Cheyenne Regional Medical Center seeing an increase in COVID-19 positive patients

Published: Oct. 22, 2020 at 3:27 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The spike in covid cases has reached to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) as the increase among patients is at a bigger rate than ever before. On Wednesday, October 22, 16 patients tested positive from COVID-19. Three of them are in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), two were put on ventilators. From March 2020 through May, the peek was 10 positive patients for one day. President and CEO of CRMC Tim Thornell says the hospital started seeing the cases increase about 3-4 weeks ago.

“We don’t know if we’ve reached our peek yet, it still continues to climb,” Thornell said. “We may not be at our high point right now; we may still see these numbers increase.”

From originally having just 12 beds to treat covid patients, CRMC has adapted to treatment by expanding it to a whole department. Another CRMC priority is to make sure that the staff stays safe.

“Our biggest risk point is really our staff,” Thornell said. “If our staff gets sick, then that will be our biggest problem in taking care of everyone else.”

The hospital makes sure to promote social distancing, wearing masks, hand hygiene, flu shots, and recommends people to stay home if one does not feel well. In the end, CRMC wants to make sure they do enough to slow the spread of the virus.

“That’s why it’s really important that not just we here at the hospital do our best to prevent the spread and have some safety precautions.”

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