Eric Barlow q4

What we are experiencing is unprecedented in recent times and Wyoming is dealing with multiple challenges. The health concerns are very real and I pray we avoid worse scenarios.

Much of our success has been accomplished through individual responsibility and that must continue.

The economic punch we are experiencing has compounded the disease issue with unemployment, loss of health care coverage and financial uncertainty for too many.

Congress provided numerous resources to assist and the Legislature also convened a special session to help address some of the challenges businesses and Wyoming’s residents are facing. The resources are going to struggling businesses, renters, support to hospitals and nursing homes, schools, law enforcement and other programs dealing with the crisis firsthand.

These efforts in conjunction with the continued work of local faith and civic organizations are more important than ever for us to stay strong and stay Wyoming.

As for the Department of Health, currently there are distinct statutory roles within it and for county health officers.

I understand there are frustrations and I believe when the legislature reconvenes we can have a thoughtful and productive dialogue about adjustments that would protect our freedoms and our health.

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