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Wyoming raised artist featured in touching Jack Daniels social distancing ad (VIDEO)

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CASPER, Wyo. —  Wyoming raised artist and Nashville songwriter H. Kenneth provides a tear-jerking soundtrack in an online ad for Jack Daniels whiskey, featuring people social distancing amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“I’m a severe asthmatic and truly in the highest risk group for the virus. As a result, I’ve been in my house for 12 days with small breaks runs to the store here and there as well as long walks with my pup,” Kenneth said when sharing the Jack Daniels video to his Facebook page. “I’m over the moon that Whitley Little and I were able to share this little moment for the world to see. I hope this brings a little joy to your day, wherever you’re quarantined. FaceTime someone you love today.”

In the ad (below), Kenneth sings a cover of True Colors, written by Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, made popular by the artist Cyndi Lauper in 1986. Kenneth begins singing while communicating remotely with another person. What follows is a montage of people practicing social distancing and sheltering in place, but using technology and creativity to remain social.

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Kenneth moved to Wyoming at an early age and attended High School and college in Riverton. For years, Kenneth produced music under the moniker “Automatic Boy.”

“I consider myself very lucky to have spent a lot of my formative years – both personally and creatively – in central Wyoming,” Kenneth told Oil City’s Brittani Wert in 2018.

“As a producer his tracks have been featured in over 80 television shows, commercials and movies in the past five years alone. His eye for TV/film composition combined with an artist-first approach to songwriting have made H. Kenneth a versatile juggernaut in a variety of commercial music applications,” Kenneth’s website biography says. “H. Kenneth has also broken into the international music world, collaborating with artists in Italy, Germany, Spain and more. The diversity and attention to detail that H. Kenneth introduces to every track transcends genres, borders & expectation.”

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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.

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.