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Wyoming Game and Fish biologists donate 130 respirators to help with COVID-19 outbreak

“For protection from zoonotic diseases, biologist Nichole Bjornlie wears a N95s protective mask and nitrile gloves while handling an Ord’s kangaroo rat during small mammal trapping last year.” (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says that masks that were originally to be used by nongame biologists have been donated to support health care workers in Fremont County responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The donation to Fremont County’s COVID-19 response team includes:

  • 7 boxes of respirators (130 masks)
  • 3 boxes of nitrile gloves

“Masks and gloves were leftover from small mammal trapping and black-footed ferret surveys, which are worn as precautions for zoonotic diseases like hantavirus and plague,” the department said on Wednesday, April 1.

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The Wyoming Department of Health reports 26 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Fremont County and 150 cases across the state as of 2 pm Thursday.

“If you have gear that you can donate the local group Lander Together, in coordination with the Fremont County Incident Command Emergency Management Team, has organized a personal protective equipment (PPE) drive to keep local healthcare workers stocked. Donation bins are located in the breezeway between buildings at the Lander United Methodist Church (262 N. 3rd Street) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm,” Game and Fish adds. “Or if you are in another location, reach out to your local Incident or Response Management Team for donation opportunities. “

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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.