News November 12, 2020

Wyoming to Import Healthcare Workers to Fight Virus

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Governor Mark Gordon is utilizing $10-million in CARES Act funds to bring additional medical personnel to the state to alleviate the strain on hospitals and Wyoming health care professionals.

Wyoming’s hospitals are currently seeing a drastic spike in COVID-19 cases and report that the main concern at this time is having adequate staffing.

The Wyoming Department of Health has partnered with the Wyoming Hospital Association to bring in temporary medical personnel to address the surge in hospitalizations that has occurred around the state, and to prepare for additional staffing needs that are likely to arise.

As of November 10th, Wyoming hospitals were reporting a record 178 COVID-19 current hospitalizations. One month ago, there were only 56.

The Wyoming Hospital Association will work with the state’s hospitals to evaluate medical staff shortages and consult with the Department of Health on each facilities’ needs.

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