To no ones surprise, the top news story on Wyotoday.com and the Wind River Radio Network of 2020 is the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. No other story amassed the number of posts than this continuing threat to the personal and economic health of the community, state, nation and world.
Since the virus was first identified in March, Wyotoday.com has posted 1,135 stories on the spread and impacts of the pandemic through today. The virus, through News Year Eve, has resulted in 60 deaths of Fremont County Resident; Sixteen residents of Washakie County have been killed by the virus and there has been one death in Hot Springs County attributed to the virus.
As 2020 ends and we look forward to 2021, the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are finally reaching Fremont County and the Wind River Reservation. But the two doses required and the time between when the doses can be administered doesn’t mean the virus will be tamed anytime soon. The vaccines are being distributed on the basis of a state’s population, which means Wyoming is last on the list.
Public Health officials continue to seek the public’s cooperation by wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, social distancing and staying at home if feeling ill.
Wyotoday.com’s top list of other 2020 stories comes from our readers and followers. The posts below were the most read during the past year.
Other than COVID-19, here are the top stories as chosen by our readers:
Homicide in Riverton Thurs., Police arrest two
On Thursday, March 26, 2020 at approximately 5:09 A.M. Officers of the Riverton Police Department responded to the 1300 block of E. Sunset for a report of a self-inflicted gunshot to a male subject from Riverton. Upon investigation, a 37 year old male from Riverton identified as Mario Mills was arrested for the 1stDegree Murder of the subject. Also arrested during the course of the investigation was 43 year old Courtnie Mills of Riverton for Accessory After the Fact.