CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Mayor Steve Freel briefly addressed the surging COVID-19 situation in the area during the city council’s Tuesday, Oct. 20 meeting.
“We’re not in a good spot right now,” Freel said. “The virus is within our community. I personally know a 15 year old that has it.”
Freel also said he had spoken with a doctor who facilitated a conversation between a COVID patient and his wife in the early morning hours over the weekend.
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“They had to say goodbye over a telephone,” Freel said. “It is an issue and I’ll address the issue.”
Freel said he would be addressing the COVID situation in greater depth during a press conference at 3 pm Thursday. Council members Charlie Powell and Mike Huber also addressed the surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations during the meeting as described in this article.
A day after council’s work session last week, Natrona County health officials gathered at the Wyoming Medical Center as the WMC saw a record 21 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Wednesday.
The surge in cases in the area led the WMC to stop accepting most patients from outside Natrona, with the exception of trauma, heart attack and stroke patients.
The surge has not relented since last week. The Wyoming Department of Health reported a record number of COVID patients in hospitals across the state on Monday.
Wyoming also saw a record 251 new lab confirmed cases reported on Monday. Four additional COVID-19 related deaths among Wyoming residents were reported Tuesday, along with 146 new lab confirmed cases. There were 300 active lab confirmed cases in Natrona as of 3 pm Tuesday, according to the WDH.
If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:
Mayor Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 259-1276
Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 359-3673
Councilman Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 577-6042
Councilman Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 337-5057
- (307) 277-7377
Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 473-1247
Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 262-8237
Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 472-1837
Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):
- (307) 266-4188
Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):
- (307) 258-1226
Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601
If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.
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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.