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Gov to use CARES Act funds to bring healthcare support during COVID surge in Wyoming

Governor Mark Gordon is co-chair of the Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors. (Photo courtesy of Wyoming PBS via YouTube)

Governor Mark Gordon announced his intention to use funding from the CARES Act to bring in additional medical personnel to the state to help support hospitals as COVID-19 surges.

According to a release issued on Wednesday morning, $10 million in funding will be used to “alleviate the strain on hospitals and Wyoming health care professionals.”

The release didn’t say where the professionals would come from, as hospitals in neighboring states are also under pressure as the virus surges across the country.

According to The Covid Tracking Project, there are currently a record 178 COVID patients in the state’s hospitals. A month ago there were just 56 hospitalizations.

The governor’s release says the Wyoming Department of Health has partnered with the Wyoming Hospital Association to help bring in the temporary medical personnel.

“Medical staff across the state are strained and exhausted. There is an immediate need to bring in additional help to ease the burden shouldered by our healthcare professionals,” said Wyoming Hospital Association president Eric Boley in the release.

Gordon said in the release that the funding will “help ease the strain on our hospitals and healthcare workers.” The governor said Wyoming can’t rely on transferring patients out of state as other states are experiencing surges as well.

“I want to ensure Wyoming maintains its ability to provide our residents access to the treatments and care they need,” he said in the release.

“The temporary medical personnel will allow hospitals to treat additional patients, offset staff shortages that may occur due to illness and provide relief to hospital staff dealing with heavy workloads and long stretches of overtime,” said the release.

The governor is planning on holding a press conference to be streamed live on Friday, at 10 a.m.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.