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Wednesday: COVID hospitalizations back up to 17 in Wyoming, three at WMC


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reports that 17 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across the state as of Wednesday, July 15.

COVID hospitalizations in Wyoming were at 14 on Tuesday and 17 on Monday. There are three COVID patients at the Wyoming Medical Center on Wednesday.

There were also three COVID patients at the WMC on Monday and Tuesday. Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie has five COVID patients on Wednesday, up three from Tuesday.

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Hot Springs County Memoral Hospital reportedly had one COVID patient on Wednesday. They had no patients reported Tuesday. Memorial Hospital Sweetwater County hospitalizations decreased one on Wednesday to two COVID patients.

The 17 COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday are at the following hospitals:

  • Ivinson Memorial Hospital: 5
  • Wyoming Medical Center: 3
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: 3
  • Memorial Hospital Sweetwater County: 2
  • Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital: 1
  • Powell Valley Health Care: 1
  • St. John’s Medical Center: 1
  • Campbell County Memorial Hospital: 1

Peak COVID-19 patient hospitalization in Wyoming occurred on April 20-21 when 23 patients were hospitalized across the state.

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.

Natrona County health officers have explained that hospital capacity to care for not only COVID patients but also other patients such as people suffering heart attacks or strokes is one of the primary concerns.

As of Wednesday, 49 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, 12 out of 14 available adult ICU rooms were occupied as of Wednesday.

Seven of the total 183 available ventilators, which are sometimes used to treat COVID-19 patients, were in use across Wyoming, according to Wednesday’s data. Five out of 16 available ventilators at the Wyoming Medical Center were reportedly in use Wednesday.

One ventilator was also reportedly in use at the Washakie Medical Center and the Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. No more than 10 ventilators have been in use since May 9.

Hospitals across the state have conducted a total of 9,350 COVID-19 tests as of July 9. 2.3% of those tests have come back positive. The Wyoming Department of Health reports a total of 54,917 COVID-19 tests complete across the state.

There have been 1,581 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming and 370 probable cases through 3 pm Tuesday. 22 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported.

The Wyoming Department of Health also reports the average number of lab confirmed COVID-19 cases reported per day as follows:

  • 21 day average: 27.38
  • 14 day average: 27.29
  • 7 day average: 26.29

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.