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Gordon calls Wyoming Legislature into special session to address COVID crisis

Governor Mark Gordon (PBS Wyoming YouTube)

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed a proclamation to convene the Wyoming Legislature in a special session.

The 65th Legislature will be called into special session on Friday, May 15, at 8 a.m.

The session will be held “electronically,” he said during an online live briefing on Thursday afternoon.

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He said the Wyoming constitution allowed the governor to call a special session in the case of a “grave emergency in the affairs of the state.”

“That is the position Wyoming like almost every other state finds itself in today,” said Gordon, before reading the proclamation.

“At that special session we will consider a few pieces of legislature, including the appropriation of federal funds made available to Wyoming through the Cares Act.”

The governor says he intends to provide the funds as quickly as possible to Wyoming citizens and businesses.

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.