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Wyoming Symphony Orchestra to cancel weekend concert due to coronavirus

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra takes the stage after intermission during the March 30, 2019, performance at NCHS in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra has decided to cancel its concert performance scheduled for this Saturday amid the spread of coronavirus.

“Dr Dowell strongly recommended to us to do it,” said the WSO executive director Rachel Bailey, “we just felt it was the responsible thing to do.”

Bailey said the move is in line with other regional orchestras who are also cancelling performances nationally.

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Thursday saw a slew of cancellations as organizations and officials rushed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Bailey said the orchestra had hoped to get the performance in before the virus spread to Wyoming, but that changed when the state’s first confirmed case was reported last night.

Months of planning had already been put into the performance, with hours of individual practice by the orchestra’s musicians.

Acclaimed violin soloist Simon Porter was scheduled to play a Beethoven concerto with the orchestra as well.

“That’s the hardest part of the cancellation, so much practivce has gone into it and it’s devastating not to be able to share it,” said Bailey.

Bailey said the musicians would all be paid for their work.

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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.