(Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The number of people hospitalized in Wyoming due to COVID-19 fell to its lowest level in over three months on Monday, November 22, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

There were a total of 132 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals on Monday. The last time there were fewer COVID patients in Wyoming hospitals was on August 19, when Wyoming was amid a surge in new cases associated with the Delta variant.

As Thanksgiving approaches, COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state have been trending downward from a pandemic high of 248 patients seen on October 22. The Wyoming Medical Center had 27 COVID-19 patients on Monday, the lowest patient count at the state’s largest hospital since August 22.

While Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations overall are at a three-month low mark, hospitalizations remain relatively high at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The CRMC had 45 COVID-19 patients on Monday. Hospitalizations at the CRMC have generally trended upward since the recent low mark of 19 COVID-19 patients on October 17.

1,347 Wyoming residents have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The Wyoming Department of Health generally reports new COVID-19 deaths every Tuesday, but will not do so this week due to staff availability with the holiday approaching.

Over 50% of Wyoming adults were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday, including nearly three in four people age 65 and up, according to the WDH. 28.9% of adolescents age 12-17 had been fully vaccinated as of Monday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in children 5-11 on October 29. The WDH reported that as of Monday, 3,375 pediatric doses for children age 5-11 had been administered in Wyoming. These are first doses of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine regimen. The WDH has not yet reported any data on the number of kids ages 5-11 who have received a second dose.

With the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now approved for anyone 5 years old and up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that anyone 5 years old and up get vaccinated against COVID-19.