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76 active COVID-19 cases reported among Wyoming’s prison staff and inmate populations

June 15, 2020- Governor Mark Gordon visits the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. Since early April, inmates have been sewing cloth face coverings for distribution to private businesses and state employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor also visited a similar program at Wyoming Women's Center in Lusk. (Courtesy Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) provided an update regarding COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The WDOC reported 76 total active confirmed positive cases among inmates and staff. 41 inmates and WDOC staff who had previously tested positive have recovered and are cleared by the Wyoming Department of Health to return to the general population or return to work.

“A first round of mandatory testing took place this week at the Wyoming Women’s Center,” the department added. “All prison staff and WDOC inmates have now been tested at least once, and re-tests are being conducted on an as needed basis. The WDOC will continue to provide regular updates as new information becomes available.”

The WDOC provides details regarding the COVID-19 situation at prisons across their system as follows:

  • Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) in Rawlins:
    • Inmate Population: 67 active cases and 22 recoveries
    • Staff Population: 7 active cases and 13 recoveries
  • Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution (WMCI) in Torrington:
    • Inmate Population: 1 active case and 2 recoveries
    • Staff Population: 0 active cases and 3 recoveries
  • Wyoming Honor Farm (WHF in Riverton:
    • Inmate Population: 0 positive cases over time
    • Staff Population: 0 positive cases over time
  • Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp (WHCC) in Newcastle:
    • Inmate Population: 0 positive cases over time
    • Staff Population: 1 active case
  • Wyoming Women’s Center (WWC) in Lusk:
    • Inmate Population: 0 positive cases over time
    • Staff Population: 0 active cases and 1 recovery

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.


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.


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