COVID-19 numbers spike at Wyoming correctional facilities

(Cheyenne, WY) – As of Friday October 15th, the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Wyoming’s correctional facilities rose to 148, from 19 the previous week, according to the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

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

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The Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) in Torrington had the biggest rise in total positive cases, jumping from eight to 116. Of the positive cases, seven were staff, and 109 were inmates.

The Wyoming Honor Farm (WHF) in Riverton also experienced a jump in positive cases, all inmates, going from three last week to 17 this week.

The other correctional facilities also saw slight increases in positive numbers, with the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp (WHCC) in Newcastle at seven, the Wyoming Women’s Center (WWC) in Lusk at five, and the Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) in Rawlins at three.

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 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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