Wyoming governor announces creation of five task forces to battle effects of coronavirus

Gov. Mark Gordon announced the creation of five task forces designed to tackle the effects of the spreading coronavirus in a press conference in which he chastised Wyomingites who rushed to hoard supplies in recent days.

“Think about actions and exercise common sense,” the governor said Monday in his fourth coronavirus news conference in the past six business days. “Wyoming, I know we’re better than this.”

Gordon and other state officials have been working rapidly in recent days to get out ahead of the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory condition called COVID-19. The disease has spread across the region, country and world; several states — including Wyoming — have declared states of emergency to combat the virus, which originated in China and has infected more than 3,500 people in the United States.