The Wyoming Department of Health is actively responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The symptoms of this disease are familiar: fever, cough and shortness of breath.
While most people will likely not experience serious illness related to COVID-19, our top concerns involve older residents and people with certain health conditions that put them at higher risk of developing a serious or life-threatening illness.
Wyoming residents should follow our recommendations to help avoid becoming ill and to help avoid spreading COVID-19 to those who are most vulnerable.
We should all work together to help keep our friends and neighbors safe!
Stay Home, Stay Safe – Please leave home only for essentials, like food or exercise. When out, keep a safe distance of six feet between yourself and others. Your efforts are making a difference in slowing the spread of the virus.
Wear a Cloth Mask – If you need to leave your home for an essential purpose or will be near other people, wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose. Since COVID-19 may be transmitted by someone who does not have symptoms, a mask helps you protect others. You must still practice social distancing. Learn more about how to use and make cloth face coverings and where you can buy one(link is external).
If You Smoke or Vape – The new coronavirus attacks the lungs, making it harder for people who smoke or vape to fight off the virus. There has never been a better time to quit. Find resources at 802Quits(link is external).
Governor Gary R. Herbert extended the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive to all Utahns through May 1. This is not a shelter in place order, but rather the next step in the Urgent Phase laid out in the Utah Leads Together plan. This directive seeks to make clear what individuals and businesses should do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state and communities.
Everyone should practice social distancing right now.
Social distancing means to stay away from other people as much as you can. Social distancing is important because it slows the spread of COVID-19. Avoiding crowds protects you, your family and the community. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. Stay home as much as possible. With very few exceptions, cancel all get-togethers.
Work from home if possible.
Businesses should allow employees to telework immediately, if feasible. We encourage business leaders to make teleworking available to as many employees as possible and expand what they may already be doing in this regard.
Avoid gathering In groups
This includes gatherings such as church and religious services, concerts, conferences, and other events or places where large numbers of people gather together. If you are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions which put you at an increased risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend any mass gatherings. Stay home if you are sick. We ask employers for leniency and tolerance for employees who are sick and need to stay home to help prevent the spread of this disease.
Situation Summary: In December 2019, Chinese health authorities identified an outbreak of pneumonia associated with a novel, or new, coronavirus which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. Click here to access CDC’s COVID-19 webpage for the most up to date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
COVID-19 Public Information Numbers: 833-556-2476 and 877-857-2945 Available 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. CDT Daily
We tend to spend the most amount of time interacting with those who live closest to us. When around others, keep 6 feet between you when possible. If you’re sick, stay at home and don’t attend public gatherings.
Stay At Home: The Governor has extended the stay-at-home order until May 8th. This means that all Rhode Islanders should stay home unless getting food, medicine, gas, or going to work.
Gatherings: All gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Individuals should be interacting with the same people every day to minimize the risk of spread. This order does not apply to healthcare workers in a workplace setting, public transportation or office buildings. However, people must practice social distancing at all times.
Face Coverings: When people are in public, they should wear a cloth face covering. A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It could be sewn by hand or improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, or bandanas. VIDEO The only exceptions from these rules are for anyone whose health would be in jeopardy because of wearing a face covering or any children under 2 years old. Businesses should refer to RICOMMERCE.COM for rules and guidance on face coverings.
Travelers: Starting immediately, any person coming to Rhode Island by any mode of transportation after visiting another state for a non-work-related purpose must self-quarantine for 14 days. This restriction will not apply to public health, public safety or healthcare workers. MORE ON SELF-QUARANTINE
Commuters: Those who are able to work from home should do so, and anyone commuting in and out of the state for work should remain in their home when not at work.MORE ON SELF-QUARANTINE
Adults seeking mental or behavioral health support should call BH Link at 414-LINK(5465). MORE
For services for children, call Kids Link 855-543-5465. MORE
People with moderate to severe opioid use disorder (OUD) can access telehealth service for initiation of buprenorphine treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call Rhode Island’s Buprenorphine Hotline 401-606-5456.
Quitting Smoking and Vaping: People who use tobacco are at higher risk of more severe illness from COVID-19 because the virus that causes COVID-19 attacks the lungs.
