CASPER, Wyo. — The number of COVID-19 patients at Wyoming hospitals dropped to 209 on Wednesday, September 15, down from 212 on Tuesday, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
Hospitalizations had been generally trending up from late June through September 8, when Wyoming hospitals saw 233 COVID-19 patients. Those 233 patients were the most hospitals had dealt with since the fall 2020 surge peaked out in late November last year.
The Wyoming Medical Center had the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the state on Wednesday at 45. That was followed by 43 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
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While overall COVID-19 hospitalizations have come down in recent days, four hospitals had zero available ICU beds on Wednesday. Those hospitals include:
- Campbell County Memorial Hospital
- Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Powell Valley Healthcare
- SageWest Health Care-Lander
These hospitals had only one available ICU bed on Wednesday:
- Ivinson Memorial Hospital (Laramie)
- Johnson County Healthcare Center
- South Lincoln Medical Center
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had only two of its 25 available ICU beds unoccupied, according to the WDH. 8 of the 22 ICU beds at the Wyoming Medical Center were open on Wednesday.
As COVID-19 hospitalizations have come down slightly in Wyoming, the vaccination rate has slightly ticked up. The percent of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 increased to 36.49% as of Monday, according to the WDH. That is up from 35.91% as of September 7.
While Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has expressed opposition to a new vaccine mandate that will apply to employers with at least 100 employees, Gordon said in a press release on Wednesday that he still thinks vaccines are an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
“Vaccines are an important tool that can help us to bring this pandemic under control,” Gordon said. “I am vaccinated myself and believe they are safe and effective. Nevertheless, I also understand others may have a different impression of the COVID-19 vaccine. In some cases, they are my neighbors and I respect their views just as I expect them to respect mine. This Biden mandate is counterproductive and will not convince anyone otherwise.”
The WDH reiterated last week that getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization.
“Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that those who are fully-vaccinated have a dramatically reduced risk of requiring hospitalization for a coronavirus infection,” the WDH said. “To find a vaccine location near you, visit vaccines.gov or call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233.”
The WDH reported an additional 39 COVID-19-related deaths among Wyoming residents on Tuesday. 918 Wyoming residents have reportedly died after contracting COVID-19 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, the WDH explains.
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.