Spike in Covid cases resulting in rapid increase in hospital patients

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 7:20 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With the spike in positive COVID-19 cases in Wyoming, hospital beds are filling up, resulting in a decrease of testing equipment. As of November 20, 2020 at noon, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) held roughly 63 patients in hospital beds, eight of them in the ICU.

“It’s just spreading quicker here than it had been in the spring, and I think more of the patients are being affected whether they’re chronically ill that are getting it or patients who are fairly healthy.,” Charge Nurse of CRMV, Kristen Hefenieder said.

Some medical professionals believe that people who only have one symptom of coronavirus, should self-evaluate the severity of their condition before going to get a test. They believe If the symptom isn’t severe, then a person should stay home for 10-14 days if they have a known Covid exposure, or until the symptom resolves.

“I always think about ‘What level of symptom does the patient have in the moment? And is it needing to be evaluated, urgently?’” Director of Health Medical Institute of Cheyenne, Paul Washburn said.

If a person has any questions regarding symptoms of COVID-19 and if they should get tested, medical professionals recommend them to call their primary doctor.

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