By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations across Wyoming have dipped to fewer than 90 people.
According to the state’s hospitalization tracker, 89 people were hospitalized for treatment of the coronavirus throughout the state as of Thursday. This was a slight increased from Wednesday, when 82 people were hospitalized with the virus.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had the highest number of COVID-19 patients at 22. There were 12 patients at Casper’s Wyoming Medical Center, 10 in Jackson’s St. Johns Medical Center and eight in Campbell County Memorial Hospital.
CRMC had 10 people in its intensive care unit as of Thursday, leaving 15 beds open. Not all of the hospital’s ICU patients are necessarily suffering from coronavirus, however, the illness has put a strain on the availability of ICU services at hospitals across the state.
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County only had two of its nine ICU beds left available.
Of the state’s 243 available ventilators, only nine are being used. Like with the ICU, just because someone is using a ventilator doesn’t mean they’re a coronavirus patient.
There have been 75,618 coronavirus tests conducted in hospitals across Wyoming as of Wednesday, with a cumulative positive rate of 11.06%.