Governor Mark Gordon held a press conference today, November 13th to address the increase in COVID cases across Wyoming.
More restrictive public health orders will be released soon, according to Gordon. A one-week extension has been put in place for the current public health orders that were set to expire on November 15th so the new orders can be fully fleshed out.
While no specifics were provided about the upcoming restrictions during the conference, Gordon said, “everything is on the table.” They will be trying to calibrate a response that is proportionate to what they are seeing across the state. “It could be county by county or community by community basis.”
My point has never been face masks, my point has been act responsibly. Wyoming has got to get its head in the game, there is a whole range of things we have to address. This is a nationwide phenomenon. -Governor Mark Gordon
Wyoming is reportedly behind the curve in case surges compared to the rest of the nation, Gordon explained. “Our hospitals are overwhelmed today. We are probably a week, maybe two weeks behind the curve. I am very concerned. We’ve planned for surges since about the first of April and we are getting close to our buffering capacity.”
The COVID-19 hospital information for Wyoming can be found here.
Wyoming Department of Health Director Mike Ceballos also spoke during the press conference. “Cases are coming from all aspects of our communities.” Schools are seeing an increase, but it has been slower because of the mandates put forth by the Smart Start Plans. Gatherings are a significant contributor as well.
Ceballos shared a large contributor is the number of asymptomatic people. “We cannot track them. It
[COVID] is literally everywhere. It is becoming so pervasive there is not a place we are not seeing it.”
The recording of the press conference can be viewed below.