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Health department looking to replace generator to protect vaccines

(Casper-Natrona County Health Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper-Natrona County Health Department store some vaccines which need to be kept at cold temperatures.

The generator at the health department led to numerous power outages at the department over summer 2019, according to Executive Director Anna Kinder.

Those power outages affected refrigerators and freezers storing the vaccines, which could have led to a loss of $160,000 worth of vaccines.

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“Fortunately we were able to have back up and have had no vaccine lost to date,” Kinder said in a letter to the Casper City Council.

The health department is requesting that the City of Casper and Natrona County split the cost of a new generator. A new Caterpillar generator would cost $44,650.

“It is critical for the Health Department to be prepared for any kind of disaster, emergency or outbreak that our city and county could experience,” Kinder added.

Kinder presented the request to the Casper City Council during their Tuesday, Feb. 11 work session.

The city council indicated that they were in favor of the health department’s request. They’ll need to formally approve the funding during a regular meeting.