VIDEO: Mayor Tim Kaumo Asks Public to Put Politics Aside and Wear Masks

VIDEO: Mayor Tim Kaumo Asks Public to Put Politics Aside and Wear Masks

Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo asks residents to put politics aside and wear face coverings amid the recent COVID-19 Coronavirus surge. YouTube photo

ROCK SPRINGS — In a message to residents, Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo posted a video on the City of Rock Springs Facebook page this morning in regard to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

In the video, Kaumo encouraged residents to put politics aside and do what needs to be done to keep the community moving forward amid the pandemic.

Kaumo said he wanted to share some suggestions he has on keeping the community safe, businesses open and ensuring the healthcare workers are not overwhelmed during these critical times.

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First and foremost, I believe we can all agree that we don’t like and we don’t need more government regulations in our lives. With the recent mandate to use face coverings, several of our citizens feel that their rights have been taken away.

– Rock Springs Mayor Tim Kaumo

“I look at this from a common sense stand point of people just helping people,” Kaumo said. “It’s simple. I’m confident that people are responsible and can make responsible decisions without having to be forced to do so.”

“We have to make responsible decisions every day and we do this without having to being told to do it,” Kaumo said.

He said by now everyone knows what the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations are in regards to slowing the spread of the COVID-19. Washing hands for more than 20 seconds several times a day, using hand sanitizer, maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from others outside of the immediate family, and using a face covering when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

“Let’s don’t politicize this. Let’s look at the big picture of just simply making responsible decisions on your own without having to be told to do it,” Kaumo said. “I don’t like having to wear a mask just as many of you don’t, but I feel it’s a very small price to pay if by doing this it may help keep our economy moving forward, protect other around me, especially small children, our seniors, and those with immune deficiencies; and ultimately slow the spread of this virus.”

Those who can’t wear masks due to health problems, will take other precautions,

“Rock Springs has always been a strong community and I know together we will overcome this situation and rise above it,” Kaumo said.

He said the community needs to stop debating this issue on social media and making it political.

This isn’t about politics. It’s about us. And it’s about taking care of each other no matter what your political beliefs may be. Let’s take that which divides us and use it to unite us in this most critical time in our lives.

– Mayor Kaumo

“Let’s wear a mask when needed, not because you’ve been told you have to, but because you want to do what you can to get us all back to normal life,” he said.


What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, please call your primary care provider or seek medical attention.

Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Follow Public Health Orders
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially when physical distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t practical.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

For current news, updates, closures and resources, please visit our COVID-19 Coronavirus page here.