CASPER, Wyo. — COVID-19 hospitalizations continued climbing in Wyoming on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The Wyoming Department of Health reported a record 210 COVID-19 patients in hosptials across the state.
The Wyoming Medical Center (WMC) and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) account for over 55% of the total number of COVID-19 patients in the state.
The WMC had 65 patients on Wednesday and the CRMC had 51. No other hospital in the state had more than ten COVID-19 patients.
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WMC spokesperson Kristy Bliezeffer said that the WMC is continuing to accept all patients who require care “and still has adequate capacity to care for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.”
As the number of hospitalizations has risen, so too has the number of COVID-19 related deaths among Wyoming residents. The Wyoming Department of Health reported 11 additional COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, including three Natrona residents.
About 44% of Wyoming’s 155 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported since Oct. 4.
Six of the eleven COVID-19 related deaths reported on Tuesday included people who had been hospitalized. At least 46.5% of the 155 people who have died of COVID-19 had been hospitalized at some point during their illness. That number could be higher since the WDH say it is unknown to them in 38.1% of COVID-19 related deaths among Wyoming residents whether the person had been hospitalized.
Along with hospitalizations and deaths, overall cases of COVID-19 have been surging in Wyoming. The WDH reported 1,162 new laboratory confirmed cases on Tuesday, the highest number reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
Wyoming crossed over 20,000 total confirmed cases on Tuesday and has seen a total of 21,047 confirmed cases. 11,012 of those cases have been reported since Oct. 27, accounting for over half of the overall confirmed cases.
There were never more than 20 COVID patients hospitalized between April 22 and Sept. 20 but COVID hospitalizations sharply increased throughout the month of October and into November.
There were 27 COVID patients in Wyoming hospitals as of Oct. 1, according to the WDH. Wyoming saw more than 100 patients hospitalized due to COVID for the first time on Oct. 25.
In addition to the record number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized, the WDH provide data about the number of intensive care unit beds occupied across the state.
68 of an available 128 ICU beds across the state were occupied by COVID-19 or other patients on Wednesday.
The number of ventilators in use has remained relatively flat. Ventilators are sometimes used to treat COVID-19 patients. 23 of an available 186 ventilators across the state were in use on Wednesday.
Since hospitals self-report data to the WDH, State Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist has said that the WDH data about hospital resources and COVID-19 hospitalizations is best used to track trends in overall COVID hospitalizations or resource availability.
Harrist has said that the data should be considered an approximation of the exact numbers since hospitals self-report the data and the actual statewide numbers could vary slightly.
The Wyoming Department of Health provide data about the number of COVID patients in specific hospitals in the state, but caution that the data is self-reported by hospitals and that “non-general acute hospitals (e.g., rehabilitation hospitals) may report COVID-19 hospitalizations but these data do not always reflect statewide capacity issues.”
Further data from the WDH is available below:
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.
The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:
What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.
If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.
Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.
For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: email@example.com
- Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.