Oct 16, 2020 5:07 PM

WMC reports record hospitalizations for the coronavirus

Posted Oct 16, 2020 5:07 PM

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Medical Center has reported that 21 of the facility’s 149 patients are being treated for the coronavirus, a record number for the state’s largest hospital.

The figure as of Wednesday has forced the facility to divert patients from outside the county unless they are suffering from heart attacks, strokes or traumatic injuries.

The hospital was also forced to hold 17 patients in its emergency room because of a lack of space. Hospitalizations have increased across Wyoming.

The state reported on Oct. 8 an all-time high in one day of 56 hospitalizations due to the virus.

As recently as early September, 13 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus.