Governor Uses CARES Funding to Bring in Additional Nursing Staff to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has allocated $10 million in CARES Act funding to help with staffing shortages in assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the state. Sheridan Media’s Ron Richter has more.

Additional Nursing Staff

The Wyoming Department of Health has partnered with the Wyoming Hospital Association in the effort, which will bring traveling nurses and certified nursing aides to facilities in need of additional staff. According to the Department of Health, many facilities around the state are experiencing shortages due to staff members having either tested positive for COVID-19 or because they are required to quarantine.

Governor Gordon said in a media release that residents of long-term care facilities are among our most vulnerable citizens, and these facilities have been significantly impacted by the surge in cases we are seeing and that the funding will help ensure that these facilities can continue providing the level of care residents need.

The Wyoming Hospital Association is working with the Wyoming Health Care Association to determine facilities most in need of additional staff. The WHA will work with staffing agencies to provide traveling staff to those facilities. It currently has signed contracts to bring 88 additional staff members to Wyoming nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and expects that number to increase in the coming weeks.



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