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Medical supply drive to be held at Natrona County Public Library on Tuesday

The Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition organized a medical supply drive in Laramie on April 1, 2020. A Casper drive is planned for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the library. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Alford)

CASPER, Wyo — Library staff and Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition (WTCC) volunteers will take donations of essential medical supplies at the Natrona County Public Library bus garage on Tuesday. The garage is located at the main library facility at 307 East Second Street.

The drive will run from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Conraddo Saldivar, the Natrona County Public Library’s Adult Services Specialist, organized the drive with the WTCC’s Samantha Alford, who headed up a similar drive in Laramie last Thursday. 

“With everything shut down, there’s a lot of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) out there not getting used,” Saldivar said. “Tattoo parlors, hair salons, and labs all typically have this equipment.”

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The WTCC has requested these items, with an asterisk (*) by high-priority items:

  • *Face shields
  • *Nitrile gloves
  • *Gowns
  • *Masks (respirator and surgical)
  • Bleach wipes
  • Spray Bottles
  • Empty hand sanitizer bottles for refilling

The WTCC emphasized that individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should not donate. 

Saldivar encouraged people making donations to maintain 6 feet of social distance when making donations. Equipment from the drive will go to the Natrona County Emergency Management.

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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.