March 20th, 2020
It's been a busy week for confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state with many wondering why the testing has been limited. This issue is limited numbers of test kits. State Department of Health Spokeswoman Kim Deti says medical providers are deciding which patients to test, and prioritizing those at highest risk.
But one COVID-19 patient in Lander - who's one of 9 residents and staff at Showboat Retirement Center who tested positive - was initially passed over for a test at SageWest hospital. That's according to her daughter, Tesla Meyer. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher spoke with her - Meyer says her mother rode a senior center bus to St. John's Medical Clinic in Lander last Friday to get treated for a severe cough.
Fremont County currently has the highest number of known COVID-19 cases in Wyoming - nine out of 20 that have been confirmed in our state by Friday. Eight of Fremont County's cases are residents or staff members at Lander's Showboat Retirement Center, and state health officials say the ninth case is directly related to that cluster.
Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher has been reporting from Lander. She talked with Bob Beck about news that one of those Lander patients was initially denied testing, and how the city and county are responding to the pandemic.
Private prisons are often touted as a good source of jobs and economic prosperity for communities. But how do those jobs compare to the ones in government-run facilities?
As part of our series Private Prisons: Locking In The Facts, and with the support of the Pulitzer Center, the Mountain West News Bureau’s Noah Glick took a look and found there’s no clear answer.
In the final part of our series on the private prison industry we are looking at how these large corporations are moving into a new sector – rehab and reentry services. Things like mental health counseling, drug treatment, electronic monitoring, and halfway houses. With support from the Pulitzer Center our Mountain West News Bureau’s Ali Budner reports, this shift is at the crux of a recent conflict in Colorado.
As people follow recommendations to stay home in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, some folks are left totally alone. That can be disruptive to mental health—especially in a state with one of the leading suicide rates. Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones reports.
Scientists are working hard to understand what we can do about COVID-19. As Rae Ellen Bichell reports, that includes a few groups in the Mountain West.
With COVID-19 showing up in Wyoming, we thought we would speak to a couple of University of Wyoming students from China who were in their country around the time the outbreak occurred. Naina Rao says they already experienced many things people in the United States are going through now.
Over the years there’s been a conflict between news, advocacy organizations and members of the public versus government agencies when it comes to documents and information. Many times these issues go to court. In an effort to make all sides play better together, the legislature created the position of Ombudsman to settle these disputes. Ruth Van Mark joins us to discuss her role in the state.