Record Number Of Hospitalizations As Active Coronavirus Cases Climb

Figures from individual hospitals in Wyoming show the available space in ICU rooms is beginning to run low.

Jim Angell

October 22, 20203 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Editor’s Note: This is a map of the active coronavirus cases in each county across Wyoming. The number of active cases is determined by subtracting the total number of recoveries seen since the illness first reached Wyoming in mid-March from the total number of confirmed and probable cases diagnosed during the same time period and taking into account deaths related to the disease.

The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased again Thursday, climbing by 114 as the number of people hospitalized for treatment of the illness reached a record.

The Wyoming Department of Health, in its daily coronavirus report, said 232 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 39 new probable cases were reported Thursday.

At the same time, the number of recoveries reported to the department increased by 150 on Thursday, leaving the state with 2,831 active cases, an increase of 114 from Wednesday.

Albany County had 443 active cases Thursday; Laramie County had 423; Natrona County had 387; Fremont had 260; Campbell had 258; Park had 201; Sheridan had 198; Converse had 73; Lincoln had 69; Big Horn had 66; Platte had 64; Weston had 59; Carbon had 51; Goshen and Sweetwater had 48; Teton had 43; Uinta had 35; Crook had 32; Washakie had 25; Johnson had 21; Sublette had 20; Hot Springs had five, and Niobrara had two.

Active cases are determined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diagnosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, subtracting the number of recoveries during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into account the number of deaths attributed to the illness.

The new confirmed cases were reported in 20 counties, with Fremont County seeing the highest number of new cases, 39.

The new confirmed cases brought the total seen since the first case was diagnosed in Wyoming in mid-March to 8,537.

The number of probable cases seen since mid-March increased to 1,582 on Thursday with the reporting of 39 new cases. A probable case is one where a patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness.

Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized for coronavirus treatment reached a record of 81 Thursday, an increase of three from Wednesday and of 10 since Monday.

Department of Health figures received from hospitals around the state showed that as of Thursday, 73 of the state’s 123 intensive care unit rooms remained open.

However, figures from individual hospitals show the available space in ICU rooms is beginning to run low. In the Campbell County Memorial Hospital, six of the seven ICU rooms are occupied. At Cody Regional Health, which as six ICU rooms, only one is vacant. 

At Memorial Hospital of Converse County and Powell Valley Healthcare, which each have two ICU rooms, only one of the rooms is available at each facility.

The state’s largest hospital, Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, has 14 ICU rooms and five are vacant. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has seven vacancies among its 15 ICU rooms.

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