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Drop in COVID cases and hospitalizations gives CRMC the chance to focus more on every day operations

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's main campus Tuesday morning.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's main campus Tuesday morning.(Will Thomas)
Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 6:08 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The last year has been a challenge for everyone. It’s also been a major challenge for hospitals around the world, including Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. With COVID cases around the county and state staying low, it’s given CRMC much needed relief to focus on other operations.

“Today we only have five COVID positive patients in the hospital, only one is in the ICU and no one is on a ventilator, so it’s good to see that reduction in hospitalizations,” said CRMC President and CEO, Tim Thornell.

Thornell said what’s also positive is the amount of vaccine that’s been administered across the county and state. As of Tuesday, Thornell said 55% of their staff has been vaccinated. CRMC not being overwhelmed with COVID patients also allows it to focus on its every day operations.

“We’re looking forward as a hospital to be able to focus more on what we do most and do best, which is take care of people for their routine health needs. So we’re looking forward to being able to put, it’ll still be many months down the road, to kind of put COVID behind us and in some sense it will never go away, but to be able to get back more on a routine basis.”

Thornell said CRMC is looking forward to completing and showing projects to the community in the coming months.

He also said that although Governor Mark Gordon will be loosening health restrictions across the state next week, to be safe, CRMC will continue to require staff, visitors and patients to wear masks for the foreseeable future.

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