COVID-19 Positivity Rate, Hospitalizations See Slight Increase in Wyoming

COVID-19 Positivity Rate, Hospitalizations See Slight Increase in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — Wyoming has administered more than 168,000 first dose, 123,000 second dose, and 10,000 single dose COVID-19 vaccines throughout the state so far, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

The WDH’s April 16 report shows that as of today, Wyoming has received 213,560 first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and has administered 168,595 of them. The WDH also reports the state has received 163,851 second doses of those vaccines, and has administered 123,601 of them.

The state is reporting it has administered 10,017 doses of 25,100 doses received for the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

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However, distribution of the Janssen vaccine was temporarily ceased in Wyoming this week pending additional recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

This decision to halt distribution was made the Wyoming Department of Health on Tuesday, April 13, following six reported cases across the United States of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Janssen vaccine.

According to the Joint press release from the CDC and FDA, as of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the country.

The WDH’s April 16 hospitalization report shows Wyoming has 24 COVID-19 related hospitalizations statewide, which is up from 19 last Friday. Wyoming Medical Center out of Casper has the most hospitalizations with seven patients, followed by Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with six patients. Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie has the next most with three hospitalizations.

This WDH graph shows COVID-19 hospitalizations in Wyoming throughout the pandemic, in which a slight increase can be seen over the past few days.

The WDH reports there have been 48,447 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 47,469 case recoveries, and 703 deaths since the pandemic started in Wyoming. That means two deaths were recorded this week. The state currently has 8,820 probable cases. As of Thursday, April 15, the state had 373 active cases, compared to 398 active cases last Friday.

According to the White House COVID-19 Task Force, Wyoming had a 2.4 percent 14-day positivity rate from April 1 to April14. This places Wyoming in the “yellow zone,” which means the state has moderate transmission levels. Last week, the positivity rate was at 2 percent, marking a slight increase.

There are two remaining statewide public health orders in place, and the WDH extended those both by two weeks as of today.

The orders include:

  • Mask use and physical distancing requirements related to educational institutions are remaining in the statewide orders.
  • 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 3,959 lab-confirmed cases, 3,889 case recoveries, and 37 deaths since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 160 probable cases and 39 active cases compared to 41 active cases last Friday.

The WDH’s April 16 hospitalization report shows Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) currently has no coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

The White House COVID-19 Task Force shows that Sweetwater County had a 4.9 percent 14-day positivity rate from April 1 to April 14. That’s an increase from 4.3 percent last week. This keeps Sweetwater County in the “orange zone” meaning the county’s transmission rates are moderately high.

Teton County is the only other “orange zone” in the state with a positivity rate of 3.5 percent. Sublette County is the only “red zone” county in the state with a two-week positivity rate of 10.3 percent.


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