COVID-19

CASPER — A federal judge has once again dismissed the wide-ranging vaccine mandate lawsuit originally led by Grace Smith, the Laramie high schooler arrested for trespassing in October after returning to school while suspended for refusing to wear a mask on campus.  The plaintiffs in the case failed...
CASPER — Wyoming’s COVID-19 public health emergency declaration will effectively end March 14, Gov. Mark Gordon announced Monday.  “As we see our case numbers and hospitalizations receding, it is time to begin the shift to a new phase,” Gordon said in a statement. “This virus will be with us for...
GILLETTE (WNE) — A COVID-19 vaccination campaign from Campbell County Public Health will have a strong emphasis on people’s freedom to choose. For the second time in four months, Campbell County Commissioners voted on whether to allow Public Health to use a federal grant for an educational campaign...
CHEYENNE — A bill that would require employers to accommodate unvaccinated workers died in a state legislative committee Wednesday morning. The vote was five lawmakers against it and four voting for it. House Bill 32, “Vaccine requirements-limitations,” would have mandated that employers make...

Gov. Mark Gordon greets legislators during his “State of the State” address on Monday. During his annual speech to the joint session of the Legislature, Gordon took an optimistic tone. (Photo by Rhianna Gelhart, Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon kicked off the 66th Legislature with an upbeat speech Monday, setting an optimistic tone as he told lawmakers that boosting pay for state workers was his top priority. The gallery in the House of Representatives was full, photographers swarmed the proceedings and senators...
Severe stress and pandemic politics: Wyo teachers are ‘burnt out’   By Sofia Jeremias, WyoFile.com   Jesse Thompson loved working with kids who thought they were destined to fail. The kids who avoid turning in assignments because at least they could “chalk up any shortcomings to never having tried...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   With the addition of another COVID-19-related death for Weston County last week, the Wyoming Department of Health reports that the county death total is at 17, up from 13 in November. Statewide, COVID-19-related deaths have reached 1,650 since the start of the...
Vaccinated outnumber unvaccinated at Cheyenne hospital   By Carrie Haderlie Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange   CHEYENNE (WNE) — Breakthrough COVID cases leading to hospitalization at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center currently outnumber the number of unvaccinated people who are...
Increased PRB coal production and employment point to ‘strong 2022’ amid overall downturn   By Jake Goodrick Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange   GILLETTE — Coal production in the Powder River Basin saw growth in 2021 after a significant pandemic-related setback marred the extraction...
Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   With 75 confirmed cases in the past 14 days and a COVID-19 test positivity rate of 40%, Weston County Health Services CEO Maureen Cadwell said the community must be aware that the illness remains in our community and that people who are instructed to quarantine...

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