In a statement released Monday (March 30), Laramie County Commissioners said that they want to remind citizens to be cautious when consuming and sharing information, especially in relation to local and state governments' response to COVID-19.

The Commissioners emphasize that decisions made in response to the pandemic are not made "in a vacuum or solely by individuals without extensive consultation and having accurate information."

Officials also ask that the public be aware of where information is coming from. If they hear "conflicting information in regard to governmental policies, orders or decisions, that they confirm from the official sites or entities, the accuracy of the information."

Here are links to official Cheyenne, Laramie Country, and Wyoming governments' COVID-19 information:

Below is the full statement from the Laramie County Commissioners:

An informed and involved public is critical to an effective response to this emergency. Members of the public need consistent and accessible information to act in their own and our society’s best interests both short and long term. We are, literally, all in this together. Individual behavior and actions effect the well-being of everyone in the community.

Despite the difficulties this emergency imposes, our society and our infrastructure remain strong and are capable of adapting to this current emergency. Local governmental entities and organizations are on the front line in responding to this evolving situation. Consistent, accurate and easily accessible information provided by governmental organizations in making the policies and decisions needed to give the citizens the tools they need.

Elected officials in all branches of government in Laramie County are in constant and regular communication with each other as well as local County Health Department, County Health Officer, Emergency Management as well as the State and Federal authorities.

Under Wyoming law, primary authority for decisions and orders regarding closure of businesses, limitations on gathering sizes and general public access, lies with the State and County Health Departments. Local governments have significantly more limited powers in these areas and can be ‘preempted ’or superseded by State authority.

Decisions about policy, rules and orders to protect public health are made in consultation among the governmental entities and organizations. None of the decisions or orders issued are made in a vacuum or solely by individuals without extensive consultation and having accurate information. Information is available on the official websites, Facebook pages and directly from government entities.

Citizens are advised that if they receive information from other sources or conflicting information in regard to governmental policies, orders or decisions, that they confirm from the official sites or entities, the accuracy of the information. We recommend contacting the Cheyenne/Laramie County Health Department with any questions or concerns: https://covid19-clcgisc.hub.arcgis.com/

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