No fans allowed at Wyoming state basketball tournaments due to coronavirus - Casper, WY Oil City News
Oil City News Logo

No fans allowed at Wyoming state basketball tournaments due to coronavirus

KW’s Ross Padilla drives the ball during the 2018 Wyoming State High School 4A Basketball Championships on Friday, March 9, at the Casper Events Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

UPDATE: The tournament has now been cancelled.

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming High School Athletic Association 3A/4A state basketball tournaments in Casper have been closed to fans, according to the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

The Health Department released this statement on Thurdsday, March 12:

Article continues below...

Natrona County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Dowell made the decision at 0930 AM Thursday March 12, 2020 to allow only players, coaches, staff and officials into the Wyoming High School Activities Association 3A/4A basketball tournaments to reduce risk of community transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The tournaments are still scheduled to take place at the Casper Events Center and Casper College facilities.  No fans or spectators will be allowed to attend the games at either facility through the end of the tournaments Saturday.

Yesterday, March 11, 2020 the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Sheridan County.  There are still no confirmed cases in Natrona County.  Out of an abundance of caution to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 within Natrona County and the state, this difficult decision was made. 

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the Natrona County Health Officer recognizes and admires that many people travelled to Natrona County, students and coaches have worked very hard and are very disappointed in this result.  However, the health and safety of our community, citizens and visitors is of upmost priority.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department, Natrona County Health Officer, the Wyoming High School Activities Association, Casper Event Center and others are working collaboratively to relay this information to teams, fans, staff and citizens as quickly as possible.  All partners recognize the burden this causes and apologize for the inconvenience to all those effected both directly and indirectly.  

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department, Natrona-County Health Officer and all of our community partners are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they are available.  CNCHD and its partners are fully prepared for COVID-19 when it comes to our community and believe this step will further protect citizens, visitors and the community.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department encourages the following precautions and prevention for citizens:
• Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and  mouth
• Stay home if you are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning solutions
• Frequent and adequate hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
o *If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty

If you feel you are sick:
• Call your primary care provider prior to visiting the office
o If you do not have a primary care provider you may call the Casper-Natrona County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 307-577-9892
• DO NOT self-report to the Emergency Room
o *If you are experiencing difficulty breathing please call 911
• Testing will be determined based on symptoms, recent travel, and other factors determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in compliance with national and state guidelines

Casper-Natrona County Health Department

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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:

  • 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.