By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Hospitalizations are soaring in Wyoming with patients who are sick with the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday morning, 105 people across the state were hospitalized, causing some intensive care units to be close to capacity, a major concern from the beginning of the pandemic. This is according to a COVID-19 tracker provided by the Wyoming Department of Health.
It should be noted that all of this data is self-reported by each hospital across the state.
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Wyoming Medical Center in Casper had the highest number of hospitalized patients, at 21 and 27, respectively.
CRMC and WMC are also nearly at capacity in their intensive care units, with Cheyenne having only four available spots and Casper only having one. Torrington’s Community Hospital was over its capacity, having one more person in the ICU than it is designed for as of Tuesday.
Of the statewide ICU facilities, about 65 beds (or half of the available ones in the states) are open. However, most ventilators are open and available to patients, if needed.
Hospitals all over the state have conducted 43,192 coronavirus tests, according to WDH data from Oct. 22. The cumulative positive rates are 4.6%.
This news coincides with WDH reports that coronavirus cases in the state are continually increasing. As of Monday, Wyoming had 3,725 active coronavirus cases and has almost 1,700 probable cases.
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.
A probable case is one where the patient has coronavirus symptoms and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, but has not been tested for the illness.