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Another Death

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) says a Teton County resident previously identified as one of Wyoming’s laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases has died.

The newly confirmed death involves an older man hospitalized in another state who had existing conditions that put him at higher risk of serious illness related to the virus. There have now been 7 reported deaths, 326 lab-confirmed cases and 121 probable cases reported so far from across Wyoming.

Expanded Testing Capacity

The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory (WPHL) has received sufficient supplies to expand testing capacity. The WPHL will now accept all samples from patients with symptoms compatible with COVID-19.

The WPHL will continue to prioritize samples from patients within priority categories for faster turn-around times.

Priority categories include hospitalized patients, symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders who provide direct patient care, patients who are residents or staff in communal settings, patients who are over 65 or with chronic health conditions, patients who have close contact with people over 65 or with chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. WDH may request testing outside of these priorities, including asymptomatic patients, as part of epidemiological investigations; the WPHL will accept and prioritize requested samples.

The continued ability of WPHL to accept samples from patients outside of priority categories will depend on availability of laboratory reagents.

Governor’s Press Conference Today at 3 p.m.

Governor Mark Gordon will hold a media briefing at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Governor's Ceremonial Conference room in the State Capitol Building. The Governor will be joined by State Health Officer Dr. Alexia to provide an update on plans going forward and to take questions from media on Wyoming’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be viewed live on Wyoming PBS television, the Wyoming PBS' Facebook page and Wyoming PBS YouTube channel

COVID-19 & Small Business: Weekly Virtual Town Hall

TODAY AT NOON

The Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network will host an online webinar: on Staying in Touch with Your Customers Thursday, April 23 from noon to 1 p.m.

Hear updates on resources available to Wyoming entrepreneurs and ask your questions to our panel of experts.

This week’s topic will cover how to keep in touch with your customers to let them know how your business will operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will give a brief update on the SBA’s EIDL and PPP programs and then cover the following:

  • Learn about tools available to let people throughout Wyoming know the status of your business

  • Utilize new functionality from Google to update your search engine listing

  • Find out how to craft your social media posts during this challenging time

  • Learn about the power of storytelling for your business

A Q&A session will follow.

This week's panelists include:

-Jessica Brauer, Communications Consultant

-Wendy Lopez, Business Recruitment Manager – Wyoming Business Council

-Jill Kline, State Director - Wyoming SBDC Network

-Sarah Hamlin, Regional Director - Wyoming SBDC Network

-Nicholas Giraldo, Market Researcher - Wyoming SBDC Network

-Jake Dixon, Marketing Manager - Wyoming SBDC Network

The program is free. To sign up, go to Wyoming SBDC Network.

Legislative Management Council Meeting Slated for Friday

The Management Council of the Wyoming Legislature will meet in an online session at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 25. The meeting will be held remotely due the COVID-19 health emergency, and the livestream will be available on the Legislature's website at www.wyoleg.gov.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider draft legislation relating to the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting will be held remotely with a live video stream available on the Legislature's Website. Public comments may be submitted to Management Council at: www.wyoleg.gov.

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