By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
There was a slight spike in the number of Wyoming coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals this week, but the number remained below 50 as of Friday.
According to the Wyoming hospital tracker, 41 people were hospitalized with the virus as of Thursday. The week’s lowest number of hospitalized patients was seen Tuedsday, with 32 patients.
There was a spike of 13 patients between Tuesday and Wednesday, going from 32 patients to 45 in one day.
Most of the patients were at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, with nine, the same amount the hospital had one week ago.
This was followed by the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, with six patients, down from 16 last week.
The Cheyenne Veterans’ Affairs medical center also had three coronavirus patients, bringing the city’s total of hospitalized patients to nine.
Fifteen of the state’s hospitals have no coronavirus patients.
Of the state’s available 131 intensive care unit beds, only 71 were available. Thirteen patients occupied the Wyoming Medical Center’s ICU, leaving only seven beds in the unit available.
Just because someone is in ICU does not mean they are a coronavirus patient.
Of the state’s available 264 ventilators, 19 were being used, an increase of 10 from the same time last week. Again, just because someone is on a ventilator doesn’t mean they are a coronavirus patient.
As of Wednesday, there have been 82,614 coronavirus tests conducted at Wyoming’s hospitals. The average seven-day positivity rate is 4.32%.
Wyoming has seen 647 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.