By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming set a record of coronavirus hospitalizations Monday, with 172 people in hospitals across the state due to complications from the illness.
According to the Wyoming hospital capacity tracker (which is compiled by the Wyoming Department of Health), hospitalizations from the virus have steadily increased over the last few weeks.
Around 25 people were admitted to hospitals across the state over the weekend, with numbers going from 147 on Friday to 172 on Monday.
Casper’s Wyoming Medical Center currently has 56 patients hospitalized with the virus, 17 of them are currently in an intensive care unit. Five of those patients are currently on a ventilator.
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center wasn’t far behind WMC, with 40 patients hospitalized as of Monday (and two at the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center), with 16 of them in the ICU.
Only one person was using a ventilator in Laramie County, and that patient was at the VA.
Wyoming’s cumulative positive rate of for coronavirus testing last week was 6.3%. Nationally, the seven-day average for positive test results is 8%.