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Wyoming down to 82 COVID hospitalizations; lowest level seen in months

Casper healthcare workers stand during a brief parade by first responders on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped to 82 on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the lowest number in months.

Wyoming hospitals last saw fewer than 90 COVID patients in a single day on Oct. 23, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. At that time, the COVID hospitalizations were trending up as the state faced a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Wyoming reached a peak of 247 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state on Nov. 30. Since that time, hospitalizations have generally trended downward, dipping below 100 on several occasions in January.

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While hospitalizations have trended downward, the state reported an additional 33 COVID related deaths among Wyoming residents on Tuesday. 522 Wyomingites have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began.The WDH has also reported over 500 new COVID cases on both Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday’s 82 COVID patients was down from 106 in Wyoming hospitals on Tuesday.

The Wyoming Medical Center had 15 COVID patients on Wednesday. The WMC experienced peak COVID hospitalizations on Nov. 25 when 75 such patients were at the hospital according to WDH data.

The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had 25 COVID patients on Wednesday, the most of any hospital in Wyoming.

85 of 134 available intensive care unit beds in the state were open on Wednesday, according to the WDH. 11 of the WMC’s 20 ICU beds were open.

11 of 234 ventilators across the state were in use Wednesday. Ventilators are sometimes used to treat COVID patients.

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: covid@cnchd.org

  • 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.