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Wyoming districts set to receive 500K face coverings as schools prepare for fall return


CASPER, Wyo. — 500,000 face coverings will be delivered to school districts across Wyoming as schools prepare for fall re-openings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The face coverings are being provided by the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (WOHS), the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE).

The WDE announced the join effort between the state agencies to provide the face coverings on Monday, July 27.

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“This pandemic has required state and local collaboration between public and private entities at a level that has not existed in the past,” Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said. “As a result, we’re seeing incredible partnerships formed that will hopefully remain permanent. The delivery of these face coverings is one of many accomplishments arising out of these strong state and private partnerships.”

The face coverings are made of cloth and are washable. The WDE says the face coverings “will help school districts meet safety needs for reopening schools this fall. According to current state public health orders, face coverings are required in schools when six feet of physical distancing is not practical.”

The face coverings were obtained the the Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Ongoing procurement activities are a joint effort between these agencies as they continue to pursue critical supplies to support Wyoming’s communities,” the WDE said.

The face coverings will be distributed in early August.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to assist WDE in its efforts to reopen schools in a safe and timely manner,” said WOHS Director Lynn Budd. “The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, the Wyoming Department of Health and other state and local agencies are coordinating efforts to distribute the face coverings to each county emergency manager.” 

“Each emergency manager will in turn coordinate with their local school districts to arrange for distribution of the face coverings.” 

The Wyoming Department of Health recommends that people wear face coverings when in public when “it is not possible or reasonable to stay physically apart.”

“We know some individuals can transmit the virus to others before they feel or show any symptoms,” State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Alexia Harrist said. “It’s also becoming increasingly clear the virus spreads mainly between people when they are close to each other. Cloth face coverings have been effective in helping to block the spread of the virus.”

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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.