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Gordon allocates $90 million in CARES Act funds to help Wyoming agriculture recover


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming received about $1.25 billion in federal CARES Act funding to respond to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and this funding must be expended by the end of the year.

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has allocated $90 million in CARES Act funds to help the state’s agriculture industry recover, the Wyoming Business Council said on Wednesday.

“Governor Gordon reserved funding for agricultural operations in anticipation the industry would require mitigation assistance by the end of summer and early fall,” the WBC said. “The Business Council is in the process of finalizing the new Agriculture Fund, which comes under the existing COVID-19 Business Relief Program, and will be targeted to agricultural producers in Wyoming.”

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“The dollars are scheduled to become available in early November with the program closing by the end of the month. More details will be released later in October at www.wyobizrelief.org.”

Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to ensure their accounting is up to date so that they can take advantage of the relief funding when it becomes available.

The WBC has been administering three COVID relief programs created by the Wyoming Legislature during their special session this spring.

Those programs allocated $325 million if federal CARES Act funds to provide relief to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits who were impacted by the pandemic.

“The Wyoming Business Council is distributing these dollars through the COVID-19 Business Relief Program, which has been broken down into three funds – the Interruption Fund, the Relief Fund, and the Mitigation Fund,” the WBC said. “For more information about the Business Relief Program, please contact Strategic Partnerships Director Ron Gullberg at 307-286-9519 or ron.gullberg@wyo.gov.”

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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.