Around 32% of Wyoming's population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

WYOMING — On Friday, the Wyoming Department of Health announced that around 93% of the state’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have been individuals who aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Around 32% of Wyoming’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the Wyoming COVID hospitalization tracker, 70 people across the state were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday. Nearly half of those patients (33) were in the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

“Between May 1 and July 19, roughly 93% of those patients in Wyoming who were hospitalized at the time they were interviewed by public health representatives did not report being fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” WDH spokeswoman Kim Deti told Cowboy State Daily on Friday.

Since January, Wyoming has yet to see such a high hospitalization number. In fact, the number marks the first time since the beginning of the year that more than 60 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in the state.

With only 73 of 131 beds in Wyoming available, almost half of the state’s available intensive care unit beds were occupied. However, this does not mean that all patients in the ICU had the virus.

The state had almost 800 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday. Such a spike in numbers has not been seen in nearly six months. Last year, Wyoming didn’t hit 700 active cases until September. At the time, it was the beginning of a spike that saw more than 11,000 cases by late November.

Health officials believe that the more contagious Delta variant and low vaccination rates are the leading contributors to the higher active cases in the state, Deti told the Cowboy State Daily on Thursday.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who is lucky to call the Tetons home. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.