CHEYENNE — This week, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) confirmed three more Wyomingites have died due to complications from COVID-19.
According to the WDH, an adult Sweetwater County man died in March. He had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness.
An older adult Albany County man died in April. He was a resident of an out-of-state, long-term care facility and had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness, the WDH reported.
An older adult Uinta County woman died in April. She was hospitalized at the time and was a resident of a local long-term care facility. She had health conditions recognized as putting patients at higher risk of serious illness. This brings Wyoming’s COVID-19 related deaths to 710 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The WDH’s May 7 vaccination report shows that as of today, Wyoming has received 434,095 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and has administered 175,493 first doses of them, and 151,305 second doses.
The state is reporting it has administered 10,905 doses of 25,900 doses received for the single-dose Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
Sweetwater County Public Health reported the WDH shows Sweetwater County has vaccinated about 24 percent of all of its residents. For the age group 65 and older, 59.97 percent of the population has been vaccinated, while in the 18 plus age group 31.48 percent have been fully vaccinated.
The WDH reports there have been 49,477 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 48,475 case recoveries, and 710 deaths since the pandemic started in Wyoming. That means three deaths were recorded this week. The state currently has 9,146 probable cases and 387 active cases compared to 357 active cases last Friday. Wyoming currently has 24 COVID-19 related hospitalizations statewide, according to the May 6 WDH hospitalization report.
According to the White House COVID-19 Task Force, Wyoming had a 2.1 percent 14-day positivity rate from April 21 through May 4. This keeps Wyoming in the “yellow zone,” which means the state has moderate transmission levels.
Last week, the positivity rate was at 1.4 percent, marking an increase.
The White House COVID-19 Task Force shows that Sweetwater County had an 8 percent 14-day positivity rate from April 21 through May 4. That’s an increase from 4.6 percent last week. This puts Sweetwater County in the “orange zone” meaning the county’s transmission levels are moderate to high.
The WDH’s May 6 hospitalization report shows Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) has one COVID-19 related hospitalization. MHSC reports they have five of nine Intensive Care Unit beds available.
According to the WDH, Sweetwater County has had 4,111 lab-confirmed cases, 4,034 case recoveries, and 38 deaths since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 162 probable cases and 45 active cases. Last Friday, Sweetwater County had 55 active cases.
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