Sniffin: Cowboy State’s COVID Stats Prove This Is a Very Safe Place

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Sniffin: Cowboy State’s COVID Stats Prove This Is a Very Safe Place


What a slog the last six months have been, as we have had to deal with a mysterious worldwide viral pandemic called COVID-19.

Do I really want to write about COVID-19? Is everybody out there as tired about talking about the coronavirus epidemic as I am?

Now, let me be clear. I am not saying this is not a big story. And for sure, it is a gigantic international health emergency. When it started, I thought this might be the biggest news story of my career. Nationwide, the number of deaths approaches 200,000. But covering the story has become somewhat wearisome.

In my day job as publisher of the Cowboy State Daily digital news service platform, we counted 550 stories about coronavirus that we produced so far in 2020. What an extraordinary number!

And how people react to the virus is so political. There has been many a dispute across the Cowboy State in the past six months where mask wearers have been upset with their non-mask-wearing brethren. (By the way, at my age, I try to always wear my mask.)

The country is torn apart. Most recently there has been rioting in the streets. These protests have crossed over to the pro football, basketball and baseball leagues.

A bunch of ornery sorts have given up watching pro sports because of it. In that group of coffee drinkers that I call the Fox News All-Stars here in Lander, nine out of 11 guys recently told me they gave up watching professional sports.

I am still watching. Hard to give up pro sports. But these formerly dedicated sports watchers have given it up because of all the distractions. They do not watch pro sports anymore – except hockey and golf, I guess.

Apparently, COVID-19 is still rampant across the country. There is one prominent Wyomingite in his 50s who got really sick and is still reeling from the consequences. Based on what he went through, yikes. This is not something to sneeze at – literally.

But then again, a few years ago, a good friend of ours died of flu complications, and she was in her early 50s and in good health. There are lots of bad bugs out there.

Our state statistics are amazing. Wyoming’s coronavirus numbers just blow my mind. …

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