Here is a recap of this morning’s top Wyo4News stories.
- The Wyoming Department of Health recorded another 703 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. That number is down considerably from Tuesday’s record one-day high of 1,162. Sweetwater County’s new case count shot up to 68 Wednesday, 28 more than Tuesday. More information here.
- Yesterday a mask mandate for Sweetwater County was approved by Wyoming State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist. The county’s mask mandate, which started yesterday and will be in effect until Friday, Dec. 4, requires wearing a face-covering outside of homes in a variety of public and business situations. More information here.
- Sweetwater County Sheriff John Grossnickel released a statement saying his office would not enforce the Sweetwater County mask mandate. More information here. Sweetwater County Attorney Dan Erramouspe issued a statement that his office would not prosecute violators of the mandate. More information here.
- Tonight’s Wyoming Cowboy home football game with Utah State was canceled yesterday. A statement from the Mountain West Conference read, “Due to an upward trend of COVID-19 cases within the Utah State football program, the Aggies are unable to participate in the scheduled football game on Thursday, Nov. 19, at Wyoming. Therefore, the Mountain West is canceling the game and declaring it a no contest. There is no plan to reschedule the game.”
- Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney all applauded the announcement that new MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters will be based at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. The Grey Wolf will replace the current UH-1N Huey helicopter fleet. F.E. Warren will also receive $75 million in construction funding to support the upgrade. Air Force officials said the new MH-139 helicopters close the capability gaps in speed, range, endurance, payload, and survivability in support of the base’s ICBM missions.
- Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative and the Wyoming Governor’s Residence Foundation launched Project #ThankfulWyoming this month and allocated $50,000 to anti-hunger nonprofit organizations in each of Wyoming’s 23 counties. The funds will be directed specifically to ensure Wyoming families in need have a Thanksgiving meal. Wyoming Hunger Initiative joined forces with many corporate and private partners so that funding could go to all Wyoming counties.
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