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Wyoming extends mask order in schools through end of April

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health announced on Tuesday that existing COVID-19 related statewide public health orders will be extended through April 30.

That includes a a mask mandate for schools and a requirement that educational institutions implement social distancing. School districts can request variances to the orders.

The WDH says that the orders allow indoor events of more than 500 people to be be held at 50% of a venues capacity “with certain face mask protocols for large indoor events.”

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“While we continue to see stable case numbers and hospitalizations in most areas of the state, our overall progress seems to have plateaued,” said State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Alexia Harrist. “COVID-19 remains a threat for now, with cases growing in other states.”

The WDH continues to recommend that people use face masks in indoor public spaces “and when common-sense physical distancing cannot be maintained among people who don’t live in the same household.”

“More than 175,000 individuals have received at least one vaccine dose so far in Wyoming when state and special federal counts are combined,” the WDH added.

The updated public health orders take effect Friday, April 16. They can be accessed online.

The WDH adds:

Information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in Wyoming can be found at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/immunization/wyoming-covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Wyoming offers free at-home COVID-19 testing. More information can be found at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/infectious-disease-epidemiology-unit/disease/novel-coronavirus/covid-19-at-home-testing/.

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.

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: covid@cnchd.org

  • 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.