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Wyoming Department of Health: COVID-19 situation ‘rapidly developing’


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health said on Monday, March 16 that they will continue to monitor COVID-19 coronavirus in the state.

“We don’t yet know exactly how easily COVID-19 spreads and how many people will experience severe illness,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. “We expect to identify more cases in the upcoming days and weeks. While we are facing a rapidly developing situation, the risk to most Wyoming residents remains low at this time.”

The department encourages people to sty home when sick and to avoid contact with other people unless medical attention is needed.

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“This is the number one way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or other illness in our communities,” the department says.

People should also wash their hands “often and well,” cover sneezes and coughs and clean and disinfect “surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

The Wyoming Department of Health also encourage people to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for further recommendations about what to do if people are sick.

“Operators of nursing homes and other healthcare facilities should closely follow guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for infection control and prevention, including those that restrict visitation,” the department adds. “As much as possible, Wyoming’s assisted living facilities should follow the same infection control and prevention practices as nursing homes related to COVID-19, including those that restrict visitation.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently recommending that events larger than 50 people should be cancelled or postponed.

“Older people and those with health conditions that meant they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should be careful to avoid crowds or situations where they may be in close contact with others,” the Wyoming Department of Health adds. “Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 should avoid all nonessential air travel.”

“Everyone should follow CDC recommendations to avoid foreign travel to many areas and cruise ship travel. Everyone should carefully consider COVID-19 risks and their personal situation before any significant travel within the United States.”

More CDC travel advice can be found online.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides more COVID-19 information online.

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: 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.