Wyoming Statute §35-1-240 gives the Wyoming State Health Officer the sole authority to issue orders as necessary to protect public health and control the spread of communicable diseases. There are a limited amount of medical resources and bedspace available at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County and Carbon County’s regional tertiary care facilities are presently strained with their existing critical care and regular medical ward hospital bedspace. Carbon County’s COVID-19 cases are spreading at an exponential rate, and the virus is growing faster in Wyoming than any other state.
The Carbon County Health Officer, Dr. Marvin Wayne Couch, II, and the State Health Officer, Dr. Alexia Harrist, have issued a mask mandate for Carbon County. This order applies to certain public settings and provides a list of exceptions to this requirement. The mandate begins on November 18, 2020, and will continue in effect through December 4, 2020, unless rescinded or modified.
This mandate is a step taken to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, to limit the burden to Carbon County’s medical resources and is made with the hope of preserving quality medical care for those who need it now or in the future. Though it is not possible to eliminate the COVID-19 virus, wearing a mask in public can slow the rate of its spread and increase the chances of survival for those who do get the virus by allowing them to receive necessary treatment.
This mandate is separate from other orders issued by the Wyoming State Health Officer, the Carbon County Health Officer and the existing operating plans for the Carbon County School Districts.
A copy of the order can be found on the Carbon County website. If you have any further questions about COVID-19, please contact Carbon County Public Health at 307-328-2607.