By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Wyoming have continued to decline over the last month, dropping to 64 patients across the state as of Thursday.
This is 20 fewer patients than Wyoming had one week ago, according to the Wyoming coronavirus hospitalization tracker. There was a slight spike in hospitalizations earlier this week, hitting a peak of 71 patients on Tuesday.
The most coronavirus patients were at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper with 19. The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had 12.
St. Johns Medical Center in Jackson had eight patients.
Thursday’s number is a stark contrast to the 247 hospitalizations seen during the height of the coronavirus spike on Nov. 30.
About half of the state’s intensive care units beds, 75 out of 132, are currently occupied. However, being an ICU patient does not necessarily mean someone has the virus.
CRMC has 25 ICU beds, but only had 11 available as of Thursday. The WMC has 20 total beds, but had only seven available.
Only 10 of the state’s 257 ventilators were being used as of Thursday, but again, just because someone is on a ventilator doesn’t mean they have the coronavirus.
Six patients at CRMC were on ventilators, while four were on a vent at the WMC.
There have been 79,250 coronavirus tests performed at hospitals across the state since the beginning of the pandemic in March. The cumulative positive rate has dipped slightly, from just over 11% earlier this month to 10.99% as of Wednesday.
The decline in coronavirus hospitalizations prompted Gov. Mark Gordon last week to relax the state’s restrictions on the size of public gatherings.
However, he extended the requirement for people to wear face masks in public settings until at least Feb. 14.