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CDC: Wyoming Has Highest COVID Death Rate In Nation

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming now has the highest rate of COVID deaths in the United States, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wyoming had 11.9 deaths per 100,000 people in the last seven days, overtaking Montana (whose rate is 11.1 per 100,000 people) to have the highest death rate in the nation.

The state saw 69 COVID-related deaths in the last week, totaling 1,149 total COVID deaths seen in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

Montana actually saw 119 deaths in the last seven days, but population density factors into Wyoming having the highest rate.

Alaska, Montana and Wyoming are respectively the three states with the highest COVID-19 transmission rates per capita. Wyoming reported 3,037 COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, amounting to 524.7 cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

Florida, California and Connecticut all had some of the lowest death rates in the nation, while Florida and California were also charting low on the list for active COVID case rates.

California currently requires anyone who is not fully vaccinated to wear masks while inside public settings, whereas Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has repeatedly stated he will not issue any type of mask or vaccine mandate.

Wyoming saw a new peak of COVID-related hospitalizations last week, with 248 people hospitalized across the state due to the virus, according to the Wyoming hospitalization tracker.

Sixty-seven of those patients were at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, while Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had the second-highest number of patients with 34 as of Friday. The Wyoming Medical Center also did not have any available intensive care unit beds as of Friday.

SageWest Health Care in Lander, Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins, Cody Regional Health and Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette also had no available ICU beds.

Wyoming’s Legislature will convene this week for a special session to discuss President Joe Biden’s proposed vaccine mandates for companies with more than 100 employees.

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CDC: Wyoming’s Birth Rate Dropped 7% In 2020

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s birth rate continued to decline in 2020, falling by almost 7%, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of births in Wyoming declined from 6,565 in 2019 to 6,118 in 2020, according to the CDC report.

“The number of births among Wyoming residents in 2020 continued the significant downward trend that has existed among state residents for several years,” Wyoming Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti told Cowboy State Daily on Wednesday.

The CDC announced in a report on Wednesday that the national birth rate declined by 4% in 2020. The report said the decline was the largest seen since 1973.

In Wyoming, in the last 15 years, Wyoming’s peak number of births occurred in 2008, with 8,022 babies born that year, according to a table provided by Deti. Births have somewhat fluctuated in the last decade, going up and down by a few hundred.

However, births in Wyoming have regularly trended downward since 2015.

While most states saw an overall decline in birth rates in the second half of 2020, Wyoming’s rate stayed relatively steady throughout the year, with a slight increase of births in from July to December, when 3,094 births were recorded. From January to June 2020, the state saw 3,024 births.

Vermont did have fewer births in 2020 than Wyoming, though, with 5,117 babies born in that state last year.

The percentage of women in America having children also declined by 4% in 2020, the report said., the biggest percentage decline the nation has seen in nearly 50 years.

The CDC analyzed all birth certificates registered to U.S. residents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report authors couldn’t say if the declining birth rate trend was unique to 2020 or if fewer babies would continue to be born in 2021.

Births have generally been on a decline since 2007 at a rate of about 2% per year.

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