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10 test positive for COVID-19 at Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins

A corrections officer drives toward the gates of the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. (courtesy photo/Wyoming Department of Corrections)

CASPER, Wyo. — A total of 10 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins, according to the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

The department said on Wednesday, July 22 that “6 healthcare workers, 1 staff member, and 3 inmates have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.”

“As previously reported, the Wyoming Department of Corrections has begun COVID-19 testing on all staff and inmates within its institutions and offices,” the WDOC said. “The Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) in Rawlins completed the testing process early this week.”

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“A total of 876 tests were conducted on WSP staff, contract staff and inmate population.”

The Wyoming State Penitentiary has implemented contaiment protocols and contact tracing investigations are underway, according to the WDOC.

“The facility is following guidelines from the Wyoming Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control and is currently locked down,” the WDOC adds. “Full test results from WSP are still pending. Further information will be provided to the public as it becomes available.” 

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

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.