List Suggests Wyoming Is One of the “Riskiest” Places to Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic

List Suggests Wyoming Is One of the “Riskiest” Places to Travel during COVID-19 Pandemic

HARVARD GLOBAL HEALTH INSTITUTE/BROWN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Via Forbes

Originally reported by County 10

Forbes has released a list of the states they’ve declared the riskiest to travel to during the COVID-19 pandemic and Wyoming appears as the 4th most risky.

South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa are the only states declared more of a risk than Wyoming. Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois are also in the top ten.

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Here’s what the article had to say about our state;

Risk factors: No statewide mask mandate – 125.8 new daily cases per 100,000 people – 43.4% of Covid tests are positive

During an emotional press conference last Friday, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, a Republican, said he is considering a statewide face mask requirement. At several points during his news briefing, Gordon raised his voice and told residents he was angry and concerned.

Since the start of the pandemic, Gordon has soft-pedaled the crisis by issuing recommendations rather than requirements. For example, patrons at salons and other personal-care businesses are required to wear masks “as much as possible.” Workers at gyms, entertainment venues, and restaurants and bars must wear masks only if they come within six feet of customers or other staff. Face coverings are “recommended” for the general public. Instead of a statewide mandate, Gordon has kicked the can to local authorities.

Wyoming is currently racking up an average of 125.8 new daily Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people, which is 403% higher than the “tipping point” threshold.

Wyoming’s percent positive rate is 43.4%, nearly nine times higher than the 5% target. Positivity has been rising for the past two consecutive weeks.”

For the full article from Forbes, click here.