ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon confirmed the Loaf ‘N Jug at the 1310 Dewar Drive location temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Wednesday.
“They are doing what they need to do,” Stachon said about the closure.
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The recent closure didn’t surprise Stachon, who said this is just one of about eight or nine businesses within Sweetwater County that have had to close due to an employee contracting the virus.
Stachon said Sweetwater County Public Health and the Wyoming Department of Health did not order the business to close, but Loaf ‘N Jug likely closed because they did not have enough employees to manage the store. She said while the store is closed, Loaf ‘N Jug will want to conduct a deep cleaning of the store while it’s closed.
As for how long the store is going to be closed, Stachon was guessing the store would remain closed for the length of the quarantine
Currently, Sweetwater County has 227 cases with 127 of those being reported after July 4. She said if businesses want to remain open and if the county wants to open schools, residents must continue to wash their hands, stay six-feet apart, and wear face coverings.
Businesses will close if they don’t have employees who have contracted the virus and they have no one to work for them, she said.
“Businesses do what they have to do if they have no one to work for them,” Stachon said. “Loaf ‘N Jug is doing what they need to right now.”
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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.
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- 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.
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A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.