Wyoming COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall to 115; Sweetwater County Positivity Rate Highest in State

Wyoming COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall to 115; Sweetwater County Positivity Rate Highest in State

CHEYENNE — According to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), the number of COVID-19 Coronavirus hospitalizations has fallen to 115 patients, which is the lowest number since October 29.

On October 29, Wyoming reported 109 COVID-19 hospitalizations, according the WDH’s hospitalization report. The highest number of hospitalizations the state has recorded was on November 30 with 247 patients.

Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has the most hospitalizations with 25 patients. The next highest are Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) in Casper with 18 patients and Campbell County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) with 16 hospitalizations. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) has the fourth highest number of hospitalizations with eight patients.

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Both CCMH and MHSC only have one Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed available, out of seven and nine beds, respectively. WMC has 10 out of 20 ICU beds available, and CRMC has 17 out of 25 beds available.

Wyoming currently has 1,546 active lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Among Wyoming residents, there have been 37,623 lab-confirmed cases and 36,077 case recoveries since the start of the pandemic. There are currently 6,081 probable cases.

The WDH confirmed 32 more Coronavirus-related deaths today, bringing the state total to 405 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sweetwater County

The WHD reports that among Sweetwater County residents, there have been 2,810 lab-confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 2,676 recoveries. There are currently 134 active cases.

Sweetwater County Public Health Officer Dr. Jean Stachon said four more Coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in Sweetwater County. Two residents died on December 21 and two more died around Christmas, according to Stachon. Those four deaths are yet to be recorded through the state.

MHSC saw a record high 10 COVID-19 hospitalizations during the Christmas holiday. They currently have eight hospitalizations and one of nine ICU beds available.

Sweetwater County has the highest positivity rate in the state at 17.4 percent, according to Dr. Stachon. Washakie County is the next highest at 14 percent. The rest of the “red zone” counties are around 12 percent. Sweetwater County is considered a “dark red zone” county in terms of infection rate. To be considered a “green zone” county, the positivity rate has to be around 4 percent.

Sweetwater County received 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine last week, and is expected to receive 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week.

Sublette County

WDH reports that Sublette County has 21 active cases, with 560 recoveries, and five deaths, for a total of 586 cases since the pandemic began.

Sublette County Public Health reports there are 35 people in isolation or recommended quarantine in the Big Piney, Daniel, and Pinedale areas. Fifty people participated in Sublette County Public Health’s COVID-19 surveillance testing last week (45 in Pinedale, and 4 in Marbleton) and all tested negative.

Sublette County Public Health is now offering free COVID-19 saliva testing to all Sublette County residents. They started this testing last fall for essential workers, local businesses, and seniors. Public Health is expanding these testing opportunities to include all Sublette County residents.

COVID-19 saliva testing is free and is completely voluntary. This is a saliva test that is completed by swabbing your own mouth under supervision from a medical professional. Drive-thru testing should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Results will be emailed or texted to participant, usually within 72 or more hours after testing has been completed.

Public Health is conducting drive-thru testing in front of the Pinedale Office on Mondays 1-4:30 pm, and at the Marbleton Senior Center on Tuesdays 2-4 pm by appointment only. Registration opens every Wednesday afternoon for the following week’s testing.

Go to the Curative website to register at https://curativetest.com/. Please contact Joanie Christie at 307-360-3125 for any questions or assistance with registration.


THE LATEST COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS NEWS & INFO FROM THE WYOMING DEPT. OF HEALTH

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Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Follow Public Health Orders
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially when physical distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t practical.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

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