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Wyoming’s COVID Hospitalizations Now More Than 200

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming’s COVID-related hospitalizations have reached more than 200, the first time the state has seen these numbers since early December.

The state had 203 COVID patients hospitalized across the state as of Thursday, according to the state’s hospitalization tracker.

“It’s really bad right now,” Wyoming Hospital Association President Eric Boley told Cowboy State Daily last week. “Our numbers are looking worse day by day and there’s more concern now that schools are going back, that we’ll see a surge of pediatric patients.”

The most patients were at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, with 46. This was followed by the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, with 44 patients.

Four hospitals’ intensive care units are completely full: Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Cody Regional Hospital, Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie and SageWest Health Care in Lander. However, just because a person is in the ICU does not mean they are a COVID patient.

Of the state’s available 137 ICU beds, only 57 in Wyoming are open.

Despite the high COVID hospitalizations, only 30 ventilators are in use across the state. But like with the ICU, just because a patient is on a ventilator doesn’t mean they are a COVID patient.

Hospitalized COVID patients have steadily increased through the month of August, going from 75 on Aug. 5 to 194 by Tuesday, the end of the month.

The seven-day COVID positivity rate has decline somewhat in recent days, decreasing from 23% earlier this week to 20.7% as of Thursday.

Wyoming hit peak hospitalizations in late November, with 247 patients.

Wyoming has seen 858 deaths related to the virus.

Earlier this week, the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has canceled all of its elective surgeries until further notice due to an “overwhelming” influx of coronavirus patients.

“The best solution is for folks to get vaccinated,” Boley said. “We’re facing some real challenges, so wearing masks, washing your hands and social distancing will help. There’s a lot skepticism in our state about the solutions, but the truth is, COVID is right on our doorstep. Our hospitals and nursing homes are doing all they can, but we really need the public to help us out.”

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Wyoming COVID Hospitalizations Still Below 50, But See Slight Spike

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Doctor Shortage in Wyoming; “Almost Impossible to Recruit”
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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.

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