Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon gave a positive result for COVID-19, the latest governor to give a positive result for the disease this year.
“Governor Mark Gordon today received the results of the COVID-19 test, which showed positive for the virus,” the governor said in a statement. “He currently has only minor symptoms and plans to continue working remotely on behalf of Wyoming.”
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also announced this year that they were infected with the virus.
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The announcement comes after the state restricts public gatherings with new restrictions as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased in recent weeks. However, despite calls from state health officials, a nationwide mask mandate was not approved.
Republican governor and state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said Thursday that public gatherings are limited to a maximum of 25 people without restriction. Indoor gatherings with social distance are limited to 25% and outdoor gatherings with 50% capacity with social distance.
“These measures are designed to help our healthcare system meet unprecedented needs for services, ensure classroom education continues, and most importantly, keep people and businesses in Wyoming open,” Gordon said.
The new order went into effect on November 24, Casper Star-Tribune reported.
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In total, the state confirmed 26,677 COVID-19 cases and documented 4,084 probable cases under the COVID follow-up project.
The death toll in Wyoming has reached 215 deaths and there are currently 226 people in hospital.
The Associated Press contributed to the report