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Wyoming testing finds 15 COVID-19 cases among penitentiary population

Wyoming State Penitentiary, courtesy of the Wyoming Department of Corrections

CASPER, Wyo. —  Fifteen inmates have been reported among the inmate population of the Wyoming State Penitentiary among other cases that have been discovered in penitentiary staff.

In the last two weeks, Wyoming Department of Corrections says they’ve completed mandatory testing at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton and penitentiary in Rawlins. 

“A total of 1187 tests on inmates, staff and contract staff were conducted,” WDOC said in a Monday written statement. Clarifying that 311 at were at WHF and 876 at WSP.  “There were no positive COVID cases reported from the tests conducted at WHF.”

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WDOC reports, however, that 15 positive cases were reported within the inmate population at WSP. 

In addition, 2 positive cases were reported among WSP staff, and 7 positive cases were reported among WSP’s contract healthcare staff.   

“WDOC is closely following the most up to date guidelines from the Wyoming Department of Health and Center for Disease Control, which includes isolating positive inmates, quarantining positive staff away from the workplace, and plans are underway to conduct facility wastewater sampling in an effort to minimize risk,” WDOC officials said monday.

Testing also reportedly began today at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington and is expected to be completed by Tuesday, July 28. 

Results will be reported when they become available.  

“Once testing is completed at all WDOC facilities and offices, random testing on 20% of the staff and inmate population will be conducted on a continuous basis and will be adjusted as necessary,” WDOC says. “All new inmates coming into WDOC facilities are quarantined for 14 days upon arrival and are tested twice during that period.”

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What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.