This graph by consultant Jonathan Schechter shows a steep drop in help wanted classified ads in the Jackson Hole News&Guide at a time when the summer tourism business worker search is usually in full swing. (Jonathan Schechter/Charture Institute)

As of 10 a.m., April 15, 2020 

  1. Wyoming: Confirmed cases of COVID-19: 288. Deaths: 2 — Recovered: 176. Probable, untested cases: 105.
  2. By county: Laramie County leads the state with 64 confirmed cases, followed by Teton with 59, Fremont with 42, Natrona with 34 and Campbell with 13. Two counties, Platte and Weston, have reported no cases. 
  3. Testing: 6,103 tests had been administered and processed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. Experts and officials agree testing numbers fall well short of the reality of the disease’s spread.
  4. United States: 639,733 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Institute. Total deaths: 30,990 — Total recoveries: 52,738.
  5. The latest: Wyoming suffered its second death on Wednesday, when an older man in Laramie County succumbed to the disease after several weeks in the hospital. In a press conference that afternoon, Gov. Mark Gordon said the first person in Wyoming to die of COVID-19, a Johnson County man, was a friend of his. Gordon did not extend his existing orders, which are set to run until April, but said the state was “transitioning to a stabilization mode.” The state has yet to reach its predicted peak in hospital demand, he said.
  6. More news: The roommate of a health worker attended multiple house parties in Casper last weekend and later tested positive for COVID-19. People at the parties were “thumbing their noses” at health orders, Casper’s mayor told the Casper Star-Tribune. Emails document the state’s hesitation and pushback on Teton County’s desired health orders. The Game & Fish Department halted the sale of nonresidential fishing licenses. Gordon told state agencies to freeze hiring and prepare for budget reductions.

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