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While eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Park County over the weekend, 26 people have recovered from the virus since Friday. There are now 18 active cases in the county.

The new status was announced by Dr. Aaron Billin, Park County Public Health officer, early Sunday morning.

Over Friday and Saturday, Park County crossed the century mark for cases with 102 positive confirmed tests among residents since March. Five of those new cases came after a recent political meet and greet at downtown restaurant Gasthaus Cardi.

The county has also had 10 probable cases, 89 recoveries and no deaths since the pandemic began. In the past two days, one probable case was also discovered.

The political event July 19 at the downtown Cody restaurant resulted in significant exposure to COVID-19 with five positive tests, Billin announced in a statement last week.

He said contact tracing began as soon as public health became aware of the positive cases. He first became aware the restaurant closed voluntarily Thursday.

“If you attended this event, please monitor your symptoms (including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or loss of smell/taste), call your healthcare provider and consider being tested,” he said. “If you were in close contact with someone who was feeling ill, visibly symptomatic, or later became ill; please limit your contact with others until you have received instructions from your healthcare provider.”

For questions, call the Public Health Office at (307) 527-8570. 

While Billin said he did not want to disclose the name of the restaurant, there was only one local public event advertised Sunday at a downtown restaurant. This was a “Meet & Greet” event held outdoors at the establishment for state senate candidate Tim French and house candidates Dan Laursen, Nina Webber and Rachel Rodriguez-Williams at Gasthaus Cardi.

Over the weekend, the four candidates and the owners of Gasthaus Cardi, Chuck and Ricki Struemke, released a statement on the matter, expressing hope everyone infected following the event would recover.

“We were devastated when we were made aware that a few attendees at our event have tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement reads in part. “We are gratified and happy that the establishment has acted in a responsible manner, voluntarily closing to review their COVID-19 protocols. We look forward to visiting our friends at the restaurant upon their reopening.

“Please pray for a swift recovery for those who have tested positive. Everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously; we must make decisions based on science and facts, and not let panic and emotion rule in reacting to COVID-19.”

At least seven tourists have tested positive in Cody and Yellowstone National Park but are not included in local numbers. Nine temporary residents have also tested positive.

Positive tests by municipality included 37 Powell residents, 31 in Cody, nine in the Pahaska area, four in Wapiti, three in Frannie and Garland, two in Crandall and one in Ralston and Yellowstone Park.

Recovery is defined as when a patient has gone three days without a fever and has seen improvement in respiratory problems.

Quarantine vs. Isolation

In recent weeks, Park County Public Health has clarified the difference between a quarantine and an isolation order.

Quarantine is reserved for people who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 but are not symptomatic. These people are instructed to remain at home but can be around other quarantined household members as long as they are not symptomatic. A quarantine period lasts for 14 full days.

The quarantine period is considered to start from the day when the point of contact with the infected individual occurred. Quarantine can be concluded on the 15th day.

Anyone who is symptomatic needs to be away from all people.

Isolation is for those who are confirmed positive for the virus from a test or are exhibiting symptoms and came in contact with someone who was confirmed positive. 

Isolated people need to separated from all other people. If they are not separated, their household members’ quarantine period will only begin after the isolated person is completely healthy.

Isolation lasts at least 10 full days from the positive test or the symptoms’ onset. If 10 days have passed, there have been no fever within 72 hours, and all symptoms are at least getting better, the patient may leave home on the 11th day. Any lack of those criteria will cause the isolation period to be extended.

Tests are not recommended to gain approval to return to work as people can still shed the virus months after getting it.

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Reflecting on what is going on nationally with the virus, it's a shame Americans by and large are too stupid to take this seriously and follow the advice of health experts. Specifically social distancing, wearing a mask, and avoiding large gatherings. Thus a pandemic rapidly getting out of control with no slowdown in sight. Driving around town any given day there a large crowds of people not socially distancing or wearing a mask. Should we be surprised that numbers are going up? I don't know that wearing a mask helps but it couldn't hurt. Ultimately maybe the solution is that the whole country gets it, those that live through it should have some immunity. You can bet that we have some folks that are asymptomatic super spreaders floating around with the dramatic increase in cases, and you never know where you are going to run into them.


