Wyoming’s pandemic response plan for the COVID-19 outbreak gives the state health officer sweeping powers but leaves important decisions regarding closures, rationing of expected shortages and patient triage to local governments and institutions.

The 80-page Pandemic Influenza Response Plan will guide reaction to the worldwide outbreak, Wyoming’s State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said at a press conference Thursday. Despite its official title as an influenza plan, parts of it will serve as a framework for response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, she confirmed.

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