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HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Team providing relief at CRMC

Connecticut One Commander, Lynn Hayes' NDMS patch Wednesday morning.
Connecticut One Commander, Lynn Hayes' NDMS patch Wednesday morning.(Will Thomas)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:26 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state, Gov. Mark Gordon recently announced the state will be getting some assistance.

Earlier this week, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s President and CEO, Tim Thornell, said the hospital has been feeling the impacts of the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, which hit an all time high at 60 last week. Thornell made it clear that it wasn’t space or personal protective equipment where the hospital is struggling, it’s staff. He said many have gotten sick or had to quarantine because a family member has COVID-19.

The good news is, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Disaster Medical Assistance Team arrived in Cheyenne last Thursday, Nov. 19.

“It’s very gratifying and it’s an honor to actually come in and assist. I think especially over Thanksgiving, it really shows you what you have to be thankful for, and for us to be able to come in and be able to provide a little relief for the staff, that’s our main motivation for doing this,” said HHS DMAT Connecticut One Team Commander, Lynn Hayes.

The Connecticut One Team is made up of Hayes and 30 other members including nurses, physician assistants, logisticians and a safety officer. 16 are in Cheyenne and 15 are in Gillette. The teams main focus is giving the local medical workers relief, helping take care of COVID-19 patients and any other help the hospitals need while they are in town.

Hayes said the hospitality her team has received since being here, has blown her away.

“We have been just blown away by the care and concern for us, and the smiles that we see on people faces, through their eyes, that we’re here to be able to just provide them with a little bit of relief,” said Hayes.

This is the Connecticut One Team’s fifth deployment across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic and they operate in two week windows. The team will be in Wyoming until Dec. 1st.

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