CASPER, Wyo. — Nearly 250 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized on Monday, Nov. 30 in Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
There were a record 247 patients with COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, led by the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with 64 patients and the Wyoming Medical Center with 63.
Between April 22 and Sept. 21, there were never more than 20 COVID patients hospitalized in Wyoming. But hospitalizations started to climb toward the end of September and have continued to trend upward ever since.
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Five hospitals in Wyoming had only one intensive care unit bed unoccupied by COVID or other patients on Monday, according to the WDH. Two hospitals had their ICU beds all occupied.
Only two of the 19 available ICU beds at the Wyoming Medical Center were open on Monday. Three of 14 ICU beds at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center were unoccupied.
The majority of the 17 ventilators in use across the state on Monday were at the Wyoming Medical Center. 12 of the WMC’s 24 available ventilators, which are sometimes used to treat COVID patients were in use. There are a total of 232 ventilators at hospitals across the state.
Hospitals had completed a total of 60,096 COVID-19 tests through Nov. 26, with 9.54% of tests coming back positive.
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.
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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.