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Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations climb to 223, approaching new 2021 peak


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming COVID-19 hospitalizations climbed to 223 on Monday, October 11, up from 200 on Saturday and 222 on Sunday, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Hospitalizations in Wyoming started surging in late July, reaching a high point for 2021 on September 8, when there were 233 COVID-19 patients in Wyoming hospitals. After that point, hospitalizations saw some drop-off, reaching a low mark of 170 on September 18.

Hospitalizations have since generally trended back up, with Monday marking the highest number of COVID-19 patients since that September 8 peak.

The Wyoming Medical Center had the highest number of COVID-19 patients of any hospital in the state with 53 patients on Monday. The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had 41.

The WDH showed that the WMC had only one open intensive care unit bed on Monday. Five hospitals had zero available ICU beds. In addition to the WMC, three other hospitals had only one available ICU bed. While ICU beds are not exclusively used to treat COVID-19 patients, when hospitals deal with surges in these patients, that can put a strain on their ability to care for other types of critical-needs patients.

The availability of ventilators, which are sometimes used to treat severe COVID-19 patients, has been less strained than ICU resources in Wyoming hospitals. Five hospitals had ventilators in use on Monday, according to the WDH.

The Wyoming Medical Center had the most ventilators, 15 of its available 24, in use. The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center had 14 of its 63 ventilators in use.

1,041 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.