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Barrasso: We will not shut down the economy again

Image of Wyoming Senator John Barrasso recently speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Republican U.S. Senator John Barrasso posted a video on Facebook of himself speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate to say there will be no further shutdowns of the economy despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases across parts of the country.

He remarked that there is a way to manage the risks of the coronavirus while still moving the economy forward.

“The recent rise of COVID-19 cases, to me as a doctor, is troubling,” Barrasso said. “Still it is no reason to stop reopening, as long as we open in a responsible way.”

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The Wyoming Senator went on to say that everybody made sacrifices and did what the “experts said we needed to do” amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, but now Americans were ready to get back to work.

Barrasso said that the pre-pandemic economy was very strong and featured the lowest unemployment numbers in fifty-years, but it had to be shut down to slow the spread of COVID.

“It saved lives and bought us time,” he said.

Barrasso added that reopening the economy was not conditioned on the creation of vaccine or the elimination of COVID. He offered that businesses across the country were continuing to reopen in what he described as a “safe, scientific and sensible way.”

“I saw it all across Wyoming during the last two weeks as I traveled the state. In Casper and Cheyenne, main streets are busy again. Mom and Pop businesses are bringing back workers.” Barrasso said.

The Senator also cited the tourists flocking to Yellowstone and the rodeos taking place across Wyoming as signs of America starting to move forward amid the pandemic.

“Wyoming is literally back in the saddle again,” Barrasso offered.

Barrasso said that people want to get back to work and didn’t want laws coming out of congress that make it easier for businesses to remain closed than to reopen.

“I know that we can flatten the curve without flattening our economy.”

According to Barrasso, people can resume normal lives and stay healthy if everyone takes the proper precautions like social distancing, maintaining good hygiene and wearing masks.

“As a doctor I know that wearing a mask helps lowing the infection spread. Especially indoors when we can’t socially distance.”

The full video of Senator Barrasso speaking before the U.S. Senate can be seen below:

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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:

  • 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.