Men break into Wy. hospital building to steal toilet paper

Police are searching for two men who broke into an office building and stole masks, then attempted to steal toilet paper from the hospital itself


Seth Klamann
Casper Star-Tribune

DOUGLAS, Wy. — Two men broke into a Memorial Hospital of Converse County building last week to steal protective gear, a hospital executive said Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the hospital’s chief operating officer, Karl Hertz, said in a statement that a potential coronavirus patient who was admitted over the weekend has tested negative for the illness.

Two men broke into a Memorial Hospital of Converse County building to steal toilet paper and protective gear. (Photo/TNS)
Two men broke into a Memorial Hospital of Converse County building to steal toilet paper and protective gear. (Photo/TNS)

Hertz said that two men broke into the hospital’s office building and stole masks; they then attempted to break into the hospital itself in an attempt to steal “masks, gloves, and toilet paper.” Surveillance footage was turned over to Douglas Police, and no arrests were made as of Tuesday morning.

The hospital changed its procedures and “removed all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from public access,” Hertz said in an email.

The test results for the patient, who was admitted to the hospital’s isolation room for care, came back on Monday evening. No other patients at the Douglas hospital have met the criteria for testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The hospital announced that it has made changes to its operations in light of the pandemic. They include:

  • evaluating patients with respiratory symptoms at their cars prior to seeing a provider;
  • asking screening questions prior to allowing patients entry to the hospital’s primary care clinics;
  • closing outlying specialty clinics;
  • canceling elective surgeries beginning March 23. They will be rescheduled to a later date;
  • primary care providers will be canceling or rescheduling non-urgent appointments.
  • The hospital has previously announced additional measures, including restricting access to the facility.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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