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Wyoming COVID hospitalizations spike to 230, approaching new pandemic peak

Healthcare workers at the Wyoming Medical Center Respiratory Screening Clinic wave to first responders from several Natrona County agencies during a brief parade around the WMC campus on Dec. 0, 2020, in Casper. The parade was organized to show appreciation for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 surge. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming hospitals had a total of 230 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, September 7, spiking up from 205 on Monday, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Wyoming COVID hospitalizations are trending upward toward a new all-time high during the pandemic. Peak hospitalizations so far during the pandemic occurred on Nov. 30, 2020, when there were 247 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals.

In September 2020, there were never more than 25 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals. In September 2021, there have so far been at least 189 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals each day.

The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had the most COVID-19 patients on Tuesday at 52. The Wyoming Medical Center had 45.

Six hospitals had either no open intensive care unit beds or only one as of Tuesday. While ICU beds are not exclusively used to treat COVID-19 patients, when hospitals deal with surges in these patients, that can put a strain on their ability to care for other types of critical-needs patients.

Hospitals have been reporting that a majority of COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated. Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County said last week that 98% of its COVID-19 patients have not been fully vaccinated. The WMC said that 90% of its patients have not been fully vaccinated, citing data from August 1-14.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.