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COVID-19 daily briefing: June 1, 2020

Gov. Mark Gordon stands with several rodeo leaders during a press conference May 27, 2020, inside the Capitol in Cheyenne. Gordon and the representatives announced the cancellation of the six largest rodeos in Wyoming due to COVID-19 concerns. The board of the Cody Stampede has since said it never agreed to a cancellation of its event and will still attempt to hold it. (Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle/Wyoming News Exchange)

As of 11 a.m., June 1, 2020 

  1. Wyoming: Confirmed cases of COVID-19: 693. Deaths: 17. Recovered: 658. Probable, untested cases: 210. 
  2. By county: Fremont County leads the state with 248 confirmed cases, followed by Laramie with 122, Teton with 69, Natrona with 63, Washakie with 31 and Sweetwater with 22. All 23 Wyoming counties have now reported at least one positive case.  
  3. Testing: 24,183 tests have been administered and processed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health
  4. United States: 1,790,191 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Institute. Total deaths: 104,383 — Total recoveries: 444,785.
  5. The latest: Health officials announced two more COVID-19 deaths, both in Fremont County, since the end of last week. The first, announced Friday, was an older woman who had been hospitalized and who had certain health conditions that put her at higher risk of COVID-19 complications, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. The second, announced Sunday, was an adult woman who had been hospitalized but did not have known conditions that put her at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19, according to DOH. Both were members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, according to Facebook posts from the Northern Arapaho Business Council. Eight Fremont County residents have died from COVID-19-related complications, the most of any county; all have been Northern Arapaho tribal members. “It is with great sadness that I again offer condolences on behalf of the Business Council to the family and friends of another tribal member who recently passed from COVID-19 related complications,” a May 31 NABC Facebook post read. “We pray for comfort and healing during this difficult time.” The post also included a message directed at tribal youth: “Help us meet our prayers half way, we plead for you to join our fight to save lives and protect our people and elders by following public health guidelines and the stay-at-home order. Our people need you now more than ever and our community will weather this pandemic together.”
  6. More news: The wave of unemployment claims in the state may have crested, according to Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Robin Cooley, the Sheridan Press reports. Demand is increasing for childcare and nutrition assistance, Department of Family Services Director Korin Schmidt told lawmakers, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. Camping in Wyoming State Parks reopens to out-of-state residents today.  

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