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Full funding for Business Relief Program secured to accommodate high demand

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The Wyoming Governor’s office has announced full funding for the current wave of the COVID-19 Business relief program, citing high demand for the funds.

In May 2020, the Wyoming Legislature created three programs to distribute $325 million in federal CARES Act funding to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits that have experienced hardship related to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Wyoming Business Council is distributing these dollars through the COVID-19 Business Relief Program, which has been broken down into three funds – the Interruption Fund, the Relief Fund, and the Mitigation Fund. 

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More than 1,600 small businesses and nonprofits submitted applications by 5 pm Wednesday, August 5, for the Relief and Mitigation funds. The requests totaling nearly $150 million.

More Information: Wyoming Business Council website

The Wyoming Business Council says they initially set aside half the funding to accommodate potential future requests by seasonal businesses involved in agriculture, retail and tourism that may accrue losses later this year. The recent high demand caused the Business Council to release all the funding.  

“We encourage all eligible entities to apply now as we are unsure how long the money will last,” Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said.   

The first of the COVID-19 Business Relief Programs, the Interruption Fund, closed to applications on July 2 and has put a reported approximate $100 million into Wyoming businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

The Relief and Mitigation funds will contribute an additional $225 million by the time all applications are processed this year, totaling $325 million. 

“The release of the full allocation of funds will help meet the demonstrated needs of those businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic already, ” Governor Gordon said. “I want to ensure that Wyoming’s businesses and its economy stay healthy and Wyomingites are able to keep working.” 


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.