CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon signed an Executive Order, yesterday March 14, rescinding the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
To facilitate efforts to address the state’s nursing shortage, the Governor has also signed an Executive Order to allow working nurses time to get licensed in Wyoming.
Executive Order 2022-03, “Executive Order Rescinding Declaration Of A State Of Emergency And Public Health Emergency” immediately rescinds Executive Order 2020-2.
Gordon signed Executive Order 2020-2 nearly two years ago to the day on March 13, 2020.
Gordon announced his plans to rescind the order in an announcement on Feb. 28, 2022.
“Wyoming has done a wonderful job in persevering through the pandemic,” Governor Gordon said.
“The emergency is over, but people’s responsibility to one another is not. There is one lingering concern – Wyoming’s shortage of healthcare workers. This shortage includes nurses, and has existed long-before COVID and was only exacerbated by the pandemic. Therefore, Executive Order 2022-02 “Nurse And Nursing Assistant Staffing Emergency And Temporary Relief” is effective today and remains in effect for 60 days.”
Executive Order 2022-02 allows nurses and nursing assistants licensed in other jurisdictions to provide nursing care in Wyoming in order to address staffing shortages.