Empty shelves in a Walmart in Cheyenne. (Kerry Drake/WyoFile)

As of 10 a.m., March 30, 2020 

  1. Wyoming: Confirmed cases of COVID-19: 94. 
  2. By county: Fremont still leads the state 24 cases, followed by Laramie with 20, Teton with 16, Natrona with 10 and Sheridan with 8. Johnson has 5, Carbon has 3, while Albany, Campbell, Converse, Goshen, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater and Washakie all have 1 reported case. 
  3. Testing: 1,826 tests had been administered and processed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health
  4. United States: 143,527 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins Institute. Total deaths: 2,572 — Total recoveries: 4,865.
  5. The latest: Fremont County officials believe the number of residents with COVID-19 symptoms far exceeds the number of confirmed cases there. In a press conference Friday, Fremont County Health Officer Dr. Brian Gee said that due to lack of testing data, officials have been polling nurses, clinics and providers to better understand the picture. According to their estimates, between March 19-March 27 some 400 people presented symptoms and have been directed to self-isolate. 
  6. More news: Jackson on Saturday became the first Wyoming town to issue a stay-at-home order, which will take effect until April 17. “I am absolutely in favor of a community-wide stay-at-home order,” Teton District Public Health Officer Travis Riddell said in a statement, adding that he strongly recommends “that residents of Teton County outside of Town limits heed the same restrictions.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. “Jackson on Saturday became the first Wyoming town to issue a stay-at-home order, which will take effect until April 17.”

    Oh please.

    “If we’re going to issue a shelter in place or stay at home order, it will not have multiple exemptions. It will be a true stay-at-home order,” Gordon said at a news conference.

    Jackson’s exceptions for the “essential” Short-Term Rental market make Jackson’s entire stay-at-home order laughable. The town failed to take early action to close hotels when it was obvious that tourists from all over the world were the greatest threat to Jackson. Not only would they be causing transmission to other tourists (which they would then take back home), but they would be transmitting the virus to locals – especially service & hospitality workers who make up the majority of our workforce. Tourists are crammed into shuttles, planes, restaurants, taxis, bars, hotel breakfast bars, etc. That threat wasn’t taken seriously. Perhaps it’s too easy to look in the rear-view mirror and play Monday-morning quarterback; however, even now, the Town of Jackson continues to make the same mistakes. The current ordinance is NOT about trying to strike a balance between economic disaster and public safety. It’s a laundry list of exceptions for favored industries, or anyone who complains.

    As the governor made clear during his March 30th afternoon briefing, Jackson’s ordinance is not much of a stay-at-home ordinance.