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Wyoming reports 23 more COVID deaths amid soaring hospitalizations


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Health reported an additional 23 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents on Tuesday, August 31.

858 Wyoming residents have reportedly died after contracting the virus since the pandemic began. These are deaths that have COVID-19 listed as either the underlying or primary cause of death or as a contributing cause of death, WDH explains.

The deaths come as hospitalizations rise across the state and hospitals deal with a shortage of available intensive care unit beds and other resources to care for not only COVID-19 patients, but other critical patients as well.

The Wyoming Department of Health reported 195 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Wyoming on Monday. That was the most since December 10, 2020. The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had 48 COVID patients on Tuesday and the Wyoming Medical Center had 40.

The Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) announced Monday that it was cancelling elective surgeries due to an “overwhelming influx” of COVID patients. The MHSC is among seven Wyoming hospitals with no unoccupied intensive care unit (ICU) beds available on Monday. Three hospitals had only one ICU bed open, according to the WDH.

The MHSC reported Monday that 98% of its COVID patients have been unvaccinated. The MHSC also reported that it has been receiving calls from hospitals as far away as Texas asking if it was able to accept transfer patients.

Governor Mark Gordon has encouraged people in the state to get vaccinated. He said on August 16 that getting vaccinated is an “intensely personal choice” and that he encourages people to do so if they think that is appropriate.

“Get vaccinated if you are willing,” Gordon said.

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.