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Suspect arrested, accused of threatening health official after mask mandate request

File Photo; Hot Springs County Courthouse, Thermopolis, Wyo. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Cap City)

Officials in Hot Springs County, Wyoming say that a suspect has been arrested after allegedly threatening a county health official.

While details of the suspect and the nature were not released Thursday evening, a written Statement from Hot Springs County Sheriff Jeremie Kraushaar says that a suspect was arrested in the case.

“The Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest of an adult male for threatening Public Health Doctor Vernon Miller,” Sheriff Kraushaar said on social media November 19, 2020.

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Kraushaar went on to indicate however, that despite opinions over county mask mandates around Wyoming, including Hot Springs County, that any acts or threats of violence against anyone will not be tolerated by the HSCSO.

“I am fully aware that the new mask mandate implemented by the State of Wyoming at Dr. Miller’s request is a polarizing decision and that some people feel it was an overreach, while others don’t feel it is stringent enough, Krausharr said. “With that in mind we all still need to remember that we are a close knit community of friends and neighbors. Even though we may have differing opinions we still need to treat each other with civility and not allow our emotions to cause us to treat each other poorly.”

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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:

  • 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.