A Second Shutdown May be Looming | Big Horn Basin Media

A Second Shutdown May be Looming

Written by on November 9, 2020

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon sent out a letter to state employees on Thursday voicing his concerns that a second shutdown may be in the states future if coronavirus cases continuously ascend.

Gordons main concern is the spike that has taken place in government buildings along the wellbeing of businesses across the state.

Gordon wrote in the letter that “the rising number of positive cases and quarantines among state employees is impacting our operations, our ability to deliver products and services, and is resulting in numerous building closures.”

Just in the last week 20 state employees have tested positive for the virus along with 152 state employees requesting time off due to a positive test. There is only one employee working in the state central mail room with the rest currently in quarantine.

Gordon wrote that, “our ability to provide critical services across the state is critical to Wyoming’s economy and to ensure the public health and safety of its communities. The impacts to our state workforce…foreshadow the possibility of future business closures due to staffing shortages and sick workers. No one wants to see that.”

Gordon has reinforced what he and public health officer Dr. Alexa Harris have stated all along in that wearing a face cover and social distancing are good practices to refrain from contracting or spreading the virus.

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