‘Mask up Wyoming’: state officials say prevention ‘more important than ever’ as COVID surges

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Friday, June 26 that as the state’s COVID-19 case count continues to surge, prevention is “more important than ever.”

“The significant increase in new cases of COVID-19 that began earlier this month continues,” the governor’s office said. “On June 25, Wyoming had 36 new laboratory-confirmed positive cases, the largest single-day total the state has seen since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in March.”

“As of June 25, Uinta, Fremont and Teton counties have the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 residents.”

Wyoming also crossed the 1,000 laboratory confirmed case mark this week. There have been 1,052 lab confirmed cases reported through 3 pm Thursday along with 274 probable cases, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). There have been 20 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the state.

“WDH and the Governor recommend people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart, because masks can help block virus transmission,” the governor’s office said. “The State Health Officer also reminds people to respect directions, such as quarantine or isolation orders, they may receive if told they have been exposed to the virus.“

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