CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s Governor Mark Gordon is directing people entering the state for non-business related travel, to quarantine for a certain period.
The announcement came during a briefing from the Governor’s office in Cheyenne on April 3, 2020, discussing the coronavirus caused COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today I am issuing a new directive that any person coming to Wyoming from another state or country, for a non-work related purpose, must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days,” Gordon said Friday afternoon. “If the individual will be here for less than 14 days, I am recommending they should self-quarantine for the length of their visit.”
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The directive does not include persons from Wyoming travelling for work related purposes.
Governor Gordon says that he is continuing to hear from residents in Wyoming border communities about an influx of visitors from out-of-state seeking refuge in wyoming.
“I’ve heard those calls,” Gordon said. “This visitation poses a threat to our communities and to our residents trying to act responsibly.”
Gordon also used the reported influx of outsiders, to address an ongoing issue of a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order. Gordon alleging that Colorado, a state that has been directed to lockdown, continues to receive visitors.
Gordon addressed several other items during the briefing on Friday, often returning to the idea of a potential shelter-in-place order or other lockdown for the state of Wyoming. However the Governor also made it very clear that he wanted to convey one message to the Wyoming people.
“I want to emphasize the point we are all making,” Gordon said during his opening comments to press during the briefing. “stay home. Wash your hands. Maintain six feet of distance between yourselves. Only go to the store as an individual, not as a group. Do not congregate in groups of more than ten. In the store, if you are a store, for heaven’s sake don’t allow people to mingle in the aisles or the checkout lines. Now that is the behavior we need.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.