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Wyoming finalizing rules for two COVID business relief programs totaling $225 million

Loretta Miller ties a completed surgical gown on volunteer Starla Kull on Monday, March 30, at Kalico Kat Quilt Shop in Casper. Miller organized sewing enthusiasts across Casper to help make medical personal protection equipment (PPE) to donate to the Wyoming Medical Center. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Legislature allocated $325 million in federal CARES Act funding received by the state for three COVID-19 business relief programs during a special session this spring.

Those programs are being administered by the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) who outlined next steps for the programs on Monday, July 13.

The first of the three programs, which the WBC refers to as the “Interruption Fund” closed on July 2. The WBC Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, July 14 to consider rules for the two other programs.

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“The board will review emergency rules for the Relief and Mitigation funds, which will be open to businesses and nonprofit organizations,” the WBC said. “Once approved by the board, the rules will go for final approval by the Wyoming Attorney General and signing by Governor Mark Gordon and then to the Business Council to build an online application system and application review process.”

“The applications are expected to open in a few weeks.”

The WBC describes the two programs as follows:

-Relief Fund: The Relief Fund is broken down into two categories for entities with up to 100 employees for a reimbursement up to $300,000: $50 million would be available to reimburse revenue losses due to closures required by government health orders and $125 million would be available for incurred COVID-19-related expenses and direct or indirect losses due to government health orders. Eligible nonprofit organizations include 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), 501(c)(12) and 501(c)(19) with at least one paid full-time employee.

-Mitigation Fund: The Mitigation Fund would reimburse up to $500,000 for incurred COVID-19 expenses and doesn’t have a limit on employees nor types of nonprofits. This fund has $50 million available.

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“During the special meeting, the board will also consider a loan payment extension request from WyoTech and a resolution related to the expenditure and disbursement of federal CARES Act funding,” the WBC added. “No other business will be discussed at this meeting.”

People can join the meeting remotely using this link: https://zoom.us/j/295704768.

People can also join the meeting by phone at 1-346-248-7799 or 1-669-900-6833.

The meeting agenda is available here.

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.