Nearly one-third of Wyomingites say they or immediate family members have been laid off or lost their jobs due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, according to a new survey by the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center.
The university announced the survey results Thursday, March 2, 2020.
According to the survey more than half of the state’s residents or their immediate family members have seen reductions in work hours or pay because of the pandemic, with nearly three-quarters expressing deep concern about the impact of coronavirus on the economy.
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“The survey, conducted Monday, is the first of multiple surveys WYSAC plans to measure public opinion on a number of topics related to COVID-19,” the university said. “A total of 465 people participated in the weighted survey representing all Wyoming counties, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.”
Here are some of the survey findings, provided by the University of Wyoming:
-31.9 percent of respondents said they or immediate family members had been laid off or lost their jobs.
-56.3 percent said they or immediate family members had seen a reduction in work hours or pay.
-71.4 percent were very concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, with 22.7 percent somewhat concerned. Only 5.7 percent were not concerned.
-75 percent were concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on their personal finances, with 24.9 percent not concerned.
-89.8 percent said they’ve changed their daily routines because of the outbreak, with over 80 percent of those saying they’re eating out less; avoiding physical contact with others; washing their hands more frequently; not attending public gatherings; and spending more time at home.
-About 66 percent said they think the worst is yet to come.
Regarding policies enacted to slow the spread of the virus, more than 80 percent supported the closure of schools, day care centers and restaurants, along with limitations on public gatherings. More than half — 54.4 percent — would support a state-level “shelter-in-place” order, with 22.3 percent opposed and 23.3 percent uncertain.
If a vaccine becomes available for COVID-19, 80.2 percent said they would be likely to seek the vaccine.
The survey also asked for perspectives on the way local, state and national leaders are handling the virus response. Results from those questions include:
-62.2 percent approve and 34.3 percent disapprove of President Donald Trump’s performance on the issue, with 55.7 percent saying they trust the information about COVID-19 they hear from him and 44.3 percent saying they don’t.
-81.9 percent approve and 14.1 percent disapprove of Gov. Mark Gordon’s handling of the situation, with 86.9 percent saying they trust the information he provides and 13.2 percent saying they don’t.
-78.4 percent approve and 15.9 percent disapprove of the way local government and health officials are handling the outbreak, with 85.7 percent say they trust the information they hear from those sources and 14.3 percent saying they don’t.
-47.6 percent say they approve of the way Congress is handling the pandemic, with 45.5 percent disapproving.
When it comes to the U.S. and Wyoming health care systems’ ability to handle the response to the pandemic, close to 51 percent said they have confidence in that ability, and about 30 percent said they don’t, with about 19.5 percent unsure.
Finally, asked if they think COVID-19 is a real threat or blown out of proportion, 63.8 percent said it’s a real threat; 24.2 percent said it’s blown out of proportion; and 12 percent were unsure.
To see the survey methodology and complete results, go to WYSAC’s website at https://wysac.uwyo.edu/wysac.University of Wyoming written statement April 2, 2020
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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.