Wyoming's current public health orders aimed at tamping down the spread of COVID-19 have been extended through Sept. 15 with no changes.
The extension comes as the state sees an uptick in cases. During the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged 35 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day. That's an increase compared to an average of 27 cases per day from July 30 to Aug. 12, according to a news release from Gov. Mark Gordon.
The number of new cases and new hospitalizations continue to be rated as “concerning” on Wyoming’s COVID-19 dashboard.
"We have 18 hospitalizations reported by our hospitals today, a number that has ranged from 15 to 20 over the last week," Gordon said during a Wednesday press conference. "What I worry about as you look at that graph is that you see it is ticking back up again. That is a cause for concern."
Gordon stressed that the state needs to make sure there is room in hospitals to treat all kinds of patients, from car accidents to hernias, not just COVID-19.
The current orders will continue to allow outdoor gatherings of no more than 50% of venue capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people as long as social distancing and increased sanitization are in place. Indoor gatherings in a confined space remain limited to 50 persons without restrictions and 250 if social distancing and sanitization are incorporated.
The public health restrictions that apply to restaurants, bars, gyms, performance spaces and personal care services also remain unchanged, as does a requirement that students in schools wear face coverings in situations where 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained, the news release said. Specific exemptions are listed in the orders.
The Wyoming Department of Health and governor continue to strongly recommend the use of face coverings in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart.
The updated orders are attached and can be found online.