CARES Act funding allocated to long-term care facilities to help prepare for indoor visitations amid COVID - Casper, WY Oil City News
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CARES Act funding allocated to long-term care facilities to help prepare for indoor visitations amid COVID

Governor Mark Gordon during his live press briefing on September 24th, 2020/ (Wyoming PBS Youtube)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – During his live press briefing on September 24th, Governor Mark Gordon said his administration has been working to change the health orders to help allow for people to visit their loved ones inside of long-term care facilities in Wyoming, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that he was hopeful that indoor visitations could happen safely “as soon as possible.”

“I think it’s important that we all understand the emotional toll that has limited visitation and what it is doing to the residents and their families. We want to make sure these opportunities for visits happen and that people are not isolated.”Gordon said.

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He went on to say that Wyoming has have allocated “a lot” of CARES Act funding to long-term care facilities to help cover the costs of personal protection equipment, testing materials and for changing infrastructure inside of the buildings to allow for visitations.

Gordon said that he was trying to balance keeping the elderly population safe at these long-term care facilities while not “ferreting them away” from their family and community.

Wyoming State Health Officer Alexia Harrist said that they were working on changing guidance in regards to indoor visitation between residents of long-term care facilities and their families. Harrist thought that updates to the orders would be coming out within the next “several days”.

“We recognize how important that visitation with loved ones is. We also recognize is that it increases the risk that the virus can enter the facilities and cause an outbreak,”

She said that the more steps we take to lessen the spread in our communities the safer it will be for the residents of long-term care facilities to spend needed time with their families.

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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.

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