JACKSON, Wyo. —  Following several meetings this week, the Teton District Health Officer has issued a new recommendation intended to curb the current surge of COVID-19 and alleviate stress on the healthcare system.

Recommendation #12 recommends that gatherings should be limited to household groups only (i.e. people who live at the same residence). This recommendation will be in place from December 3, 2020 through December 15, 2020.

Teton District Health Officer, Travis Riddell, MD, MPH states, “We are calling for action from the community for the next two weeks so we can reduce COVID-19 transmission before the holidays. Our intention is to keep our community safe, keep schools and businesses open and be able to accept visitors, which keeps our economy going.”

“This is a targeted intervention with a limited timeframe and clear goal. Let’s come together to help our hospital, so it can remain available to help us in turn,” said Dr. Riddell.  “We did this in the spring and effectively eliminated detectable COVID from our community. We can do it again. Please let’s save lives and our winter economy.”

Gathering for work and school are still appropriate (with adequate social distancing, wearing masks and hygiene measures) and not limited by this recommendation. This is a pause on social, recreational, and extracurricular gatherings. Per the recommendation, a “household group” is defined as a group of individuals who reside in the same residence. A “gathering” is any planned or spontaneous event bringing together people in a single room or confined space (whether indoor or outdoor) at the same time.

“Please please be religious about wearing masks.” Said St. John’s Health CEO Paul Beaupre. “Even if you’re in a car with other people have a mask on. And stay with your own family.”

To read the entire recommendation visit, http://www.tetoncountywy.gov/2064/Current-Health-Orders-and-Guidance.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.