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Update on Cody Cupboard Annual Food Drive

This is usually the time of year when planning begins for the Cody Cupboard Food Drive in November. Due to the recurrence of the COVID virus and the toll it is taking on our healthcare facilities, the Board of Directors of the Cody Cupboard has decided to postpone the Annual Community Cody Cupboard Food Drive scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021 until 2022.

At this time, we are not able to safely conduct the annual food drive or process the large quantities of donated food safely. However our ability to support the needs of the Cody Community will be greatly impacted without your generosity.

To this end, we are proclaiming the first week of November to be support the Cody Cupboard Week. Now more than ever, monetary donations are necessary to ensure a continued supply of food that is used for distribution throughout the year. In addition, donations help fund the upcoming community Christmas Boxes.

We ask that you send contributions to:
The Cody Cupboard
PO Box 3006
Cody, WY 82414

Although we aren’t comfortable processing large quantities of food at the Cupboard, we continue to welcome food donations made on an individual basis with the physical drop-off located at the rear of the Cody Cupboard facility at 602 16th Street.

On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Cody Cupboard and on behalf of the clients we serve each year, please accept our deepest gratitude for your continued support. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy and “save the date” for the Community Food Drive in 2022!

Sincerely,
Dan Schein
The Cody Cupboard 2021 Chairperson

Local COVID-19 Update from Cody Regional Health

Cody Regional Health has recently seen a significant increase in COVID patients at their walk-in clinic, emergency department and acute care critical care (ACU/CCU) units.

Due to this significant increase in COVID patients, the hospital has converted an entire wing into a COVID treatment ward that holds 8 single occupancy beds, with the capability to convert their rooms into double occupancy for a total of 16 beds with an additional 3 ICU beds. The COVID wing is currently at full capacity with all 8 single beds in use.

CRH is working closely with the county and state health officials to follow hospital policies and guidelines from The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Treating providers are using the most up-to-date recommendations from the national institutes of health and infectious disease society of America to provide the best care to our community members who fall ill.

CRH Administration is limiting visitors to 1 per patient between the hours of 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at this time, and will return patient visitation in a limited format for non-COVID ACU patients and OB patients after COVID numbers decline.

To preserve Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Cody Regional Health’s (CRH) Walk-in Clinic team, located within Cathcart Health Center at 424 Yellowstone Avenue in Cody, Wyoming, are asking patients with respiratory related issues to use their walk-in clinic during the first 2 hours of opening, Monday through Friday | 8:00 to 10:00 AM | and Saturday through Sunday | 9:00 to 11:30 AM |.

No appointment is needed to come to the walk-in clinic.

Respiratory Clinic Symptoms include:

• Fever
• Cough
• Shortness of breath
• Diarrhea
• Loss of taste/sense of smell
• Nausea-vomiting
• Sore throat

The Respiratory Clinic will not be offering testing for those without symptoms at this site.

Patients experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations or other more serious symptoms should go to the closest ER or call 9-1-1.

For further questions about COVID-19 testing please visit www.codyregionalhealth.org or visit www.CDC.gov continues to screen and following all COVID safety protocols. If there is a suspected case of COVID-19 and the person is not sick enough to be hospitalized, people will be sent home to self-isolate. If they have family living with them they will also be asked to self-isolate. Cody Regional Health and Park County Public Health will be working together to monitor each case.

“Cody Regional Health has the best protocols in place to prevent and protect our patients from COVID-19. We have a tested plan in place and will continue to monitor this situation closely,” states Keith Ungrund, Chief Clinical Officer at Cody Regional Health.

For assistance with this story, please contact Cody Regional Health at crh@codyregionalhealth.org.

Wyoming State Park Permits 2021

We are an authorized vendor for these permits

WY Resident Permit Fees for 2021:
$48 Day Use
$24 Additional Day Use Permits
$80 Overnight Camping
$40 Additional Overnight Camping Permits

Non-Resident Permit Fees for 2021:
$96 Day Use
$48 Additional Day Use Permits

Locals - please bring along your vehicle registration information and your Wyoming driver's license to confirm your in-state residency. Additional vehicle or replacement permits registered to same household are only offered in person with proof of original receipt!

More information (and the option to purchase online) on State Park Permits can be found on the State Parks website.

Housing Assistance Now Available (Contact Numbers Corrected)

In Wyoming 2-1-1's October Newsletter, they shared that Wyoming has received CARES ACT Funding to assist individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence situations. This temporary program can assist with homelessness prevention programs, rent, rent deposits, utility deposits and utility payments. The funds are being dispersed by 6 agencies statewide. Individuals can be referred to Wyoming 2-1-1 and we will get them directed to the appropriate agency representing the client's county. Contact information has been UPDATED -- Please see below:

Wyoming 2-1-1 - Statewide
Dial 2-1-1 or 888-425-7138
Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Johnson, Park, Sheridan, or Washakie
307-672-0475 or 307-751-5708

Express Arrow Bus Service

Express Arrow is operating a limited day schedule route that makes stops in Wyoming at Lovell, Cody, Greybull, Basin, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, and Casper.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card, or locally with cash in Cody at the Wyoming Buffalo Company, 1270 Sheridan Avenue, 10am - 6pm.

The pick up and drop off location in Cody is the Paul Stock Aquatic & Recreation Center, 1402 Heart Mountain Street. Dirt lot south west corner of property. Be sure to have someone there to pick you up.

Contact Express Arrow's main office at 877-779-2999.

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