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Events Center prepared for emergency use during COVID-19 pandemic

Members, viewers, and participants of a Casper City Council meeting tour the Casper Events Center in June of 2019 (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Mayor Steve Freel announced Friday that the Casper Events Center is among facilities that has the potential to be used by the City of Casper and Natrona County for possible emergency use in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Events Center would potentially serve as a backup to the Community Medical Shelter at Westwood facility, we have been diligently working to utilize the Casper Events Center as an additional resource.

The Westwood facility is available to anyone needing to self-isolate pending the results of a COVID-19 test or is sick and is otherwise unable to self-isolate. Freel said this includes homeless persons, elderly residents who may not be able to care for themselves at home, or anyone who does not have the ability to self-isolate.

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“As our largest indoor venue in town, the event center is able to offer amenities we need such as sufficient electric capacity, restroom facilities and spaces available for both patients, health care workers, safety personnel as well as a centralized large storage location for much needed supplies,” Freel said in a speech Friday afternoon, April 3, 2020. “While we do not anticipate the immediate – or guaranteed future .use of this facility. It’s a step we’re taking, proactively, while we still have the time and resources to make sure Casper is as prepared as possible for our inevitable wave of this pandemic. “

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.