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Wednesday: 13 COVID patients hospitalized in Wyoming, 3 at WMC


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reports that 13 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across the state as of Wednesday, July 8.

That is up from 10 such patients reported in Wyoming hospitals Tuesday. The 13 COVID-19 hospitalized patients include three at the Wyoming Medical Center, up from two on Tuesday.

Two patients are also reportedly hospitalized at Washakie Medical Center on Wednesday, which had no COVID patients reported Tuesday.

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Prior to Tuesday, the last time at least ten COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Wyoming was May 28 when 11 people were in hospitals across the state. Peak COVID-19 patient hospitalization in Wyoming occurred on April 20-21 when 23 patients were hospitalized across the state.

The 13 COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday are at the following hospitals:

  • Wyoming Medical Center: 3
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: 2
  • Ivinson Memorial Hospital: 2
  • Washakie Medical Center: 2
  • Powell Valley Health Care: 1
  • St. John’s Medical Center: 1
  • SageWest Healthcare in Riverton: 1
  • Campbell County Memorial Hospital: 1

The Wyoming Department of Health also shares other data about overall hospital capacity such as the number of intensive care unit beds or ventilators in use. While these resources are not exclusively used to attend to COVID-19 patients, this data gives a sense of the resources Wyoming hospitals have available to deal with a potential surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

As of Wednesday, 45 of an available 120 intensive care unit beds were in use across the state. For the month of July so far, July 2 marked the greatest number of ICU beds in use at 62.

At the Wyoming Medical Center, 13 out of 14 available adult ICU rooms were occupied as of Wednesday.

One of the total 177 available ventilators, which are sometimes used to treat COVID-19 patients, were in use across Wyoming, according to Wednesday’s data. That ventilator was in use at the Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital which has a total of four ventilators available, according to the data. That hospital does not have a COVID-19 patient reported. No more than 10 ventilators have been in use since May 9.

Hospitals across the state have conducted a total of 9,100 COVID-19 tests as of Tuesday. 2.27% of those tests have come back positive. The Wyoming Department of Health reports a total of 51,691 COVID-19 tests complete across the state.

There have been 1,378 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming and 333 probable cases through 3 pm Tuesday. 21 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports hospital capacity data as follows (note that not all the data is COVID-19 specific. Both total capacity and used hospital resource data can vary from day to day):

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:

  • 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.