CASPER, Wyo. — Livestock markets and auctions are exempt from a Wyoming statewide public health order which prohibits people from gathering in groups larger than 10.
While livestock markets are exempt from that order, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and Wyoming Livestock Board issued health safety guidelines on Thursday, April 2.
“Governor [Mark] Gordon’s Executive Order on March 13, 2020 declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ordered the Director of the Wyoming Department of Health to take all appropriate and necessary actions to address threats to public health, safety, and welfare,” the WDA and WLSB said. “Subsequently, the Wyoming Department of Health(WDH) issued a Statewide Public Health Order Continuation on Gatherings which forbids gatherings of more than 10 people and outlines best practices to slow the spread of the virus including maintaining six feet of space between individuals, avoiding touching faces, and covering coughs or sneezes with elbows or tissues.”
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“Livestock auctions are exempted from the WDH order, but it is critical that livestock markets institute changes to protect their staff, sellers, and buyers.”
People are encouraged to practice the following health safety precautions:
-Familiarize yourself and follow local guidance regarding assembly of crowds that may differ from State and Federal guidance.
-Carefully consider if an auction could be postponed or hosted virtually and chose these alternatives if possible.
-Limit customer numbers to ensure enough space to maintain six feet of separation between people.
-Sellers should depart after unloading to view the sale online.
-Exchange of checks should be done through the mail or at least occur in the parking lot to avoid congregating customers.
-All employees, buyers and sellers must remain home if exhibiting symptoms of illness and vulnerable and immunocompromised individuals should exercise extreme caution to avoid gatherings.
-Provide ample opportunities for hand washing and disinfecting.
-Clean and disinfect all commonly used areas with particular attention to restrooms and ensuring restocking of soap, paper towels and hand sanitizer.
-Consider closing all areas of the auction market that are not necessary for the sale to prevent mingling and loitering.
-Provide staggered times for in-person viewing of stock that accommodates small groups.
-Clearly communicate and enforce your policies with special attention to your website and social media platforms.WDA and WLSB
“Orders issued after the date of April 2, 2020 may be more restrictive and current information can be found on Governor Gordon’s COVID-19 website at https://covid19.wyo.gov/home,” the release adds.
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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: email@example.com
- 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.