During a recent media briefing meeting with Sheridan Memorial Hospital leadership, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Addlesperger said the hospital is expecting an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the coming weeks.
According to Dr. Addlesperger there is evidence that suggests a peak in cases will develop approximately 12 days after a peak in incidents within the community. That peak in incidents is likely to occur over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced Thursday that the State will receive resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Wyoming National Guard, and through traveling medical staff contracted using CARES Act funds that the Governor directed to the Wyoming Hospital Association.
The incoming medical staff will be required in the coming weeks as more SMH staff continue to become infected while off the clock, according to Addlesperger.
Staffing is currently sufficient at the hospital due to early cross training, which will continue into the future, according to Chief Nursing Officer Barb Hespen.
To aid in the effort of prevention, SMH has created a COVID-19 Resources page for the public to utilize. The page contains helpful information that can be accessed and used to answer many questions regarding COVID-19.
Sheridan Memorial Hospital Marketing Manager Alan Dubberley.
The COVID-19 Resources page can be accessed here.