Tests flown to Cheyenne

Coolers filled with test samples from Teton County's community testing event sit in a Subaru, ready to be delivered to the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory.

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Last week's community COVID-19 testing event was so successful, the Teton County Health Department had to call on the Air Force.

Well, kind of.

The Wyoming Wing Civil Air Patrol stepped up following Thursday's event to fly two coolers containing 470 samples from coronavirus testing to the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory in Cheyenne. The samples had been driven from St. John's Health to Big Piney Airport.

Lt. Alex Heil flew them from Big Piney to Cheyenne, but the day was not without its excitement. Bad weather in Big Piney on Friday night forced Heil to stay overnight in the state capital before returning Saturday.

The Civil Air Patrol is the U.S. Air Force's auxiliary, a nonprofit with more than 66,000 members nationwide. It helps with inland search and rescue and homeland security operations.

In this case, the Civil Air Patrol also did its part to help contain the coronavirus.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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