BREAKING: Teton County moves to red risk level for COVID-19

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County has entered the “red,” or high, risk level for COVID-19 as cases climb and community transmission increases, the Teton County Health Department announced today.

To provide clarity and reduce confusion in the community, Teton County Health Department is adjusting its COVID Risk Level Metrics to align with the Centers for Disease Control metrics on COVID-19 transmission risk level. Based on these changes Teton County is now in the Red (High) COVID Risk Level. This change aims to highlight the risk of COVID-19 transmission or spread of COVID-19 in Teton County with the goal of providing community members with information pertinent to making choices about their behaviors and take preventative actions against COVID-19. The metrics that will be included going forward are:

  1. A rolling seven-day sum of new cases per 100,000 population; and
  2. Percent of tests over the last two weeks that are positive.

Teton County’s COVID-19 risk levels will mirror the recommendations and thresholds set by the CDC, with levels determined as low (green), moderate (yellow), substantial (orange), and high (red). When the two metrics suggest different transmission levels, the higher level will be selected. Teton County will update the metrics weekly both on its webpage and the COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard will continue to provide expanded Teton County COVID-19 statistics which will be regularly updated. To view Teton County’s COVID-19 dashboard, visit https://arcg.is/0yivan0.

Health Department Director Jodie Pond, MPH, said, “We are hoping that this change will allow community members to easily see the metrics that show the transmission level of COVID-19 in our community. While the other COVID metrics are important, they do not play as large of a role in the risk of getting COVID-19 in our community.”

“We want to make sure community members have all the information they need to make appropriate decisions, especially if they are a more high-risk individual, have an at-risk individual in their household, or have children or others in their household who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccination,” Pond said.

The Teton County Health Department asks community members to review the recommendations that come with each COVID Risk Level. To view the preventative measures for each risk level please click here.

Over the last two weeks, cases have spiked largely among Teton County residents. According to The New York Times an average of 16 cases per day were reported in Teton County, a 135 percent increase from the average two weeks ago.

Photo: The New York Times

The county has seen a 62% increase in hospitalizations within the last 14 days and a test positivity increase of 7%.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 6 residents have been infected, a total of 4,116 reported cases. Right now, Teton County is at an extremely high risk for unvaccinated people.”

This graphic depicts that January 2021 was the worst month for cases in Teton County. However, cases are starting to trend upward once again, concerning public health officials in the county. Photo: The New York Times

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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