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WDH reminds public to follow guidelines over 4th of July weekend

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. –During Governor Mark Gordon’s live press briefing today, Wyoming’s State Health Officer Alexia Harrist encouraged the public to continue to follow the current health guidelines over the upcoming holiday weekend.

 “It’s possible to have fun while taking part in these activities safely,” Harrist went on to say.

She reminded people to stay six feet away from people from other households and to continue to wear face coverings

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“Our attention to these precautions this weekend could very well have significant impacts on the course of the outbreak and our ability to further ease restrictions,” Harrist said.

She offered these reminders while warning Wyoming residents about the rising cases of COVID-19 in new places around the country, including some neighboring states.

Harrist also cited that these areas where outbreaks were rising were leading to deaths and for hospitals to become overwhelmed.

“No one wants that to happen here in Wyoming,” Harrist said. “We all have things we are looking forward to this summer and on into the fall, including sending Wyoming children back to school.

She concluded by saying that if Wyoming residents follow the WDH’s “common sense” recommendations that she was confident we would be able to accomplish those things.

Governor Gordon echoed those sentiments reminding the public to maintain their personal responsibility over the 4th of July weekend, as well as the Cody Stampede that is set to take place this week.

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.