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Gordon requests disaster declaration for Wyoming; says out of state physicians helping with COVID-19 response

(Wyoming PBS, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said during a Wednesday, April 8 that he has signed a letter requesting that Wyoming be formally considered a disaster area due to COVID-19 coronavirus.

“Today I signed a letter requesting a disaster declaration for the State of Wyoming and the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes,” Gordon said.

Such a declaration would allow Wyoming to access assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers to construct temporary medical facilities to help with COVID-19 response, if needed.

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Gordon said it would also open up access to a “additional federal resources and services for individuals.” That would include disaster unemployment assistance, legal assistance and case management services.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration explains the disaster declaration process and lists existing COVID-19 related disaster declarations in states across the country online.

Gordon added that the state distributed 3,900 COVID-19 testing kits to counties throughout Wyoming on Monday.

“This is by far the largest delivery to date,” he said. “This will help support statewide testing.”

Gordon noted that the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory still has a shortage of testing materials.

The governor added that over 260 out of state physicians and physician assistants have committed to helping with COVID-19 response in Wyoming. He added that the Wyoming Board of Medicine have been working to reactivate licenses for retired health care workers in the state.

Gordon noted that telehealth medical services have seen increases, with telehealth medical licenses up from 500 to 3,000 in the last month. That doesn’t include the Wyoming Medical Center of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s telehealth services.

He said that telehealth is important because it allows patients to receive medical advice without exposing themselves or health care workers to the virus.

Gordon’s comments came during a press conference carried on Wyoming PBS’s Youtube channel:

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: covid@cnchd.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.