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Welcome to the Wyoming Next Gen Exchange.  The Exchange is intended to be an ongoing one-stop source of information and assistance for Wyoming’s Next Gen Sector Partnerships.  Our current emphasis is on sharing strategies and resources for managing through the new reality created by COVID-19.  We encourage all Next Gen business and public partners to share their best practices and let us know how we can make this site more valuable for you.  We will be adding information and resources constantly and will notify you regularly with updates.  While we will update you on available state government assistance, we hope that you will use this site to help each other in the best tradition of Next Gen.

New Resources

Release: OSHA has launched a webpage to help construction workers during the coronavirus pandemic

ReleaseNew Mexico’s Human Services Department will pay back wages after denying a worker sick leave to care for her children due to coronavirus-related circumstances

Release: OSHA has issued an alert on social distancing

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Share best practices, availability of items, needs, page suggestions, and resources here.

Upcoming Events

WY Manufacturers Happy Hour

Canceled until further notice

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Notes from previous WY Manufacturers Happy Hour meetings

04.02.2020 Manufacturing Notes

04.10.2020 Manufacturing Notes

WY Healthcare Happy Hour

Please contact Laurie Knowlton Walters at 307-777-8716 or for information.

Notes from previous WY Healthcare Happy Hour meetings

04.15.2020 Healthcare Notes


From CDC: The CDC guidance continues to be re-vamped and tailored to certain settings, but the overall advice on prevention measures hasn’t significantly changed in recent weeks. 
There is new CDC guidance on serologic (antibody) testing, as these have become more widely available. CDC also developed and is using its own antibody test for disease surveillance.   
The CDC’s free print resources for COVID-19 education have also been recently updated and are available in numerous languages. 

Fact Sheet for Working in Office Buildings 
CDC published a new fact sheet for office building employers, building owners and managers, and building operations specialists. The fact sheet provides detailed steps to create a safe and healthy workplace and protect workers and clients from COVID-19 exposure. 

Resuming Business Toolkit
CDC has developed a toolkit to guide employers as they seek to resume normal or phased business operations. The toolkit is based on CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to COVID-19 and is designed to assist employers as they implement that guidance in their workplaces. These tools will help employers in planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19.

Wyoming-Montana Safety Council Return to Work Safely Framework

OSHA alert on protecting rideshare and taxi workers

OSHA alert on protecting dental industry workers

OSHA alert on protecting retail pharmacy workers

OSHA alert on protecting nursing home and long-term care workers during the coronavirus.

Manufacturing Critical Needs Survey

Healthcare Critical Needs Survey

The U.S. Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program

EIDL Loan Advance

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Debt Relief

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Workforce Resources in Response to COVID-19

Information to help Wyoming employers and workers prevent exposure to and infection from the COVID-19

Wyoming Department of Health COVID-19 Information

The Wyoming Business Council

Resources for Employers include access to Technical Assistance, a Financial Checklist, Financial Resource Information, Business Best Practices, Human Resources Assistance, Securing Your Supply Chain, Protect Your Community

Resources for Employees include access to Health Coverage and Child Care, and Financial Relief

Additional Resources

Wyoming Manufacturer PPE Availability – Disruptive MedTech Inc

Characteristics of Health Care Personnel with COVID-19 — United States, February 12–April 9, 2020

Transmission of COVID-19 to Health Care Personnel During Exposures to a Hospitalized Patient — Solano County, California, February 2020

Medical Resources

Intubation Box to Protect Medical Workers from COVID-19

Priority Industries

Wyoming Next Gen Infographic

Wyoming Next Gen Sustainability Toolkit

National Next Gen Website

National Next Gen Video

Medical Equipment & PPE

The FDA has provided guidance on 3D printing Medical Devices, Accessories, Components, and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Masks & Shields

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For more information contact:
Gustave Anderson at Disruptive Med Tech

Medical Equipment

Avvid Corporation is a high-volume, high-precision CNC machine shop with 25 years of experience providing components for a variety of uses including medical devices and parts. The Avvid team is committed to supporting those in the healthcare system experiencing supply chain challenges. We are prepared to repurpose production capacity to meet immediate medical supply chain shortages and healthcare needs.

If you are a medical provider with a specific need or have information about a gap we may be able to fill, please email us at or call 307.742.2113.

Between our talented team and our network of manufacturers and suppliers, we want to help shorten supply chains and alleviate critical supply shortages. Let us know how we can help. 

NIOSH Respirator Resources

This NIOSH science blog provides a great, one-stop overview of respiratory protection requirements, with links to expanded information as needed for COVID-19. There is also a factsheet at the bottom of the page about how to recognize a NIOSH approved respirator:

This is the guidance for respirator manufacturers:

Here is the latest guidance on counterfeit respirators, released April 2, 2020:

Contact Us

Share an upcoming event, available resources, ask a question, or get details about how to become involved with a partnership.

Laurie Knowlton Walters
Policy Analyst
DWS Liaison to the Wyoming Workforce Development Council
Department of Workforce Services