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Three coronavirus cases identified at Torrington prison
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Three coronavirus cases identified at Torrington prison

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Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution

A cell block sits ready for inmates at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington prior to the facility’s opening in early 2010. 

Two staff members and a contracted health care worker at Wyoming’s prison in Torrington have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the state announced Monday, a week after more cases were confirmed at the Wyoming State Penitentiary.

In total, the state Department of Corrections has identified 27 cases across its two prison facilities. Twenty-four of them — 15 inmates, two staff and seven health care workers — are in Rawlins, while the three confirmed Monday are the first to be identified in Torrington.

No positive cases have been linked to the Honor Farm, though testing there and at the boot camp in Newcastle is ongoing.

Hundreds of other inmates tested negative as part of a wide-scale effort at the correctional facilities.

The spike in cases at the prisons comes amid a similar rise statewide. Hundreds of new cases have been identified in the past month, with the state total currently standing at 2,333 confirmed and 475 probable cases. A total of 2,173 patients have recovered from the virus statewide.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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