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Gordon visits Wyoming inmates sewing face coverings to help with COVID-19 pandemic

(Office of Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Thursday, June 18 that Gordon has visited with inmates who have been working to sew cloth face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gordon visited both the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk and the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington where vocational industries programs are offered to inmates.

“Since early April, inmates in these facilities have been sewing cloth face coverings for distribution to private businesses and state employees during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gordon’s office said.

Other vocational programs are offered to inmates, according to the release. That includes a program at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution which involves inmates translating reading materials into Braille after they complete National Federation for the Blind certification.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections also announced on June 5 that inmates at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Facility now have the option to learn the plumbing trade.

“These Correctional Industries programs provide vocational skills as incarcerated individuals prepare for release and re-entry into Wyoming communities,” Gordon’s office said.

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.