restrictions on restaurants, personal service businesses and other establishments would remain in place as coronavirus case counts continue to rise.

“I’m disappointed again that we continue to see case numbers rise,” Gordon said in the release. “Wyoming residents only need to look at what Texas, Florida and Arizona are experiencing to see how much damage being careless, not wearing a mask, and failing to social distance can cause to our state’s economy, our citizens' health and our healthcare system."

The orders restrict indoor group gatherings to 50 and outdoor ones to 250, provided there are social distancing and sanitation measures in place. They are largely unchanged from the last time Gordon extended them, though the first public health order, which governs restaurants, schools and other facilities, has been simplified to allow restaurants more flexibility.

Faith-based gatherings are still exempt from the orders.

As of Monday, Wyoming has had 1,545 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, 359 probable cases and 21 deaths. On Monday, 39 new lab-confirmed cases and 3 new probable cases were announced.

According to Wyoming Department of Health data, the state has 491 active cases, including probable ones, and Teton County has 31 active cases.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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