Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon received a positive result at COVID-19, his office announced Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.
His office is in a statement the governor has minor symptoms and plans to telecommute, writes CBS News.
“Governor Mark Gordon today received the results of the COVID-19 test, which showed positive for the virus,” the governor’s office said. “He has only minor symptoms at the moment and plans to continue working remotely on behalf of Wyoming.”
His diagnosis comes almost a week after he introduced new coronavirus restrictions as the number of COVID-19 cases increased in the state, as in the rest of the country.
According to rules announced last Thursday, indoor facilities can only have 25 percent capacity for social distance and outdoor facilities 50 percent capacity in addition to social distance. Gordon did not issue a mask mandate, so Wyoming became one of 13 states and no face mask was required.
Wyoming, like most states, has seen a rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations this month. In total, the state confirmed 26,677 COVID-19 cases and documented 4,084 probable cases a COVID tracking project.
The state saw a 21.7 percent increase in cases last week, with 802 new cases on Wednesday. The death toll in Wyoming has reached 215 deaths and 226 people are currently hospitalized.
Gordon became the latest governor to have tested positive for the virus after Governor Ralph Northam (D) of Virginia, Governor Mike Parson of Missouri and Governor Kevin Stitt (Oklahoma).