This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily
By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have dropped again steadily in the past week, falling from 31 to 20.
According to the Wyoming hospitalization tracker, there has been a slight uptick in cases this week, with a low of 19 coronavirus patients as of Monday increasing to 25 as of Wednesday.
However, the number dipped by five in one day on Thursday, declining to 20.
The Wyoming Medical Center in Casper had the most patients, with seven. The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cody Regional Health and Platte County Memorial Hospital followed, with each having two coronavirus patients.
Nearly 50 intensive care unit beds across the state were in use, 11 each at the Wyoming Medical Center and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. But just because someone is in the ICU doesn’t mean they are a coronavirus patient.
Of Wyoming’s available 264 ventilators, only 15 were in use, six at the Wyoming Medical Center, five at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, three at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie and one at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.
However, just because someone is on a ventilator doesn’t mean they are a coronavirus patient.
Wyoming hospitals have conducted 86,077 coronavirus tests since the beginning of the pandemic one year ago. The average seven-day positivity rate is now 3.36%.
Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 671 coronavirus-related deaths, 45,780 lab-confirmed cases and 8,164 probable cases reported since the pandemic began.