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‘Mask up Wyoming’: state officials say prevention ‘more important than ever’ as COVID surges

Dick Cheney says “Wear a mask,” (Liz Cheney, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Friday, June 26 that as the state’s COVID-19 case count continues to surge, prevention is “more important than ever.”

“The significant increase in new cases of COVID-19 that began earlier this month continues,” the governor’s office said. “On June 25, Wyoming had 36 new laboratory-confirmed positive cases, the largest single-day total the state has seen since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in March.”

“As of June 25, Uinta, Fremont and Teton counties have the highest rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 residents.”

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Wyoming also crossed the 1,000 laboratory confirmed case mark this week. There have been 1,052 lab confirmed cases reported through 3 pm Thursday along with 274 probable cases, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). There have been 20 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the state.

“WDH and the Governor recommend people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart, because masks can help block virus transmission,” the governor’s office said. “The State Health Officer also reminds people to respect directions, such as quarantine or isolation orders, they may receive if told they have been exposed to the virus.

The governor’s office also shared a graphic encouraging Wyomingites to “mask up”:

Mask Up Wyoming
(Office of Governor Mark Gordon)

The governor’s office said that Wyoming’s statewide COVID-19 dashboard remains unchanged.

“The Statewide Dashboard remains unchanged from last week, with the category of ‘New Cases’ continuing to be rated ‘Concerning,'” the release states. “County-level COVID-19 data is available on the Wyoming Department of Health website.

COVID Dashboard June 17 2020

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.