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COVID-19 status moves to red for Wyoming Women’s Center

Wyoming Women's Center in Lusk, Wy (Wyoming Department of Corrections)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Women’s Center’s COVID-19 status has moved to red, the Wyoming Department of Corrections announced on Monday, May 2.

The Lusk facility recently underwent surveillance testing, which tests 20% of both inmates and staff, and found 14 inmates positive for the virus.

With this status change, the facility will move to implement policies for a red status, according to the department’s COVID-19 plan. This includes:

  • Moving testing to 100% for both staff and inmates on a weekly basis.
  • Requiring masks for all staff and all inmates.
  • Shifting all visitations to non-contact only.
  • Preventing volunteers from being on-site while at the red status.
  • Performing on-site temperature screenings.
  • Holding parole board meetings through video only.

A facility moves to a red status when there is a 7–10% facility transmission rate. The current number of deaths at Wyoming correctional facilities remains at 9, a department news release stated.

All positive cases of inmates are medically monitored and managed with the help of the Wyoming Department of Health.

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.