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Casper City Council authorizes $75,000 for COVID-19 response

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CASPER, Wyo. —  The Casper City Council has announced the release of $75,000 to agencies in Natrona County to assist in the fight against coronavirus caused COVID-19

The announcement was made by Casper Mayor Steve Freel at a public Natrona County Emergency Operations Center briefing on Tuesday, April 8, 2020.

“To run the EOC and Community Medical Shelters, additional staff and resources are needed. The City of Casper is stepping up to ensure these crucial operations can continue to happen,” Freel said in a speech Tuesday. “We have also authorized twenty-five-thousand-dollars for the Casper-Natrona County Health Department to help pay additional staff that will be needed for the future usage of Community Medical Shelters such as the Westwood Facility or Casper Events Center.”

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The Natrona County Emergency Operations Center is a multi-agency response unit that has been overseeing the response to COVID-19 in Natrona County.

“The City of Casper is committed to doing all we can to be as prepared as possible. We want to thank everyone who is doing all they can, staying home, practicing social distancing, and making difficult decisions of your own to get through this,” Freel said. “We appreciate every single one of you. Thank you.”

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:

  • 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.