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UW Trustees approve limited double-occupancy rooms for Fall

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CASPER, Wyo. —  Some students staying in the University of Wyoming’s residence halls this fall will have the opportunity to live with roommates if they so desire, as a result of action Tuesday by the UW Board of Trustees.

The board approved an amendment to UW’s fall return plan that will allow a total of 138 residence hall rooms to be converted to double occupancy.

According to a written statement from UW, the plan had called for all residence hall rooms to be single occupancy during the fall semester as part of UW’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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“The move came after Dr. Larry Kaiser, the medical expert who helped UW develop the fall return plan,” UW said, explaining that Kaiser said limited double-occupancy rooms wouldn’t significantly increase the risk of coronavirus transmission among the UW community.

About 400 students had requested before the pandemic to live with specific roommates in UW’s residence halls, and those requests have continued to be received.

The trustees’ vote should allow many of those requests to be accommodated, says Vice President for Student Affairs Kim Chestnut.

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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.