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Fifth inmate dies after contracting COVID-19 while incarcerated in Wyoming

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) on Thursday reported that a fifth Wyoming inmate has died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In its weekly update, the WDOC shared no specific details about the new COVID-19-related inmate death.

In addition to the newly reported inmate death, the WDOC reported 82 new COVID-19 cases among inmates and correctional staff detected in the past week. 77 of those new cases were at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. That includes 76 new cases among inmates and one staff member that tested positive for COVID-19.

Three inmates tested positive at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. Two inmates tested positive at the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk.

“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 said. “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.