Wyoming - COVID-19 Covered

Wyoming

Total Cases: 86,594 (September 23)
Tests Administered: 237,028 (March 5)
Fatalities: 955 (September 23)
Testing:
  • Governor Gordon announced the availability of free, at-home testing available to state’s residents. (October 15 
  • Governor Gordon announced the availability of a free mobile tracking app to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. (July 1) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • The state released a list of essential staff and definitions of essential personnel. (March 18) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • No records found to date.

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Gordon announced that he is using $10 million in CARES Act funding to bring additional medical personnel to the state to alleviate the current strain on Wyoming hospitals. (November 11)
  • Governor Gordon announced that he has allocated remaining federal CARES Act through two new funds for businesses and nonprofits. (October 26 
  • Governor Gordon announced he is directing $25 million of CARES Act funding to replenish Wyoming’s Unemployment Trust FundThe Governor also allocated an additional $16.4 million in Workers Compensation Fund Premium Credits to help address the financial strain on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. (October 8 
  • Governor Gordon announced that adults who are unemployed or underemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for a grant to pay for higher education at one of the state’s community colleges or the University of Wyoming. (August 5 
  • Governor Gordon announced that applications for the next two waves of funding under the COVID-19 Business Relief Programs will open on August 4. (July 29 
  • Governor Gordon announced that the Wyoming Emergency Housing Assistance Program is now accepting applications. The program serves eligible Wyoming residents who currently lack sufficient income or resources to pay housing costs. (June 4 
  • Governor Gordon signed three pieces of legislation that passes a framework of spending the $1.25 billion in federal funding given to the state from the CARES Act. (May 21) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Gordon announced the launch of the Wyoming Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program to provide support for meat processing facilities and citizens impacted by supply chain disruptions. (September 1 
  • The Wyoming Business Council announced that applications for business relief grants of up to $50,000 funded by federal CARES Act money are now open. (June 8 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Wyoming has entered the final phase of its statewide public health order, which eliminates COVID-19 capacity restriction on indoor events with fewer than 500 people. (May 21) 
  • Governor Gordon issued a directive that would prohibit state agencies, boards, and commissions from requiring “vaccine passports” to access state spaces and services. (May 10) 
  • Governor Gordon announced that all Wyoming residents 16 years of age or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (March 31) 
  • Governor Gordon announced the state would eliminate its mask requirement and allow bars, restaurants, theaters, and gyms to resume normal operations on March 16. (March 8) 
  • Beginning March 1, restrictions on barber shops, nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors and other personal care services will be eliminated. (February 25) 
  • Wyoming residents 65 years of age and older, residents with medical conditions listed in Phase 1B, and caregivers of people who have medical conditions listed in Phase 1B can now pre-register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (February 24) 
  • Governor Gordon issued an executive order outlining public education protocols and vocational license renewal protocols through the end of the year. It also waived certain eligibility requirements for unemployment insurance until the end of the year. (December 2) 
  • Governor Gordon announced additional statewide measures reducing the sizes of indoor and outdoor gatherings that took effect on November 24. (November 19) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • The Wyoming Superintendent announced the release of a “Smart Start” guidance document for school districts as they prepare for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year. (July 1 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Wyoming universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • The University of Wyoming, Central Wyoming College, and Western Wyoming Community College announced it will move all classes online beginning November 16. (November 13) 

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