As COVID-19 Numbers Rise Officials Say They Are Ready

Oct 21, 2020

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Gov. Mark Gordon says the trend of COVID-19 cases in the state is going straight up.

During a news conference, the governor noted that over the last two weeks, Wyoming has averaged 152 new cases a day which has stressed hospitals. But, Gordon said that's something the state planned for.

"Many facilities have plans to create additional capacity if it becomes necessary and in some cases it already has," said Gordon. "We focused on making sure that each had the necessary PPE (Personal Protective equipment) and in most cases that's more than a 30-day supply. And as we have seen advances in treatments, we wanted to make sure hospitals had access to those as well."

Gordon added that he's worried healthcare workers might be worn down as they work long hours treating patients.

State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist also added that while hospital numbers are a concern, medical providers have more tools to treat people than a few months ago. She notes that many of the new cases have come from large social gatherings and she urges people to follow safety guidelines, even if it's a family gathering.