The state’s FREE Rhode Island Nicotine Helpline is ready to help tobacco users quit and manage stress to stay quit. Certified tobacco treatment specialists (TTS) provide motivational interviewing counseling by phone. Adults 18+ may also receive FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) gum, patches, or lozenges mailed direct to their home. Call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Teens ages 13+ can also get FREE, safe, and confidential vaping and smoking quit support by visiting www.mylifemyquit.com or texting START MY QUIT to 855-891-9989.
For general information on COVID-19 in Oregon, call 211. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.
What is quarantine?
Quarantine means you stay away from other people for a time when you may become sick with an infection, even if you have no symptoms.
We recommend self-quarantine for many people who return from areas were COVID-19 is widespread in communities and for people who have been in close, prolonged contact with someone ill with COVID-19. We work with people to make a plan that keeps them, their families and the public safe.
This plan includes doing the following for the 14 days after the most recent exposure:
Checking one’s temperature twice a day.
Avoiding places where many people gather, including stores, workplaces, and schools.
Staying off transportation like planes, trains, and buses.
Calling one’s healthcare provider promptly if fever, cough, or trouble breathing develop.
COVID-19 is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in 2019 and has since spread globally into a pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While roughly 80% of cases report mild symptoms, some progress into severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure and can lead to death. Current data indicates the risk of death for those contracting COVID-19 notably increases for individuals above the age of 60 or for individuals with autoimmune conditions. On January 11, 2020, the first set of individuals in the United States tested positive for COVID-19. The virus has since spread across all 50 states and the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 continues to rapidly grow each day.
Ohio officials are developing strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns and uncertainties it brings, but they cannot flatten the curve on their own. Every Ohioan has a part to play in helping to save lives. For many, this will mean staying at home. For others, it will mean taking care of the most vulnerable among us or providing healthcare, food, education, information, or the things we need to stay safe at home.
Another way to help is to support local businesses. Visit Support Local Ohio at https://ohio.org/supportlocalohio/ to find links to local restaurants and retailers you can support by ordering delivery or carryout, making online purchases, or buying gift cards.
Preventing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 and preventing deaths will take us all working together to limit exposure to as few people as possible. While most people who contract COVID-19 will recover, they can pass the disease on to two or three other people, sometimes without even knowing it. If COVID-19 cases continue to increase, healthcare providers could become overwhelmed and run out of supplies to protect themselves and treat patients — not just COVID-19 patients, but also others. For details on the stay-at-home order, look here.
For questions related to COVID-19, the public can call the NDDoH health hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.
Physical Distancing is Social Responsibility
Stay home as much as possible, inconvenient as it may seem, it will ultimately impact the trajectory of this outbreak.
Even if you are healthy, it is still extremely important. Staying home:
Protects the vulnerable
Reduces the pressure felt by our hospitals, providers, and first responders
We are all in this together. Here’s how you can help
Even if you think you are not sick, physical distancing can help protect your grandparents, parents, other family members, neighbors, and friends. Of greatest concern are individuals with underlying health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung conditions.
COVID-19 is a highly infectious and fast-spreading virus. Symptoms and their effects can range from mild to severe and in certain cases result in extreme health complications and death. Positive cases have been identified in communities across New Mexico. State health officials continue to test, process, monitor and track instances of the virus — and the state of New Mexico has taken proactive, aggressive public health actions to mitigate the spread of the disease.
• Mathematical models help predict the COVID-19 epidemic so we can direct resources and ultimately save lives • Early data that our NH Strategy appears to be controlling the spread of COVID-19 • We need to continue to work together to protect each other and those most vulnerable in NH
What is Community Mitigation?
Community mitigation is a package of actions that don’t involve medicines or vaccines and are important for stopping the spread of COVID-19:
1. Staying home
2. Keeping a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others
3. Moving to remote learning for schools 4. Encouraging tele-work for businesses 5. Cancelling mass gatherings
6. Closing non-essential businesses
Goals of Community Mitigation
1. Slow how fast the epidemic is spreading 2. Spread out when people get sick (delay the peak) 3. Reduce the overall number of patients 4. Decrease deaths 5. Prevent overwhelming our healthcare system