More than 1,000 cloth masks disappeared from Wyoming Medical Center sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the hospital said Wednesday.
“We hope to find the missing masks in the next few days, but in the meantime, keep those donations coming,” the hospital said in a statement.
It’s unclear what happened to the masks, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday, including whether they were stolen. They went missing from the hospital’s laundry department.
“We don’t know what happened to them but we are working hard to get them replaced,” WMC spokesman Kristy Bleizeffer said.
Masks and other protective gear have become a hot commodity over the past month as providers burn through them treating coronavirus patients and supplies begin to run low. Casper residents have donated masks — handmade or procured previously by contractors for their own use — to help offset any shortage.
In daily press briefings and interviews in recent weeks, county officials have described the shortage of the equipment — masks, gowns and eye protection — as critical and desperate. Gov. Mark Gordon said late last week that equipment shipments intended for Wyoming were diverted to other hot spots elsewhere.
Last month, two men attempted to steal masks and toilet paper from the hospital in Converse County.
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