Cases of COVID-19 in Wyoming have modestly declined in the past two weeks, but the situation in Teton County remains tenuous.
According to data compiled by The New York Times, on Tuesday the rolling seven-day average total number of new daily cases in Wyoming had fallen about 26% in the past 14 days to 549. The total number of active cases in the state Wednesday was 7,709, with 152 in Teton County.
During the same 14-day period that cases trended downward, hospitalizations tracked higher, rising 19% to 239.
Karen Connelly, chief communications officer for St. John’s Health, said Wednesday afternoon that the hospital’s intensive care unit remained full, with three COVID-19 patients and three others, and that the primary care unit had 20 patients, half of them with COVID-19. The hospital has instituted daily meetings with front-line staff to manage the high number of patients.
That group is exploring where else in the building St. John’s could put patients should the need arise.
St. John’s CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre went before elected officials Tuesday to explain how dire the situation is at Jackson’s hospital. Though it may have space for more patients, quarantines and active infections have lowered the number of staffers able to care for them.
There is one piece of potentially good news, Connelly said. The Abbott Laboratories rapid-testing equipment the hospital has been expecting for months may soon arrive.
“That capability is necessary when we are seeing an influx of sick people in the hospital,” she said.