By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations continued to drop over the last week, dipping to 48 as of Thursday, down from 64 one week prior.
Most of the hospitalizations were at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with 16 patients, according to the Wyoming hospitalization tracker. Ten patients were in the hospital’s intensive care unit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have the coronavirus.
Three coronavirus patients were hospitalized at the Cheyenne Veterans’ Affairs medical center, bringing the total number of coronavirus patients in Cheyenne hospitals to 19.
The second highest number of coronavirus patients was hospitalized at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, nine. This was followed by St. Johns Medical Center in Jackson with four patients.
Of the state’s 264 available ventilators, only nine across Wyoming were being used Thursday. Like the ICU, just because someone is on a ventilator doesn’t mean they have the coronavirus.
The coronavirus hospitalizations in the state have been on a mostly steady decline for the last month. On Jan. 7, 112 people had been hospitalized with the virus.
As of Wednesday, there have been 81,208 coronavirus tests conducted at hospitals across the state. The average seven-day positivity rate was at 3.95% as of Thursday.
Wyoming has seen 624 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic last March.