We live out of town and leave our ranch once maybe every 10-14 days. Coincedentally, the same time as it takes to be sure you do/don't have a contagen. When I don't wear a mask, I am not risking anyone...they are risking my health, except for the fact that science says that their bandana is equivalent to a fence trying to keep out a mosquito, for all the good it does. Isn't science a B%T&H? We now shop at Blairs and they tell me that many Cody folks are now shopping there now. They are happy to serve me, and the Cody residents that show up. I am more than happy to leave my $$ with folks who appreciate it. Go figure.


Boy this little virus sure is stirring up the rats' (bats'?) nests, isn't it? Some of the comments here are fascinating, especially the one equating those who oppose the killing of millions of unborn babies who have no choice in the matter with murderers because they don't wear masks. Before covid, a murderer might have been wearing a mask. Now you're a murderer if you don't wear one! Gotta love it!


So it seems like people are willing to distort history to suit their narratives but this is what history has to say about no shirts no shoes no service. The leading theory is that the signs rose to prominence in direct opposition to the counterculture movement of the 1960s. The Society for Barefoot Living blog posted that the signs didn't even exist until 1970, but "spread like wild-fire" as more business owners looked for ways to keep out those long-haired, tie-dyed, barefooted hippies. What's clear from the history of the "Shirt and Shoes Required" sign is that it never had anything to do with enforcing health codes, despite the fact that several early versions of the sign included the addendum, "By order of the Board of Health."

In fact, no U.S. state has a law requiring restaurant patrons wear shoes. The Society for Barefoot Living went to the trouble of including copies of letters from every state department of health in the country saying that while food service employees must wear "proper attire," there are no rules for patrons. The main thing you should take from this is that it was the store owners doing the sign making and requirements, individual owners and they were well within their rights as the owners of the business. What's happening with Walmart and other places is not their decision. It is mandates being handed down by officials and bureaucrats under threats of heavy fines and the revoke of license. This is in direct violation of the business owners liberties, yes liberties that pesky little thing that won't seem to go away so you can force us all to wear masks. Liberties the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views,

the power or scope to act as one pleases. Civil liberties are protections against government actions. so liberty is a constitutional right, don't forget that. And just to prove my point that it is not Walmart willingly mandating mask they've already stated on CNN that they along with other retailers who announced the mandate will still serve customers who refuse to wear masks. People who willingly give up their liberties for the sake of safety will lose not only their liberties but their safety in the end.


Over in Teton County which was hit hard by the virus in February thanks to skiers and winter recreationists flying it in, the local newspaper ofr ecoprd Jackson Hole News & Guide publishes a daily tally of all businesses and facilities closed by Covid-19 including planned reopening dates.

This needs to be done in Cody and Park County . No excuses

By now we all know about the German restaurant and their reluctant closure and duplicity explainig it . What about the pseudo-ethnic eatery directly across the street from it ? Anyone else ? How would we know ?

Mask up people. Keep your distance. Avoid hot spots. The only way the virus will stop spreading is if we prevent people-to-people spread. The virus does only one thing: replicate. It isn't even alive. If the entire nation masked up and did their part, the virus would be history in a few weeks. That didn't happen . Ignorance and obstinance prevailed. If we're still dealing with Covid-19 or a variant of it a year from now, it means we learned nothing.


At Walmart this weekend, we wore our masks. Many people didn't have one on. The greeter at the door asked a woman to put on a mask, and she snapped 'NO! I don't have one!". If people would just do their part and wear the mask!

Daves Warm Nuts

I am going to miss their grey and brown food.

barbed wire bliss

Isn't it interesting how those who refuse to wear masks are the same ones who claim to be so pro-life? To quote Doc Holliday: "It appears their hypocrisy knows no bounds."


- and yet the reporting here fails to name the "political event" that was the Covid community spreader ?!??? Who is covering whom's exposed duff ? Doesn't the arch-Commandment of journalism require than we learn the basics of the news in the opening paragraph...the Five W's ...Who What Where When Why ? c'mon , Enterprise, do your job to the extent possible. The rest of us need to know who to avoid going forward.

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Mr. Jones --- no private commercial business is obligated to allow you on the premises or sell you anything if asked . They are within their legal rights to disallow you entry or services. We settled that decades ago. Let me append the common refrain dating back to the late 60's when shopkeepers didn't want those scruffy unkempt hippies in their establishment : No Shirt-No Shoes - NO FACEMASK - No Service.

