Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced today a plan to utilize $10 million of CARES Act funds to bring additional medical personnel to Wyoming to assist the state’s healthcare professionals. Hospitals in Wyoming have seen a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases and adequate staffing at hospitals has become an issue.
As of yesterday, Nov. 10, Wyoming hospitals were reporting 178 COVID-19 hospitalizations (a new record). One month ago, the state had 56 people hospitalized related to COVID-19.
The Governor’s press release stated that the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is partnering with the Wyoming Hospital Association (WHA) to bring in temporary medical personnel. The partnership and CARES Act funds will help address the recent surge in hospitalizations and prepare for expected increases in the future.
“We are grateful to the Governor for recognizing the imminent need for additional staffing around the state,” said Eric Boley, WHA President. “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.”
Under the partnership, WHA will work with the state’s hospitals to evaluate medical staff shortages and consult with WDH.
13 added to Wyoming COVID-19 death count
In a separate release yesterday, WDH announced 13 additional deaths in Wyoming related to COVID-19. Death certificates that do not describe COVID-19 as either causing or contributing to the person’s death are not included in counts.
Of the 13 deaths, one man from Campbell County died within the last week. The man was not hospitalized but was a resident of a long-term care facility.
Of the remaining 12 deaths, one was from Carbon County, three were from Fremont County, five were from Laramie County, and three were from Natrona County.
Three of the 13 individuals were described as adults. The remaining 10 were described as older adults.
Per WDH figures, Wyoming has had 127 coronavirus-related deaths, 16,518 lab confirmed cases (9,633 recovered), and 2,856 probable cases to date (1,601 probable case recoveries). There are 6,885 active cases statewide.
Campbell County has had six coronavirus-related deaths, 1,601 lab confirmed cases (707 recovered), and 127 probable cases (55 probable case recoveries). The county’s active cases total 894.