All adults in Sheridan County are now required to wear masks.
An order requiring face coverings – masks – was issued earlier this week by Public Health Officer Dr. Ian Hunter and posted on the Sheridan County website, but the order couldn’t go into effect until it was signed by Wyoming State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist.
That has now happened, and the order officially goes into effect Wednesday and will remain in effect through Dec.. 4.
The order requires all adults within Sheridan County to wear facial coverings in certain places open to the public, including businesses, with some exceptions.
Dr. Harrist has approved similar orders in 11 other Wyoming counties.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people infected with COVID-19 may not have symptoms, but they can still be contagious. In addition, many individuals may only experience mild symptoms and not recognize they are infected and contagious.
Wearing a face cover helps prevent the spread of droplets that might be infectious. Wearing facing covers, combined with physical distancing of at least six feet, staying home when sick and frequent hand washing can help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The full public health order for Sheridan County can be viewed online at