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Wyoming governor: order prohibits public utility late fees or services disconnections

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon talks with supporters before the start of the annual Casper Chamber banquet on April 26, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said on Thursday, March 26 that the Wyoming Public Service Commission has issued an order relating to all public utilities.

That order says that all public utilities will not suspend any utility services or impose late fees during the COVID-19 coronavirus shutdowns in the state.

“Today, the Public Service Commission issued an Order authorizing all public utilities to suspend discontinuation of service, imposition of late fees, and similar terms of service to mitigate the impact on customers caused by the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 virus,” Gordon said on Facebook. “I applaud this effort to help Wyoming people during this difficult time.”

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The order can be read online. It will stay in effect until another order supersedes it.

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

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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.