Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops by 3 Percent; State Hospitalizations Remain Low

Sweetwater County’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops by 3 Percent; State Hospitalizations Remain Low

CHEYENNE — Wyoming ended the week with 14 COVID-19 Coronavirus-related hospitalizations, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s (WDH) COVID-19 hospitalization report.

Hospitalizations fell to nine total across the state on Sunday, March 14, which was the lowest number since July 5, 2020.

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has the most hospitalizations in the state with five patients. The rest of the hospitals across the state have two or fewer hospitalizations.

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The WDH reports that there have been 47,069 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 46,087 case recoveries, and 693 deaths since the pandemic started in Wyoming. That’s an increase of two deaths since last week. The state currently has 8,512 probable cases and 378 active cases, compared to 410 active cases last Friday.

According to the White House COVID-19 Task Force, Wyoming had a 1.5 percent 14-day positivity rate from March 4 through March 17. This places Wyoming in the “yellow zone,” which means the state has moderate transmission levels. Last week, the positivity rate was at 1.9 percent.

As for vaccine distribution, the WDH reports Wyoming has administered 77 percent of the first dose received and 74 percent of the second dose. As of today, Wyoming has received 152,240 first doses and has administered 122,038 of them. The state has received 103,915 second doses, and has administered 77,280 of them, according to the WDH.

While first dose administration has decreased by 2 percent last week, second dose administration has remained at 74 percent.

Sweetwater County

According to the WDH, Sweetwater County has had 3,787 lab-confirmed cases, 3,705 case recoveries, and 36 deaths since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 148 probable cases and 51 active cases, compared to 47 active cases last Friday.

The WDH’s March 12 hospitalization report shows Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has zero COVID-19 related hospitalizations.

The White House COVID-19 Task Force shows that Sweetwater County had a 3.6 percent 14-day positivity rate from March 4 to March 17. That’s compared to 6.6 percent last week. For weeks, Sweetwater County has had the highest positivity rate in the state. However, this week the county was bumped to the second highest positive rate as Teton County has a 4.5 percent positivity rate.

Sweetwater County remains in the “red zone”, indicating that the county has high transmission levels. Teton County is the only other county in the state that is in the “red zone”.

This week, Sweetwater County opened up vaccination appointments for all residents ages 16 and older.

“With businesses opening and travel season coming, we want to make sure you are prepared and protected from COVID-19,” Sweetwater County Public Health stated in a press release Thursday morning.


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