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Business Council announces COVID-19 relief programs

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The Wyoming Business Council has announced the creation of the relief programs for Wyoming businesses. Officials for the WBC say they’re hoping for a “smooth and simple process” for Wyoming’s small-business owners.   

The Wyoming Legislature passed a bill on May 16 creating three grant programs to distribute $325 million of Wyoming’s $1.25 billion allocation from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds are for Wyoming small-business owners who have experienced hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.   

“Wyoming businesses have been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 economic disruption,” said Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell at a State of Wyoming COVID-19 briefing May 20, 2020. “And what we really mean when we say ‘businesses’ is ‘people.’ Business owners; employees; family, friends, and neighbors; recent graduates wondering if a job offer is coming any time in the foreseeable future.”

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The Business Council says they expect to launch the first portion of the grant program and open applications for businesses at the beginning of June. A written statement from the council says they’re anticipating holding webinars at the end of May to help business owners understand the program, determine whether they qualify, and begin applying. 

Subsequent programs and webinars are expected at a later date. 

The Business Council has made several documents available online, in advance of the program rollouts and webinars. A provided list of the documents is below:

  • Certificate of Good Standing from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office   
  • W-9 Form from the State Auditor’s office. Please ensure the business or personal name; the Employer Identification Number or Social Security number; and the business classification you enter on the form match your latest tax return. 

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:

  • 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.