Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon has announced the launch of a website tracking the state’s utilization of federal money through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act.
The dedicated page has been added to the Wyoming Sense budget transparency website, showing how CARES Act funds are being distributed.
As of August 6, the Governor’s office reported allocating more than $710 million of the $1.25 billion in federal funds Wyoming was provided by Congress to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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During a Special Session in May, the Wyoming Legislature provided guidelines as to how that money can be spent, splitting the funds into three disbursements.
- The first, amounting to $450 million, was available for allocation on May 25.
- The second, amounting to $400 million, was available for allocation on July 15.
- The third, amounting to another $400M, will not become eligible for allocation per legislation until September 15.
The CARES Act spending page breaks down spending into nine categories: Economic/Business Relief ($327.3M); Education Resilience ($110.5M); Broadband and Communications Infrastructure ($100M); Testing and Contact Tracing ($60M); Unemployment and Workers Compensation ($42.2M); Local Governments ($35.9M); Eviction Prevention and Support ($15M); State Agencies COVID Response ($12.2M); and Judicial and Legislative Branches ($7M).
The page, https://www.wyomingsense.gov/cares-act, includes additional details on each category, along with links and additional resources.
The Governor’s Office reports the page will be updated regularly as additional funds are allocated.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.