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Wyoming State Penitentiary coronavirus count reaches 24

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - More inmates and employees at the Wyoming State Penitentiary have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Fifteen inmates, two prison staffers and seven of the prison's contract healthcare staff have tested positive, state corrections officials said Monday.

Corrections officials to date have tested 876 inmates and employees at the maximum-security prison in Rawlins and 311 inmates and employees at the minimum-security Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton.

Nobody at the honor farm has tested positive.

Testing began this week at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington as part of an effort to test all of the state's inmates and corrections workers.

Random testing of 20% of inmates and corrections staff will follow. All new inmates are meanwhile being quarantined for 14 days and tested twice in quarantine, corrections officials said.

Last week, three inmates, one staff member and six contract healthcare workers had positive results out of those tested at the Wyoming State Penitentiary.

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