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Wyoming down to 19 COVID hospitalizations for first time since Sept. 2020

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 in December in Casper. The parade was organized to show appreciation for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 surge. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been trending downward since the end of Nov. 2020 and have returned to levels not seen since the fall surge.

The Wyoming Department of Health reported 19 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. That’s the first time hospitalizations have dropped below 20 since Sept. 28, 2020.

The Wyoming Medical Center had eight COVID patients on Monday, down from the peak of 75 seen on Nov. 25, 2020. The state’s peak COVID hospitalization occurred on Nov. 30, 2020 when 247 patients were in hospitals across the state.

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There are 552 active cases of COVID-19 statewide, according to the WDH. The 14-day positivity rate stands at 3.12%, down from the 14.99% 14-day postivity rate seen on Nov. 16, 2020.

Wyoming has been adding an average of 69.4 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day over the last 14-days. This metric peaked at 652.2 on Nov. 25, 2020.

While Wyoming has continued to see COVID-19 related deaths reported, the rate of new deaths has slowed. Six COVID related deaths were reported during the week starting Feb. 7 with two deaths reported during the following week.

The last time less than ten COVID-19 related deaths were reported in a week was during the week of Oct. 4, 2020.


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.