Sweetwater Memorial Sees Increase in Younger COVID-19 Patients Seeking Treatment

Sweetwater Memorial Sees Increase in Younger COVID-19 Patients Seeking Treatment

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ROCK SPRINGS — The Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County has recently seen an uptick in the amount of residents in their mid 30s to mid 40s needing treatment for COVID-19 related complications.

During a Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Board of Trustees meeting today, the board heard an update from Kim White, MHSC COVID-19 incident commander and director of emergency services.

According to White, the hospital has been seeing an increase in younger patients who are having complications due to COVID-19 that they have either had to admit into the hospital or send to another facility for treatment. White defined these younger patients being in their mid 30s to mid 40s.

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“Some have been pretty sick that we have had to transfer them out to get treatment that we can provide here for them,” White said.

Currently, the hospital has one COVID-19 related hospitalization. White said the county’s positivity rate has dropped to about 5 percent, which is down from about 10 percent a few weeks ago.

As for variants, Sweetwater County has seen its first reported COVID-19 Delta variant case, White said. The Delta variant is also known as B.1.617.2. This variant has been labeled a vaccine of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because there is evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease, significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or diagnostic detection failures, according to the CDC’s website.

Vaccinations

As for the county’s vaccination rate, White said it hasn’t changed much. According to the Wyoming Department of Health’s most recent vaccination data, about 28.4 percent of Sweetwater County’s total population has received the vaccine.

White was asked if hosting a vaccine clinic during an event, such as International Day, would help increase the amount of those receiving vaccines.

White said the vaccine is so fragile that it would not do well in the heat and she’s not sure how effective this kind of clinic would be, however if some groups requested a vaccine clinic they could do it.

“I think a lot of people already have their minds made up,” White said.