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Wyoming Governor: “This isn’t going to be over in two weeks”

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon says that current orders for closures and suspension of services from some businesses are “intended to save lives and protect human health,” and warns that further orders may be issued in the future.

“This isn’t going to be over in two weeks,” Governor Gordon warned residents, during a media briefing Monday afternoon. “This is going to impact life in Wyoming for a long time to come. We are going to have community spread. We have community spread. But the actions people take now will make a difference.”

“I emphasize the number of confirmed positives is not an accurate indicator of the presence of COVID-19 in Wyoming,” Gordon told reporters Monday. “There are likely more people who are positive. While we continue to increase our testing capacity, like every other state in the country, testing supplies are limited. That means that many people who may be positive are not yet tested. Given that we can’t test everyone, the one thing we can do is limit the spread by social distancing measures.”

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Gordon went on to say that he hoped individuals and businesses complied with closure orders, and emphasized that he respects property rights.

“I think it is really important that every Wyoming citizen understand, that it is their responsibility to exercise their right to do the right thing,” Gordon said. “It is absolutely imperative that we address this quickly so we don’t overrun our medical capacity.”

The Governor stopped short of suggesting a so-called “shelter-in-place” order, saying that he and the health department officials did not think such an order was necessary at this time.

“We can hopefully look to Wyoming being a bellwether, a state that really leads the nation in not having to proceed to a shelter-in-place. But that can only come with citizens stepping up and doing their part. By social distancing, maintaining good hygiene, and doing their best to maintain these orders.”


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.


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.