Unless of course you carry with you at all times certification on paper from a pulmonologist or other M.D. describing your condition(s) as precluding wearing a mask. Or perhaps you could do us all a favor and at least wear a visor shield ? Is that asking too much ?

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Walmart has an "order online and pick up outside" service - Use it Jim Jones, unless. of course.. you thoroughly enjoy going to Walmart and other places and causing a big PROBLEM because you are refusing to wear a mask. Of course you do. Fall on the floor and have a tantrum Karen.


"Jim Jones" is the "Karen" of the obnoxious world. Don't go to Albertsons or Walmart if you are going to whine about a mask, OR put on your big boy pants and follow the rules. Sheesh.


Maybe you should do a little research. Even the WHO (world health org) say healthy people shouldn't wear face masks.

“If you do not have any repository symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask,” Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body’s website posted in March. “Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough.”

So you can either trust the Walmart/Albertson mandate or you can use what little common sense you have. Think about it for a minute. Last week they didn't require face masks. In a couple weeks from now they won't again. So what difference does it make? People don't get it that it's all political BS. There has been 24 covid deaths in Wyoming out of 560,000 people. None in Park County out of 26,000 people. Do you really feel that is so catastrophic that we need lock downs and face masks and destroying the economy? I don't.



I agree with you and I support your comments. Yours is among the most sensible comments I have read on this page.

I thought I would add my voice of support to simply push back a little against those here who would seek to force others to wear masks in public.

I hope you don't mind, I didn't mean to hijack your post.


If you look, the WHO has updated their statement, now saying that masks are an important part of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Americas own scientists have ALL stated that mask wearing is a vital part at prevent the spread of infection. This is NOT political BS, that is SCIENCE! Researched based, factual information. So far the number of deaths in Wyoming is low, however, our state is just now starting our curve, which is steadily increasing. There will be more deaths. How many depends on the actions of WY citizens following the guidelines we know to be effective, no matter what political party you belong to! Recommendations change as scientists learn more about the virus, that’s how science works. This virus doesn’t care which political party you belong to. Why can’t you anti-maskers just follow the scientific guidelines for the safety of your families, friends and your community? Show respect and compassion toward the people you would infect before you realized you were infected (usually2-4 days before the onset of symptoms) if you, unfortunately become infected. It’s not like it’s difficult, invasive or taking away any of your rights. As a former ER nurse, who’s husband is still an ER nurse, treating those patients suffering from COVID-19, I can tell you, even if you don’t die, it is a horrible experience. It leads to multiple problems in the systems of your body, not just your lungs. It also can and does leave people with life-long medical problems with your lungs, your heart, your kidneys and the recovery can take months. Is wearing a mask for a shopping trip really that much of a hardship for you? It sounds to me that you might be the one making this political, instead of focusing on your own and public safety.


Our public officials that are supposed to be setting an example for the community and they choose not to wear masks and look what happens I think it's time to vote those guys out if they're that stupid then we don't need them representing us poor example poor decisions


Why is it that, every time I question the "leadership" of this town, my comments get deleted?

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Quick question Mr. Jones ---do YOU wear a facemask in public ? Y ___ N ____

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Fox Blue River

What exactly is wrong with you Jim?

Fox Blue River

I wish they would have done this weeks ago. I'm glad they did the right thing now.

Jim Jones

Today's Walmart Health Ambassador is yesterday's shopping cart sanitizer.


Mister Jim Jones if you have a problem with that don't go


[crying] Direct quote from the ADA website regarding Face Mask Policies:

"If a person with a disability is not able to wear a face mask, state and local government agencies

and private businesses must consider reasonable modifications to a face mask policy so that the

person with the disability can participate in, or benefit from, the programs offered or goods and

services that are provided. Examples of reasonable modifications to a face mask policy:

Allow a person to wear a scarf, loose face covering, or full face shield instead of a face mask;

Allow customers to order online with curbside pick-up or no contact delivery in a timely manner;

Allow customers to order by phone with curb-side pick-up or no contact delivery in a timely manner;

Allow a person to wait in a car for an appointment and enter the building when called or texted; or

Offer appointments by telephone or video calls."


Jim Jones would miss his hobby of irritating people and shouting "I'M SPECIAL, I DON'T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK". Stay home, drink the kool-aide already.

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