Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Wyoming, US, order travelers entering the state to self-quarantine for 14 days through April 30. Other restrictions in place.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Casper, Wyoming
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Laramie, Wyoming
  • Rock Springs, Wyoming
  • Gillette, Wyoming
  • Sheridan, Wyoming
  • Riverton, Wyoming
  • Cody, Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This alert began 06 Apr 2020 13:15 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Wyoming (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least April 30
  • Impact: Travel and movement restrictions, significant transport disruptions

Summary
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon issued travel and extended ongoing movement and business restrictions through at least April 30 as part of the state's effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Any person entering the state for non-work purposes, including residents, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days or until they leave the state through at least April 30. The measure does not apply to people going to a different state. Officials also extended measures to close multiple businesses, including bars, gyms, cinemas, hair salons, and in-person services in restaurants, as well as schools statewide, until at least April 30. Restaurants may provide delivery and pick-up services. Gatherings of ten or more people will also remain banned until at least April 30,and officials urge residents to remain at home as much as possible.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will almost certainly deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measure. Officials could amend the order at short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Wyoming authorities are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
WHO coronavirus knowledge base: www.who.int

State of Wyoming - COVID-19 Updates: https://covid19.wyo.gov

Governor of Wyoming: https://governor.wyo.gov