CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper-Natrona County Health Department provided some updated guidance on avoiding exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus during a Monday, April 6 press conference.
With people going to city parks or recreating on trails in the area, Public Information Officer Hailey Bloom encouraged people to practice social distancing guidelines while outdooes.
“We are recommending that people obviously aren’t gathering outside or in parks,” she said. “Of course it is reasonable for a family or a child and a parent to go to parks and enjoy some time outside.”
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“We do recommend that people pay attention to social distancing, so trying to stay away from other groups as much as they can.”
Bloom said that there isn’t particular concern about people touching benches or other hard surfaces while in public spaces outside.
“As far as surfaces, there isn’t a ton of concern regarding surrounding those surfaces but of course we’re recommending that people are washing their hands, using hand gel…washing their hands as soon as they get home,” she said.
Bloom said that people are most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 if they are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in several situations. That includes if people are:
- Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19,
- Caring for a sick person with COVID-19,
- Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for 10 minutes or longer, OR
- Being in direct contact with respiratory droplets from a sick person with COVID-19 (For example: being coughed or sneezed on or sharing utensils).
Bloom went on to say that a person’s best defense while out in public places is to:
- Limit trips out
- Limit trips to one adult per household
- Use hand sanitizer
- Wipe down shopping carts
- Maintain social distance from others
She added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend that people wear cloth masks while going to public spaces such as grocery stores or pharmacies.
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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: email@example.com
- 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.