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UW Virtual town hall to discuss revised return plan, grants

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The University of Wyoming has announced a virtual town hall style meeting Thursday evening to discuss the school’s recently announced revised return plan. Scholarships are also being discussed.

“Aiming to increase the likelihood of the University of Wyoming completing a successful fall semester with in-person experiences, the university has adopted a phased approach to bringing students back to campus,” the written statement from UW said Wednesday.

The revised fall return plan was reportedly approved Wednesday by the UW Board of Trustees.

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UW is encouraging students, interested parents, and other members of the UW community to the town-hall meeting; Thursday, Aug. 13, at 5:30 pm.

The session will air on both WyoCast and YouTube. Links to both streaming options can be found at https://wyolinks.uwyo.edu/townhallaug13.

According to Wednesday’s announcement, the 2020 Fall semester will begin Monday, Aug. 24, but all courses will be delivered online in the beginning. UW also says students who aren’t already on campus will be encouraged not to come at that time.

Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon is scheduled to join UW President Ed Seidel to discuss the CARES Wyoming College Grant Program during the call. The College Grant Program hopes to provide grants to help students impacted by COVID-19 pay for housing, food and other costs of attendance; as well as the Adult Education Grant Program, which will provide education grants to Wyomingites between the ages of 25-64 who are unemployed or underemployed due to the impacts of COVID-19.

A question-and-answer period will follow. Students and parents are encouraged to submit questions beforehand by emailing townhall@uwyo.edu or visting here.

Questions also may be submitted during the session via WyoCast; instructions on how to submit questions may be found 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.