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Wyoming DOC reports 41 new COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff

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

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Corrections on Thursday reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff identified through surveillance sampling in the last week.

The new cases include 18 at the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk, where 16 inmates and two staff tested positive. 10 cases, including seven inmates and three staff, were identified at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins.

Eight cases were identified at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institute in Torrington, including five inmates positive for COVID-19 and three staff members. Four inmates at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton also tested positive. One staff member at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp in Newcastle tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

Four inmates in Wyoming have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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.