COVID-19 numbers spike at Wyoming correctional facilities

(Cheyenne, WY) – As of Thursday, January 27th, the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Wyoming’s correctional facilities rose to 322, from 83 the previous week, according to the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC).

These positive case are identified in routine surveillance samplings, conducted during the previous week.

The Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) in Rawlins had the biggest rise in total positive cases, jumping from 38 to 164. Of the positive cases, 34 were staff, and 130 were inmates.

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The Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) positive cases rose from 20 to 38. Of the positive cases, 23 were staff, and 15 were inmates.

The Wyoming Honor Farm (WHF) in Riverton also experienced a jump in positive cases, going from 14 last week to 84 this week. Of the positive cases, 7 were staff, and 77 were inmates.

The other correctional facilities also saw slight increases in positive numbers, with the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp (WHCC) in Newcastle at 16, and the Wyoming Women’s Center (WWC) in Lusk at 20.

There have been a total of 8 inmate deaths due to COVID-19.

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.

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The Department continues to conduct rigorous surveillance testing at all sites as necessary and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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