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Wyoming Department of Corrections reports 83 positive COVID cases in past week in over 450% increase

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Corrections reported 83 positive COVID-19 cases Friday morning among inmates and staff over the past week as part of its routine virus testing.

The case number is an over 450% increase from the previous week, when the Wyoming Department of Corrections reported 15 cases in its correctional institutions.

The positive cases were spread across five different locations. Eight inmates in Wyoming have died of COVID-19, per the department, including two in January. Types of virus variants for the positive tests are not listed in the report.

The positive cases in the listed locations are as follows, per a release from the department:

  • Wyoming State Penitentiary, Rawlins: 38 positive cases (22 inmates, 16 staff)
  • Wyoming Medium Correctional Institute, Torrington: 20 positive cases (12 staff, eight inmates)
  • Wyoming Honor Farm, Riverton: 14 positive cases (13 inmates, one staff)
  • Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp, Newcastle: Nine positive cases (Eight staff, one inmate)
  • Wyoming Women’s Center, Lusk: Two positive cases (One staff, one inmate)

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.