CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Governor’s office has announced a briefing concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, scheduled for 3:30 pm, April 3. Oil City News is sharing the live feed of this briefing courtesy of the Wyoming Public Broadcasting System‘s YouTube channel.
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Governor Mark Gordon:
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- Practice Social Distancing and good hygiene
- Stay home
- Wash your hands
- Stay six feet from others
- Don’t mob stores
- Only go to stores if needed
- Don’t allow kids to gather for playdates
- Governor: “If you’re waiting for me to issue a Shelter in Place order[…]” “[…]what are you waiting for?”
- Conditions continue to change.
- Existing Public Health Orders extended to April 30, in alliance with federal orders.
- Governor: “we should all be committed to the same thing right now, staying home and avoiding gatherings.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Ballow:
- All 48 school district have adapted learning plans for all students.
Governor Mark Gordon:
- Any person coming to Wyoming from another state for a non-work related purpose, must self-quarantine 14 days.
- Grocery stores asked to monitor number of people in a store at any given time.
- One person per household on a grocery trip is advised.
State Epidemiologist Alexi Harrist:
- There are more cases in the State than those being tracked currently by labs.
- If you have a fever or a cough, assume you have COVID-19
- Most people can recover at home under self-isolation
- If you are having difficulty breathing or have a health emergency call 911.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.