Gordon Takes First Official Overnight Trip Since March

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is on his first official, multi-day trip outside Cheyenne since the coronavirus pandemic hit the state in March.

Gordon is visiting the southwest part of the state including the Rock Springs and Green River areas today and tomorrow.

Southwestern Wyoming is a hub of trona mining and natural gas drilling, and Gordon plans to visit energy and mineral development projects to get a first-hand look on how an upcoming federal planning process will affect important Wyoming public lands and industries.

Yesterday, Gordon announced a further loosening of coronavirus restrictions that, among other things, allow schools to reopen and people to gather in larger numbers indoors.

Starting Monday, up to 250 people will be allowed to gather indoors if they practice social distancing and sanitation measures but the limit is just 50 without such measures.

The easing of limits comes as Wyoming reports its second-biggest daily increase of confirmed coronavirus cases. The Wyoming Dept of Health’s daily update on Thursday had 25 confirmed and 4 probable cases.

Probable cases are defined by officials as close contacts of lab-confirmed cases with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

The state has now passed the 1,000-case mark with 793 confirmed and 216 probable. There have been 814 recoveries – 622 confirmed and 192 probable cases – as well as 18 deaths.

Every county in Wyoming has had at least 1 COVID-19 case, either confirmed or probable, but Niobrara County has had just a single probable case while Goshen has had 4 including 1 probable.

Probable cases are defined by officials as close contacts of lab-confirmed cases with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

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