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Gorsuch UW visit postponed, result of COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch (Courtesy of the University of Wyoming)

The University of Wyoming College of Law has postponed the campus visit of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch amid the public health situation concerning the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Originally scheduled to appear on campus Sept. 16-17 in honor of the College of Law’s 100th anniversary, Gorsuch’s appearance will now be pushed back to fall 2021.

“We want to be mindful of the health concerns in our community, as well as the health of the justice,” says Klint Alexander, the dean of the UW College of Law. “In order to be compliant with the current restrictions the state and the university have in place, we would need to drastically limit the attendees to each event. We hope that, by postponing, we will be able to accommodate a larger audience in the coming year and keep our community safe.”

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The structure of the events will remain the same for Gorsuch’s visit in 2021 with a public event in the afternoon and a gala celebration in the evening. More details on those events and tickets will be made available later.

“We are grateful to Justice Gorsuch for graciously agreeing to postpone his visit to campus,” Alexander says. “We are disappointed that these unforeseen circumstances prevented us from celebrating our 100-year anniversary of the College of Law in the year 2020, but we are excited that we will still be able to host the justice next year as we begin a new century of legal education in Wyoming.”

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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.