Media Release Regarding Wyoming Athletics and Activities Association from Casper Natrona County Health Department

Update: Casper WHSAA Tournaments CANCELLED by Natrona County Health Officer

March 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Casper, WY March 12, 2020:  The Natrona County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Dowell made the updated decision at 10:30 AM Thursday, March 12, 2020, to CANCEL the Wyoming High School Activities Association 3A/4A basketball tournaments to reduce risk of community transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The tournaments are no longer scheduled to take place at the Casper Events Center and Casper College facilities.
Yesterday, March 11, 2020 the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Sheridan County.  Out of an abundance of caution to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 within Natrona County and the state, this difficult decision was made.  The Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the Natrona County Health Officer recognizes and admires that many people travelled to Natrona County, students and coaches have worked very hard and are very disappointed in this result.  However, the health and safety of our community, citizens and visitors is of upmost priority.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department, Natrona County Health Officer, the Wyoming High School Activities Association, Casper Event Center and others are working collaboratively to relay this information to teams, fans, staff and citizens as quickly as possible.  All partners recognize the burden this causes and apologize for the inconvenience to all those effected both directly and indirectly.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department, Natrona-County Health Officer and all of our community partners are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they are available.  CNCHD and its partners are fully prepared for COVID-19 when it comes to our community and believe this step will further protect citizens, visitors and the community.  The Casper-Natrona County Health Department will be holding an additional press conference at their facility (475 S Spruce St.) at 1:00 PM today, March 12, 2020.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department encourages the following precautions and prevention for citizens:
• Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and  mouth
• Stay home if you are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away in the trash
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning solutions
• Frequent and adequate hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
o *If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty
If you feel you are sick:
• Call your primary care provider prior to visiting the office
o If you do not have a primary care provider you may call the Casper-Natrona County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 307-577-9892
• DO NOT self-report to the Emergency Room
o *If you are experiencing difficulty breathing please call 911
• Testing will be determined based on symptoms, recent travel, and other factors determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in compliance with national and state guidelines
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March 12, 2020 at 10:17 a.m.

At 10:12 am the Natrona County School District received the below information from the Casper Natrona County Health Department regarding State Basketball attendance: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 12, 2020

Contact: Hailey Bloom, Public Information Officer

Phone: 307-577-9755, hrodgers@cnchd.org

 

Casper WHSAA Tournaments Closed to Fans by Natrona County Health Officer

Casper, WY March 12, 2020:  The Natrona County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Dowell made the decision at 0930 AM Thursday March 12, 2020 to allow only players, coaches, staff and officials into the Wyoming High School Activities Association 3A/4A basketball tournaments to reduce risk of community transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The tournaments are still scheduled to take place at the Casper Events Center and Casper College facilities. No fans or spectators will be allowed to attend the games at either facility through the end of the tournaments Saturday.

Yesterday, March 11, 2020 the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Sheridan County.  There are still no confirmed cases in Natrona County. Out of an abundance of caution to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 within Natrona County and the state, this difficult decision was made.  The Casper-Natrona County Health Department and the Natrona County Health Officer recognizes and admires that many people travelled to Natrona County, students and coaches have worked very hard and are very disappointed in this result.  However, the health and safety of our community, citizens and visitors is of upmost priority.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department, Natrona County Health Officer, the Wyoming High School Activities Association, Casper Event Center and others are working collaboratively to relay this information to teams, fans, staff and citizens as quickly as possible.  All partners recognize the burden this causes and apologize for the inconvenience to all those effected both directly and indirectly.  

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department, Natrona-County Health Officer and all of our community partners are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they are available.  CNCHD and its partners are fully prepared for COVID-19 when it comes to our community and believe this step will further protect citizens, visitors and the community.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department encourages the following precautions and prevention for citizens:

  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and  mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw away in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning solutions
  • Frequent and adequate hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

                   o *If soap is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if visibly dirty

If you feel you are sick:

  • Call your primary care provider prior to visiting the office

                  o If you do not have a primary care provider you may call the Casper-Natrona County Health Department COVID-19 hotline at 307-577-9892

  • DO NOT self-report to the Emergency Room

                 o *If you are experiencing difficulty breathing please call 911

  • Testing will be determined based on symptoms, recent travel, and other factors determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in compliance with national and state guidelines

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