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Wyoming looks to provide guidance to allow visitors into nursing homes

The NCHS drumline performs for residents of Mountain Plaza Assisted Living & Memory Care residents on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Tuesday, Sept. 29 that the state is working to provide new COVID-19 related guidance for nursing home and assisted living facility visitations.

The state is working to ensure that Wyoming’s guidance is consistent with federal regulations, Gordon’s office said. The new guidance will “permit indoor visitation at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”

“That guidance will be published later this week,” Gordon’s office said.

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The announcement came as the governor’s office release details about new COVID-19 related public health orders set to go into effect on Oct. 1. The new orders relax some restrictions on restaurants in Wyoming.

Details about the new orders can be found in this article.

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.