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Governor: ‘No difference’ between strict Teton County orders and state recommendations on social distancing

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon pushed back on taking more strict statewide measures for social distancing during an online briefing on Monday afternoon.

“There is no difference in the orders that have been issued in Teton County and the recommendations that were made by this office,” said Gordon.

He was answering a question from a WyoFile correspondent concerning ‘stay at home’ orders issued in Teton County over the weekend.

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“Some people suggest that having an order somehow makes the world safer, but when you have six pages, or in the case of Teton two pages of exemptions, there is no material difference between them.”

“It’s very important that people respect, recognize and take responsibility for their actions,” he said.

“We have been working to make sure that counties who want to raise that level of concern can,” said the governor.

“But just making it clear that if we’re going to issue a ‘shelter in place’ or a ‘stay at home’ order, it is not going to have multiple exemptions. It will be a true shelter in place order.”

Earlier in the briefing the governor did not indicate whether or not he was closer to issuing more strict orders, but he did implore Wyoming citizens to take social distancing more seriously as a tool to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The governor also said his office was considering extending Wyoming’s official public health orders beyond April 17 to be in line with President Trump’s recent federal orders of April 30.

“At this time we are considering whether we want to extend our orders to correspond with President Trump’s,” he said.

Multiple times during the briefing, the governor urged Wyoming citizens to follow state guidelines on social distancing.

“That doesn’t mean you have stay-overs at the neighbor’s house, that doesn’t mean you go congregate at the Dairy Queen, that doesn’t mean that you all go to Walmart at the same time,” he said.

“That’s a particularly large problem, and my interest on this day is to recommend that businesses take care and pace their clients as they come in so that we don’t have large crowds gathering unexpectedly in a particular store,” he said.

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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:

  • 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.