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Laramie County Commissioners remove COVID-19 sick leave policy


CHEYENNE, Wyo. — On Tuesday, the Laramie County Commissioners rescinded its COVID sick time policy for county employees.

“We just don’t see the need for it anymore with the COVID situation,” Human Resources Director Heather Rudy said during the meeting.

The COVID-19 sick leave policy was enacted by commissioners in October 2020 following the U.S Department of Labor’s First Coronavirus Response Act, which required certain employers to provide full-time employees with 80 hours of paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to the virus.

Qualifying sick leave uses included:

  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, seeking testing and being diagnosed with the virus
  • Quarantining due to exposure with someone with COVID-19
  • Caring for a child for reasons related to COVID-19
  • Obtaining vaccination and experiencing reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine

The resolution in full is attached below:

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.