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COVID transmission rates at Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington prompts restrictions

The Wyoming Medium correctional Institution in Torrington. (Wyoming Department of Corrections)

CASPER, Wyo —COVID-19 transmission remains “high” at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington, according to the Wyoming Department of Corrections. The WDOC said that 59 positive COVID-19 cases were identified as of as of Wednesday, July 14, during comprehensive surveillance samplings conducted during the week.  The cases involve 51 inmates and eight staff members.

The facility remains in Red status based upon the Departments response plan for facilities.  All other WDOC facilities continue in the “green” status, with a facility transmission rates under 2.9% on a 14-day average. “Red” status means transmission rates are over 7-10%

“Comprehensive testing of staff and inmates will again be conducted Monday July 18…” the Department of Corrections said.  Facility operations will resume normal operations Thursday morning with the exception of quarantine and isolation units, which will remain restricted. 

“In-person visitation will remain suspended and visitation is limited to video visits until the status of the facility falls below the current Red status,” the Department said.

Nine inmate deaths have been reported to date in Wyoming state prisons, according to the release.

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