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39 new COVID cases reported in Wyoming prisons this week

Light breaks through clouds over Wyoming’s State Penitentiary in Rawlins. (photo courtesy of the Wyoming Department of Corrections)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Correction on Friday reported 39 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates and correctional staff in the last week.

The new cases include 14 among correctional staff and 25 among Wyoming inmates.

The WDOC reported the new cases as having been identified at the following facilities:

  • Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) Torrington
    • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 23
      • Staff: 10
      • Inmates: 13
  • Wyoming Honor Farm (WHF) Riverton
    • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 3
      • Staff: 1
      • Inmates: 2
  • Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp (WHCC) Newcastle
    • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 2
      • Staff: 1
      • Inmates: 1
  • Wyoming Women’s Center (WWC) Lusk
    • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 9
      • Staff: 1
      • Inmates: 8
  • Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) Rawlins
    • Positive COVID-19 Cases: 2
      • Staff: 1
      • Inmates: 1

The WDOC says 3 inmate deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

“Working with the Wyoming Department of Health, all positive inmate cases are medically monitored and managed by the Department and our health care provider (Corizon Health, Inc.) in accordance with CDC guidelines,” the WDOC says. “The department continues to conduct rigorous surveillance testing at all sites as necessary and will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

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.