Wyoming ranked fourth riskiest state to travel to during the pandemic

WYOMING — Forbes magazine has ranked the top ten riskiest states to travel to during the pandemic, placing Wyoming at number four. South Dakota, North Dakota, and Iowa sit at positions one, two, and three.

The ranking criteria are based on case counts and state-wide restrictions, or lack thereof. Wyoming is ranked fourth because of the 125.8 new cases daily per 100,000 people. At the time of publishing,  43.4% of COVID tests are positive in the state. Governor Gordon still refuses to implement a state-wide mask mandate, leaving it up to town and county governments to set their own restrictions.

Of the 23 counties in Wyoming, three counties have active mask mandates, including, Teton, Laramie, and Albany counties. The Wind River Reservation also has a mask mandate. As of Monday, Nov. 16, eight more counties have pending requests with the state. These counties include Natrona, Sweetwater, Sheridan, Park, Lincoln, Goshen, Sublette, and Hot Springs counties.


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