COVID-19 Hospitalizations at 16; Sweetwater County Transmission Levels Decrease

COVID-19 Hospitalizations at 16; Sweetwater County Transmission Levels Decrease

CHEYENNE — As of Thursday, March 25, Wyoming had 16 COVID-19 Coronavirus-related hospitalizations, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s (WDH) COVID-19 hospitalization report.

After falling to the lowest number of hospitalizations since July 5, 2020 with nine patients on March 14, Wyoming rose to 22 hospitalizations on March 23.

Wyoming Medical Center out of Casper has the most hospitalizations with six patients, followed by Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) with five patients. The rest of the hospitals across the state have two or fewer hospitalizations. Wyoming Medical Center reports they have 13 out of 20 Intensive Care Unit beds available, while CRMC has 17 out of 25 ICU beds open.

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The WDH reports that there have been 47,438 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 46,440 case recoveries, and 695 deaths since the pandemic started in Wyoming. That’s an increase of two deaths since last week. The state currently has 8,608 probable cases and 393 active cases, compared to 378 active cases last Friday.

According to the White House COVID-19 Task Force, Wyoming had a 1.7 percent 14-day positivity rate from March 12 through March 25. This places Wyoming in the “yellow zone,” which means the state has moderate transmission levels. Last week, the positivity rate was at 1.5 percent.

Teton County is the only county in the state with a “red zone” label, meaning they have high transmission levels.

As for vaccine distribution, the WDH reports Wyoming has administered 80 percent of the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines received and 73 percent of the second dose. As of today, Wyoming has received 167,630 first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and has administered 134,978 of them. The state has received 118,805 second doses of those vaccines, and has administered 87,989 of them, according to the WDH.

The state is reporting an administration rate of 47 percent for the Janssen vaccine, which is a one-dose vaccine. The state has administered 4,106 doses of 8,400 doses received.

The WDH announced today that two public health orders will remain in effect but will be modified slightly. One of these orders is for schools, in which masks will remain in use in school buildings, however, room capacity limitations in those settings are being removed.

However, if the county the school district is located in has a low transmission level, they can apply for a variance to remove the mask requirement. Sublette County School District No. 1, which is a “dark green zone” which means their transmission level is very low, removed masks this week.

The other order deals with indoor gatherings in which indoor events of more than 500 people may be held at 50 percent of venue capacity with certain face mask protocols for large indoor events.

Sweetwater County

According to the WDH, Sweetwater County has had 3,841 lab-confirmed cases, 3,750 case recoveries, and 36 deaths since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 148 probable cases and 60 active cases, compared to 51 active cases last Friday.

The WDH’s March 12 hospitalization report shows Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has two COVID-19 related hospitalizations, and there are six of nine ICU beds available.

The White House COVID-19 Task Force shows that Sweetwater County had a 4.7 percent 14-day positivity rate from March 12 to March 25. That’s an increase from 3.6 percent last week. This is the first time in weeks that the county has had an increase in positivity rate.

Despite the increase in positivity rate, Sweetwater County has moved from a “red zone” to a “yellow zone” meaning the county has moderate transmission levels. Both Teton and Fremont counties have higher transmission levels at this time.

Sweetwater County School District No. 2 reports that there are 22 students out of class due to COVID-19 exposure. This is up from 14 students two weeks ago, Superintendent Craig Barringer said.


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