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Gordon visits Wyoming inmates sewing face coverings to help with COVID-19 pandemic

(Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Thursday, June 18 that Gordon has visited with inmates who have been working to sew cloth face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gordon visited both the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk and the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington where vocational industries programs are offered to inmates.

“Since early April, inmates in these facilities have been sewing cloth face coverings for distribution to private businesses and state employees during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gordon’s office said.

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Other vocational programs are offered to inmates, according to the release. That includes a program at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution which involves inmates translating reading materials into Braille after they complete National Federation for the Blind certification.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections also announced on June 5 that inmates at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Facility now have the option to learn the plumbing trade.

“These Correctional Industries programs provide vocational skills as incarcerated individuals prepare for release and re-entry into Wyoming communities,” Gordon’s office said.

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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: 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.