This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily
By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations continued to drop across Wyoming this week, falling to 31 patients as of Thursday.
According to the Wyoming hospital tracker, coronavirus hospitalizations have steadily dropped this week, going from 41 on Feb. 11 to 31 on Thursday.
The Wyoming Medical Center in Casper had the most coronavirus patients in the state with 11, an increase of two from the week prior.
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center followed with the second largest number of COVID patients with four, down from six one week ago.
Interestingly, though, nearly half of the state’s 134 intensive care unit beds were occupied, with only 72 beds available as of Thursday. Eleven patients occupied ICU beds at CRMC and 12 occupied beds at the Wyoming Medical Center.
Just because a patient is in the ICU doesn’t mean they have the coronavirus, though.
Of the state’s available 264 ventilators, only 14 were in use, nine of which were at the Cheyenne hospital. However, just because someone is on a ventilator doesn’t mean they are a coronavirus patient.
As of Thursday, 84,253 coronavirus tests have been conducted at hospitals across Wyoming. The average seven-day positivity rate was 5.26%, an increase of 4.32% from the week prior.
Wyoming has seen 662 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.