September 22, 2021 |

Memorial Hospital of Carbon County will not be hosting any of the National Guard members that the governor activated yesterday to help medical facilities around Wyoming.

With COVID-related hospitalizations up statewide, Governor Mark Gordon yesterday called up about 95 Wyoming National Guard soldiers and airmen to provide support to medical facilities in the state requesting help.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports that approximately 200 people with COVID-19 were in state hospitals on Tuesday, which is near the number seen last year during the peak of the viral spread.

The guardsmen were assigned to 24 hospital locations in 17 Wyoming cities, according to the Governor’s office. They will provide temporary assistance at the facilities to help ease workloads.

Stephanie Hinkle at the county hospital here told Bigfoot 99 in an email that MHCC put in a request to be considered for the Guard’s help.

“Unfortunately,” Hinkle wrote, “there were no volunteers that signed up for Rawlins so we will not be having any Guard members on site.”

The Department of Health’s Statewide Hospital resource page showed 185 hospitalizations in Wyoming last night, none at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County. All of the ICU beds in Rawlins are open, according to the state site.

Pictured above: File photo of a COVID-19 screening station at MHCC. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

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