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Legislative Management Council set meeting to discuss COVID-19 and consider possible special session

Wyoming State Capitol (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CHEYENNE – Management Council will meet on April 16 at 7:30 a.m. to consider interim topics for joint interim committees.

This meeting will include discussion of potential legislative responses to the current public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including consideration of the need for a special session. A meeting notice and agenda can be found on the Legislature’s Website at www.wyoleg.gov.

According to the announcement, the meeting will be held remotely, and no physical location will be available to members of the public to attend the meeting in person. As a result, a public comment page and a live audio stream will be available on the Legislature’s homepage at: www.wyoleg.gov. 

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During the meeting, Council will assign specific topics to designated joint interim committees related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the economic impact to the state and appropriation of funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The designated joint interim Committees will likely conduct two-one day meetings remotely during the month of May to study these topics and consider draft legislation for a potential special session in late May or early June.

The Wyoming Legislature says that although they are not in session, that they have been working with the Executive branch to address this crisis. Gov. Gordon has the support of the leadership of the Wyoming Legislature as he works to protect the residence of Wyoming during this crisis.

Article 3 Section 7 of the Wyoming Constitution states that the Legislature shall meet at the seat of government at other times when convened by the Governor or upon call of the Legislature. The Governor by proclamation may also, in times of war or grave emergency by law defined, temporarily convene the Legislature at a place or places other than the seat of government. The Legislature may convene a special session not to last longer than 20 working days.

To find more information about the State of Wyoming’s response to COVID-19, please visit covid19.wyo.gov.

This article originally appeared on Cap City News. Used with permission.

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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.