By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit is close to hitting its capacity, officials told Cowboy State Daily.
As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, 12 of the hospital’s 15 ICU beds were occupied, CRMC spokeswoman Kathy Baker told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday afternoon. However, only three of those patients had active COVID-19 cases and two of those were on ventilators.
“We are asking that people please seriously consider being vaccinated,” Baker said. “In addition, please continue to appropriately mask, social distance and use proper hand hygiene.”
One of the patients in the ICU was a post-COVID case, meaning the patient is outside of the two-week quarantine window, and is also on a ventilator.
Overall, CRMC is caring for 25 active COVID patients as of this week, two of which are under the age of 12 and not eligible for one of the three available vaccines.
Of the other 23 COVID patients, only five have been vaccinated. The hospital also has three post-COVID patients, none of which has been vaccinated.
As of Tuesday, Wyoming had 122 patients hospitalized with COVID, a rate that hasn’t been seen since Christmas. The Wyoming Medical Center has 29 patients, just barely inching out CRMC for having the most COVID patients.
While COVID hospital patients across the state have been on the rise, the average seven-day positivity rate has dropped in recent days, going from 23.5% on Sunday to 21% of as Wednesday.