CHEYENNE — Today the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) reported 801 new laboratory confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus positive cases.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to steadily increase, with an all-time high of 192 reported on November 12, according to the WDH’s hospitalization report.
The Wyoming Medical Center in Casper currently has 57 COVID-19 patients, which is the most in the state. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has the next highest amount of COVID-19 patients with 47. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) currently has four COVID-19 patients.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed availability continues to be of concern, and the concern is worsening, as the Wyoming Medical Center is reporting two beds available out of 19. Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is reporting two out of 15 ICU beds available. MHSC currently has five out of nine ICU beds open.
During a press conference this morning, Governor Mark Gordon said that the hospitals are overwhelmed and that public health officials across the state have said Wyoming is on track to record 3,000 new cases per day with two percent of those cases having to be hospitalized.
Gordon has extended the current public health orders by one week as the state continues exploring options for responding to the pandemic in Wyoming. He said a mask mandate is among the options that are currently on the table, and that residents can expect more restrictions.
Wyoming has seen a total of 18,243 lab confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, which is up by 2,932 cases since the start of the week. The state currently has 7,809 active cases. So far, the state has completed 303,386 tests. Wyoming has 127 reported coronavirus-related deaths to date, which is up 13 deaths since Monday.
According to the WDH, Wyoming’s overall positivity rate for the past 14 days is 11.42 percent.
With the lack of action on a mask mandate on the state level, Sweetwater County Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon said she will be pursuing a variance for a county-wide mask mandate. She said a majority of the counties will be doing so.
According to Kim White, the MHSC’s Clinical Documentation Specialist and COVID-19 Preparedness Incident Commander, in the last seven days, the hospital has seen a 31.4 percent positivity rate, which is significantly higher than the state’s 11.42 percent positivity rate.
The WDH reports that Sweetwater County has had over 42 new laboratory confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours, and currently has more than 275 active cases.