Cody Regional Health Asks Residents For a Crutch or Two
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 17, 2021
Do you have crutches? Because Cody Regional Health needs them to keep patients on their feet while supply chain shortages continue throughout northwest Wyoming.
When a Cody resident hears Cody Regional Health is seeking donations, they might think the hospital is looking for money, masks, or even blood. But the latest “request for support” will help keep several patients on their feet.
On Monday, Nov. 15, Cody Regional Health posted a request for crutches on Facebook. Anyone who has a set of crutches – that they aren’t currently using – is encouraged to drop them off at the hospital.
Crutch donations can be left at the main entrance of Cody Regional Health’s Westpark campus between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Supply chain disruptions are a global problem, not just isolated to Wyoming. COVID-19 not only halted everyday life around the world. Industry and manufacturing were put on hold, and some industries are still mostly inactive.
The state has been aware of supply chains issues for some time. Oil City News reports Governor Mark Gordon cited a shortage of aviation fuel as particularly urgent during an August phone call, especially during the peak of summer tourism.
That particular shortage led to a temporary executive order. From July 20 to Aug. 20, temporary emergency rules were enacted for W.Y.D.OT. allowing drivers to drive longer hours and make extra deliveries of gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel to help prevent potential shortages.
Meanwhile, local restaurants and other service entities spent the summer struggling with staff and supply shortages.
Cody businesses spent the summer looking for workers, foodstuffs at reasonable prices, and rental cars – which didn’t seem to be available. Unfortunately, situations haven’t gotten much better as global supply chains continue to be disrupted.
Cody Regional Health has been getting more critical medical supplies thanks to emergency use authorizations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But crutches, it seems, are still elusive.
One thing that isn’t in short supply in Cody? COVID-19 vaccines.
Park County Public Health announced a large vaccination clinic at the Cody Rec Center on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
“Our FEMA volunteers will be offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at the Paul Stock Recreation Center on 11/17/2021 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Vaccinations are free of charge, and no appointments are necessary.”
Vaccines will still be offered by appointment at the Cody Park County Public Health office on 11/17/2021