Active Cases and Hospitalizations Increase as Surge Continues
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - Wyoming’s COVID-19 surge has continued over the past two weeks, with more than 3,100 active cases and 83 reported hospitalizations as of Oct. 23. Over the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged 161 lab-confirmed cases per day. The percent of COVID-19 tests with a positive result in the past 14 days has reached 7%, leading to that category to be changed to “Concerning” on Wyoming’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Among Wyoming residents, there have now been 68 coronavirus-related deaths, 8,918 lab-confirmed cases and 1,627 probable cases reported since the pandemic began.
Governor Gordon said during his news conference that the state has expanding its testing options to help ensure cases are identified earlier. He noted that many healthcare facilities have plans to create additional capacity if it becomes needed and that the state has an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment. Wyoming also recently submitted its COVID-19 vaccination plan to the federal government. This voluntary program will initially target priority populations.
Along with the home testing option, the state is utilizing rapid test kits provided by the federal government in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and a voluntary surveillance testing program for school district staff. The Wyoming Department of Health and the Governor continue to encourage residents to take simple steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, including wearing masks when social distancing is not possible, practicing good hygiene and staying home when sick.
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