Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has issued a statement Tuesday, April 21st after it was confirmed that four Wind River Reservation residents who were positive for COVID-19 died. His full statement is below in bold;
I want to extend my condolences to the Northern Arapaho Tribe and to the families of the four people who passed away last night due to COVID-19. These deaths highlight the insidious nature of the illness, as both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes took advanced protective measures early on, including through an aggressive testing strategy.I want to commend each of the sovereign nations for taking those early steps for the safety of Wind River Reservation communities.
I continue to communicate regularly with Tribal leadership regarding both State and tribal strategies for handling the mounting challenges posed by COVID-19. During my conversation with Chairman Spoonhunter today, we agreed that the Tribes and State must coordinate our response for the health of Wyoming citizens, as we are all in this together.