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Wyo. Business Council offering Q&A sessions prior to launch of $225 million COVID-19 relief programs


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Business Council is hosting two sessions to answer people’s questions about Wyoming’s COVID-19 Business Relief Fund and the COVID-19 Mitigation Fund.

Governor Mark Gordon has announced that applications will be accepted for the $175 million “Relief Fund” program and the $50 million “Mitigation Fund” program beginning at 10 am Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The Wyoming Business Council is administering both programs which are available to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic. They are hosting the two sessions to answer questions anyone has before the programs launch.

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“The webinars are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 a.m,” the Wyoming Business Council says. “Visit www.wyobizrelief.org to register or to find more information about applying. Applications for both relief programs open on the website Tuesday after 10 a.m.”

When the programs launch, half of the funding will be made available to “businesses and nonprofits that have already incurred COVID-19 related losses or expenses.” The remaining funds will be disbursed “at a later date to ensure funding is available to assist entities that anticipate losses and expenses later in the year.”

“We understand the difficulties seasonal businesses like agriculture, tourism and many retail stores may have in calculating losses and expenses right now as they are still in the midst of their typical season,” Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said. “For that reason, we have set aside half the funding in the Relief Fund and Mitigation Fund to help entities that may accrue additional losses or expenses later this year.”  

Applicants are encouraged to consult with accountants, lenders or other business advisors as to “when the best time to apply might be.”

“Eligible entities are only able to apply once for these programs,” the Wyoming Business Council adds.

The WBC provides further information about both programs as follows:

The Relief Fund has a total of $50 million set aside for businesses and nonprofits required to close by public health order and an additional $125 million available to cover COVID-19 related expenses and direct or indirect losses due to public health orders. Awards up to $300,000 are available. Businesses must employ 100 or fewer people. Eligible nonprofits include 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), 501(c)(12) and 501(c)(19) with at least one paid full-time employee and no more than 50 percent of time spent on lobbying. 

The Mitigation Fund reimburses all Wyoming businesses and nonprofits that have incurred employee and customer health and safety expenses that were a direct impact of COVID-19. The Mitigation Fund has a total of $50 million available with awards up to $500,000.

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The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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: covid@cnchd.org

  • 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.