Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is at capacity and needs more medical staff

Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 9:11 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is currently running at capacity with CoVid and Non- CoVid patients.

The Chief Medical Officer at CRMC says they are starting to see an uptick in numbers as younger CoVid patients are being hospitalized. Of those, only 10 percent have been vaccinated.

“At one point our average age in our ICU was in the mid-thirties, which was very different when we were in November, December, January when we were in the more 70s range,” said Dr. Jeffrey Chapman, Chief Medical Officer, CRMC.

As of this morning, there are 24 hospitalized, which has jumped from 15 two weeks ago. Children’s numbers are also going up both in cases and hospitalizations.

Hospital staff is also running low; Cheyenne Regional Medical Center saw its last capacity surge in April and November of 2020.

“We’re having trouble with staffing. We have more health care personnel who, we refer to them as agency, but they don’t live here, they don’t work here. We pay them a premium rate to come fill in where we have staffing needs , and we’re seeing that number go up,” said Chapman.

Although the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) has asked for a global moratorium on booster until low-income countries can get access to at least one dose for their citizens, the CDC will start recommending booster shots as we move into winter, for everyone, beyond the currently recommended immuno-compromised.

Cheyenne Regional staff are not required to be vaccinated or tested for CoVid.

The vaccine rate in Wyoming is around 34 percent, with a surplus of vaccines available.

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