WMC: 21 people in the hospital with COVID-19

WMC: 21 people in the hospital with COVID-19
WMC: 21 people in the hospital with COVID-19(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 7:24 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Medical Center hosted a press conference and shared information about the COVID-19 status in Natrona County.

Dr. James Bleicher, the interim WMC CEO, said they are categorizing the 21 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 as a code orange.

“This is one step before disaster,” Bleicher said.  Dr. Mark Dowell, a Natrona County health official, added that COVID-19 isn’t a hoax or fake news.

“It’s not going to go away for the next several months. I think it’s going to get a lot worse,” Dowell said.

However, Dr. Andy Dunn, chief of WMC staff and primary care, said the community has masks and social distancing on their side to stop the spread.

Another way they said the community can do their part is to answer the phone when they get a call from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

Anna Kinder, the CNCHD executive director, said providing an accurate phone number will help with contact tracing.

Dr. Ghazi Ghanem, a Natrona County Health official, said cases are on the rise and they are anticipating 30 people in the hospital by the end of the month.

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