FRESHWATER COUNTY — While Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County reports fewer COVID-19-related hospital patients, the emergency room averages more than 40 patients per day.
As Sweetwater County Public Health officials continue to send out COVID-19 updates, we’ll be reviewing them and passing new information to our readers.
Here’s what’s new in this week’s update.
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Recent transmission indicators by province showed a large increase in current active cases
from 119 last week to 183 this week. “We contacted State Epi and there has been a backlog of active cases reporting over the past few weeks, driving the number up,” the public health service said. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on a solution to this problem.
As of Thursday, Nov. 12, Sweetwater County’s 14-day moving average positivity rate is at 8.1 percent, up from 7 percent last week. Transmission levels have risen to the “orange zone” and Sweetwater is generally back to the “red zone,” meaning the county has a high transmission rate.
Sweetwater County has had 94 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.
As of Nov. 8, there were 16,278, or 38.44 percent, fully vaccinated individuals in Sweetwater County.
Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 has been approved for use and the Public Health has vaccinated 155 pediatric patients at its first clinic on Nov. 5 and has administered a total of 174 to date.
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (MHSC) reports that the number of admitted COVID-19 patients is lower than in recent weeks. Since the beginning of November, MHSC has been caring for four to eight admitted COVID-19 patients daily.
Although the number of hospital admissions has fallen, the Emergency Department remains busy. The number of emergency room visits continues to average more than 40 patients per day. Emergency room doctors continue to send home oxygenated COVID-19 patients, as well as children with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).
Western Wyoming Community College reports five confirmed COVID-19 cases this week with six positive cases. Since the beginning of the fall semester, Western has seen a total of 61 cases.