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Wyoming Department of Education: Biden vaccine rules likely apply to state schools

Casper/Natrona County Health Department RN Hana Kim reconstitutes the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine with sodium chloride while preparing the first doses to be administered in Natrona County on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— President Joe Biden announced a new COVID-19 Action Plan last week that includes a rule that will mandate employers with 100 or more employees require their employees to either get vaccinated or get tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.

The forth-coming rule is being developed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Wyoming Department of Education says that the rule will likely apply to Wyoming school districts.

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“While this requirement has been widely publicized around its impact on workers in the private sector, it is probable that public sector employees – including K-12 educators – will be included in the 26 states and 2 territories that have OSHA-Approved State Plans,” the WDE said in a Monday memo sent to superintendents across the state. “Wyoming is one of the states with an OSHA approved plan. We anticipate more information in the coming days.”

Governor Mark Gordon has criticized Biden’s new policy, calling it “an egregious example of big government overreach” and leadership of the Wyoming Legislature on Friday expressed support for the governor and Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill pursuing legal action to try to prevent enforcement of the new rules.

Biden on Friday pushed back against claims from some Republican governors that he is overstepping his authority by issuing the new policy, according to the Associated Press.

Like the WDE, a Natrona County School District official said on Monday that the district is awaiting more guidance in regard to the new Biden policy. NCSD employs around 3,000 people.

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.