Wyoming Governor Activates Guard For Hospital Covid-19 Cases

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor has activated the state's National Guard to provide temporary assistance to hospitals that are dealing with a surge of COVID-19 patients.

Gov. Mark Gordon activated 95 soldiers and airmen on Tuesday to serve at 24 sites in 17 cities, his office said.

“I am grateful to the members of our Wyoming National Guard for once again answering the call to provide assistance in our hospitals during this surge,” Gordon said in a statement.

Guard members will be responsible for support tasks such as cleaning, food service, COVID-19 screening and managing supplies of personal protective equipment. Some will be trained to administer COVID-19 tests, officials said.

On Tuesday, Wyoming hospitals reported they were treating 190 patients with COVID-19, down from a recent high of 223 on Sept. 8. The state's highest hospitalized population was 247 on Nov. 30, 2020.

“The delta variant has overwhelmed the medical institutions of states across this country," Col. David Pritchett, director of the joint staff for the Wyoming National Guard, said in a statement. "Our state is no different with most hospitals at or near capacity,”

The Guard members will serve 14- to 30-day rotations, with the potential to continue serving through the end of the year.