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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.

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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 Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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:

  • 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.