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UW cancels some Homecoming activities, move others online due to COVID-19

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CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming’s 2020 Homecoming will feature some virtual events and some traditional in-person activities have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With the postponement of the 2020 football season and the implementation of safety protocols to protect the well-being of our students, faculty, staff and guests, UW leadership concluded that in-person alumni Homecoming traditions could not be held with the integrity, quality and safety level as past celebrations,” UW Alumini Association (UWAA) Executive Director Keener Fry said in a Thursday, Sept. 17 announcement from UW.

The Homecoming parade and 50th Club Reunion have been cancelled this year. Alumni from the class of 1970 will be invited back to UW in fall 2021.

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“The Distinguished Alumni and Medallion Service Award recognitions have been postponed until fall 2021,” UW adds. “The three Distinguished Alumni are David Burman, Nancy Freudenthal and Peter Sherman; the Medallion Service Award honoree is April Brimmer Kunz.”

Virtual activities are scheduled to take place from Oct. 10-17.

“There are various activities that the class of 1970 can participate in, such as filling out a form for the Memory Book or submitting a favorite song from the ’70s to be added to a Spotify playlist,” the release states. “All virtual activities for the class can be found on the Homecoming website at www.uwyo.edu/homecoming under the 50th Club Reunion page.”

“Beginning Saturday, Oct. 10, until Saturday, Oct. 17, all alumni can register online with the UWAA to receive a University Store electronic discount coupon. The University Store will give a discount of 25 percent to all alumni and a 50 percent discount to alumni from the class of 1970.”

UW says that homecoming activities for students will be posted to the Homecoming website on the student activities page. Those will be determined on a case by case basis following UW’s fall return plan guidelines.

“Our Homecoming plans may have changed, but that hasn’t changed the pride and spirit of the University of Wyoming community. Our most important priority is doing everything we can to protect our students, faculty, staff and UW guests,” Fry said. “We, like so many of you, want our alumni and friends to experience Homecoming in meaningful ways.”

“So, by adjusting to these changes and shifting our efforts in providing virtual components, we can keep the traditions of connectedness alive, regardless of where you are in the world.”

UW reminds people that face masks are required on campus and people are encouraged to maintain six feet of physical distance between others.

UniWyo Federal Credit Union is sponsoring UW’s Homecoming.

“For more information, call the UWAA at (307) 766-4166 or email uwalumni@uwyo.edu,” UW adds. “For updates on event activities, visit the Homecoming website at www.uwyo.edu/homecoming.”

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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: 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.