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After telling Chinese to ‘stop eating bats,’ Cheney blames Democrats for COVID-19 aid delay

(Oil City File, Trevor T. Trujillo)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s United States Representative Liz Cheney has directed criticism in several directions amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country.

China’s Foreign Ministry Information Department director Hua Chunying took issue with some American messaging around COVID-19 on Twitter.

“China has been updating the US on the coronavirus and its response since Jan. 3,” Hua said on March 19. “On Jan. 15 the US State Department notified Americans in China [of the] US CDC’s warning about the coronavirus. And now blame China for delay? Seriously?”

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Cheney responded to this message sarcastically.

“How about you stop eating bats. Seriously,” Cheney said in response to Hua’s tweet on March 20.

That wasn’t the first time Cheney blamed China for the COVID-19 situation in the United States.

“We must never forget: We are in the midst of a pandemic lockdown today because the Chinese Communist regime cared more about suppressing information than suppressing a virus,” Cheney said on March 18.

Since that time, Cheney has turned her criticism toward Democrats in Washington D.C.

“Senate Democrats are blocking emergency relief for Americans suffering from our public health and economic crisis,” Cheney said on Twitter on March 22. “Lives are on the line. Literally. Quit playing politics & pass the bill.”

She reiterated similar criticism a day later.

“Democrats, led by @SpeakerPelosi & @SenSchumer, are blocking emergency relief during this public health and economic crisis,” Cheney said on Twitter. “They are holding up life-saving aid with demands that the Green New Deal be added to the bill. This is abhorrent and indefensible.”

Cheney again called for the need for the U.S. Congress to do something to help the country address the COVID-19 situation on Tuesday, March 24.

“There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus,” she said.

The Associated Press said on Tuesday that Congress is moving closer to passing a nearly $2 trillion aid package meant to address economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.


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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: 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.