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Wyoming distributing medical protective gear to all counties, extra where COVID-19 confirmed active

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CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director Lynn Budd said during a Wednesday, March 25 press conference that the state has received one order of personal protective equipment for medical personnel from a national stockpile.

While she couldn’t say exactly how many gloves, facemasks and other protective gear the order includes, Budd said that the gear would be distributed to all Wyoming counties.

Budd said that counties with active cases of confirmed COVID-19 would receive additional amounts of personal protective equipment. As of 2:25 pm Wednesday, 41 cases of COVID-19 have been reported confirmed by the Wyoming Department of Health across nine of Wyoming’s 23 counties.

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“We’re working hard to get everything we can out to the counties,” she said. “Of course, it isn’t everything that we need. It is not enough but we are doing the best we can at this point.”

Health officials in Natrona County have said that personal protective equipment is being used strategically, with supplies “dwindling.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.

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.