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Mayor Freel: CNFR cancelation not an easy decision

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CASPER, Wyo. —  Casper’s Mayor, Steve Freel, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, following the announcement that the College National Finals Rodeo would be cancelled.

“I want to stress to everyone, that this was not an easy decision. Leadership on all levels in many organizations have been struggling for weeks, talking through every option, every concern, every person, business and community that will be impacted by this,” Freel said at a public briefing on the Natrona County area COVID-19 response.

Freel went on to say that while cancelling CNFR was the hard thing to do, he believes it was the right thing to do.

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“We, as a group, knew that we could not in good faith continue planning and preparing for an event to be cancelled at the last minute and have an even more severe impact on our community. We know that many of us will feel the effects of this, just as many of us are feeling the effect of every other difficult decision that has been made,” Freel said. “This community is resilient. We believe better days are ahead for us. Until then, we’ll continue to work together through this crisis with our heads held high.”


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.