CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the state of Wyoming had a total of 41 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19.
The number is up from 40 earlier today.
The governor and other officials gave a live address online regarding Wyoming’s efforts to prepare and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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The governor repeatedly stressed the need to self-isolate and adhere to social distancing recommendations, warning that Wyoming’s healthcare system could be overwhelmed with a sudden surge of illnesses if the state does not “flatten the curve.”
“In Wyoming we have many small hospitals with only a few beds,” said Gordon.
“Our state’s medical community is working extremely hard, but if they’re sickened by this virus these facilities will be compromised,” he said.
When asked if he was considering a mandatory lock down on all citizens, the governor said the state had the ability for such an order but would rather let Wyoming citizens use their best “wisdom” for now.
The governor said new personal protective equipment (PPE) for Wyoming healthcare workers would soon be be distributed by the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security.
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.