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COVID-19 reappears in Crook County

As Wyoming continues its ponderous journey back to normality, a new case of COVID-19 popped up locally this week. The first active case in Crook County for several weeks brings the total number of individuals in this county who have contracted the... Full story


Governor addresses financial crisis

Though Governor Mark Gordon continued to urge the public to remain cautious about the spread of COVID-19 on Thursday, the main focus of his weekly press conference was the pending financial crisis that has been caused by a catastrophic downturn in... Full story


Senior Services steps up during pandemic

Taking on a new job is always a challenge, but for Jenna Ellsbury, that experience was magnified by the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic arrived almost immediately after she became the director of Crook County Senior Services. Speaking to the county... Full story


Senior Services plans "Honks for Hugs"

Help Crook County Senior Services (CCSS) show some love and appreciation to seniors in the community and other more vulnerable people who are still remaining at home as the pandemic continues. Next Thursday, join in with the ‘Honks for Hugs... Full story


Indoor gathering limits increased, parades permitted under updated health orders

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Updated public health orders that take effect June 15 will continue to ease restrictions on public gatherings in Wyoming, Governor Mark Gordon announced today. The updated orders allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with... Full story


LTC will not re-open yet

No plans are yet in place to allow visitors back into the hospital and the long term care facility within its walls, said CEO of Crook County Medical Services District Micki Lyons on Friday. Decisions on how to go about this process have been left... Full story


PRECorp to retire member capital credits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) Board of Directors voted Tuesday, May 19, to retire $8.5 million in capital credits to its member-consumers. The capital credit process is one of the benefits of... Full story


State's biggest rodeos succumb to pandemic

As Wyoming’s number of COVID-19 cases passed the 700 mark this week, the fate of the state’s biggest summer events was revealed. Organizers announced that rodeos including Cheyenne Frontier Days, Laramie Jubilee Days and the Central Wyoming Fair... Full story


Some semblance of normal

Things seem even closer to normal this week as summertime arrives in Wyoming and brings with it a slow and careful return to tourist season. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to make itself felt with new cases, more deaths and a... Full story


County reopens – with restrictions

The county has reopened access to its buildings, but will continue to impose restrictions for the time being. A resolution passed during a special meeting on Friday allows the public to enter the... Full story


State aid to launch by June 1

With a following wind and a lot of hard work, the financial aid programs authorized by the Wyoming State Legislature are set to go live on June 1. Businesses that have suffered financially through the COVID-19 crisis, as well as those whose housing s... Full story


Governor Gordon expresses disappointment that Wyoming's 6 largest rodeos are cancelled in 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and representatives from the state’s largest rodeos announced today that six of Wyoming’s large rodeos and events will not take place in 2020. This decision factored in economics, health concerns... Full story


Restrictions ease as more deaths announced

As new orders go into effect that will further reduce the restrictions imposed on Wyoming’s businesses and citizens, and the legislature announces progress from its two-day special session, the state recorded three more deaths from the novel... Full story


Coronavirus deaths rise to 12, Platte Co. sees first case

A Washakie County man is the 12th Wyoming resident to die from the coronavirus, the Wyoming Department of Health has reported. Meanwhile, Platte County saw its first confirmed laboratory case of coronavirus on Thursday as the total number of cases... Full story


Signs of life

Across Wyoming, signs of life are plentiful on city streets as the state takes steps to ease the restrictions that have kept citizens at home and businesses operating on a limited basis since COVID-19 arrived. In Crook County, a variance has been... Full story


High-flying salute

Cast your eyes to the skies on Friday, when the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing will pass over during an aerial salute to healthcare professionals on the frontlines in the COVID-19 pandemic. A two-ship C-130 flyover will cross the... Full story


Governor Gordon expresses support for phased reopenings of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Governor Mark Gordon has welcomed a plan to reopen Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks to the public in phases beginning May 18. “I want to thank both of these National Park Superintendents for their collaborative and cooperative, phased... Full story


Restrictions ease under new orders, Governor allocates $17 million in CARES Act funding to expand COVID-19 testing and health response

Governor Mark Gordon has announced that updated public health orders effective May 15 will ease restrictions on several business categories and permit restaurants to resume indoor table service statewide. The Governor has also allocated $17 million... Full story


Coronavirus case up by 10, state prepares for rule relaxation

As Wyoming prepared for partial lifting of rules that closed some businesses in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the state Department of Health announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state grew by 10 on Wednesday.... Full story


Historic special session opens as bars, restaurants open

Restaurants and bars across Wyoming that have been closed since mid-March opened their doors on Friday as Wyoming’s legislators met in an historic special session to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus. A handful of lawmakers took their seats... Full story


Wyoming records eighth coronavirus death; seven new cases on Sunday

Wyoming recorded its eighth coronavirus-related death over the weekend as a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home added seven new confirmed cases to the state’s total. The Wyoming Department of Health reported Saturday an older Fremont County woman...


Wyoming sees eleven new coronavirus cases

Eleven new coronavirus cases in five counties brought the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 577 on Monday. Six of the cases were diagnosed in Natrona County, where officials said 11 new cases have been detected in the last week, including... Full story


Wyoming coronavirus recoveries increase by 24, doctor warns against complacency

The number of coronavirus patients to recover from the illness since it was first detected in Wyoming in March grew by 24 on Tuesday. However, in Natrona County, where confirmed coronavirus cases have increased by 13 in the last week, the public... Full story


Governor urges residents to adhere to safeguards as cases climb by 13

In the wake of Wyoming’s 11th death related to the coronavirus, Gov. Mark Gordon on Wednesday urged Wyoming residents to abide by the safety guidelines that have been handed down by state health officials to stop the spread of the illness. Gordon,... Full story

 By Sarah Pridgeon    COVID-19    May 7, 2020

Opening for business

Last week, Governor Mark Gordon and State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist appeared at the podium every afternoon to answer questions about the new state health orders that would be going into effect on May 1. As well as a modest easing of... Full story


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