Governor: 9 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wyoming, face coverings "a sign of respect" - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
Cap City News Logo

Governor: 9 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wyoming, face coverings “a sign of respect”

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (Wyoming PBS, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said during a Wednesday, May 20 press conference that Wyoming hospitals report that a total of 9 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 across the state.

Gordon added that Wyoming saw one additional COVID-19 related death reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 11, which he said was a reminder to the state of the serious risk the virus continues to pose, even as restrictions are relaxed.

Wyoming has a total of 596 laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases and 191 probable cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

Article continues below...

Gordon said Wyoming has seen 73 new confirmed cases in the week, but that the positive testing rate has dipped from 3.9% to 3.7%.

“This continues to be significantly below the national average of 13% according to the most recent data from the CDC,” Gordon added. “So Wyoming, you are doing well.”

However, Gordon said that the rate of new cases continues to be “concerning” for the state.

Gordon noted that Natrona County Heatlth Officer Dr. Mark Dowell expressed disappointment on Tuesday as to how some in the community are not taking the virus seriously and are not wearing face coverings or following social distancing guidelines.

Natrona has seen 15 new confirmed cases since last Thursday.

Gordon noted that he was wearing a face covering,

“Wearing one is a sign of respect,” he added. “We want our neighbors to all feel comfortable whenthey come out and re-emerge into this economy that is starting to awaken again.”

Gordon noted that current statewide health guidelines require employees of businesses like restaurants, fitness centers and nail and hair salons to wear face coverings.

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.