Those with respiratory issues urged to stay indoors


ROCK SPRINGS – The smoke-filled skies over can be troublesome for those with respiratory issues.

The health care professionals at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County say extra precautions should be taken.

“People with respiratory issues are urged to take precautions,” said MHSC Respiratory Therapist Christine Chewning. “We recommend people stay inside their homes if at all possible.”

Limit your exposure if you have any type of heart or lung disease, are an older adult or child, have diabetes or are pregnant.

“We haven’t seen much of an influx in respiratory issues,” MHSC Director of Cardiopulmonary Services Crystal Hamblin said Tuesday morning. “If you are concerned, get with your primary care provider to manage symptoms.”

If you don’t have a primary care provider, MHSC’s Family Medicine doctors offer same-day appointments. Call 307-212-7708.

“For severe respiratory distress, please come to the emergency room,” Hamblin said.

Sweetwater County has had hazy skies for the past 10 days as a result of wildfires in Montana, according to Sweetwater County Fire Warden Mike Bournazian.

Fires around Pocatello and Boise, Idaho, kicked up this weekend, pushing more smoke into the area, he said. Plus, the Pole Creek Fire, now burning on the Kemmerer Ranger District in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, has grown to more than 3,000 acres as of Sunday afternoon.

Adding to that, British Columbia is having a record fire season, Bournazian said. All of the smoke from those fires is moving across the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies.

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