Sweetwater Memorial Reports COVID-Related Cases, Patients Decreasing

Sweetwater Memorial Reports COVID-Related Cases, Patients Decreasing

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ROCK SPRINGS — Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) officials were excited to report the COVID-19 numbers across the board are decreasing.

During the MHSC Board of Trustees meeting this afternoon, the board heard an update from Kim White, who is the hospital’s Incident Command Team Leader and Director of Emergency Services.

“This is exciting. All around we’ve seen a decrease in all things related to COVID here,” White said.

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In February, the hospital saw a total of 17 patients admitted and two COVID-19 patients are currently in the hospital. Last month, they saw around 28.

“We are definitely on the down trend, which is exciting,” White said.

The downward trend doesn’t stop there.

“We are seeing a significant decrease in the amount of patients coming into the ER for COVID,” White said.

The hospital has also seen a decrease in the amount of people seeking COVID-19 testing through the swabbing station and a decrease in its positivity rate, White reported. Last month, the positivity rate was 48 percent and this month it’s 10 percent, she said.

According to White, the state is opening up COVID testing so the hospital is looking at closing up their testing station within the next month. Tests will still be allowed in labs, but the hospital will not have a designated swabbing station.

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The hospital submitted a $5-7 million request for a lab remodel to be placed on the list of projects on the special purpose sixth-penny tax.

CEO Irene Richardson said even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently changed its mask requirement, masks are still required in hospitals.