By the numbers: Teton County up to two cases, testing steady

JACKSON, Wyo. — St. John’s Health is reporting a second positive case of COVID-19 as of today, March 20.

No details have been released about the patient. The case was reported on St. John’s Health’s coronavirus webpage, which is now tracking cases, number of tests sent, and more. According to Teton County Health Department Director Jodie Pond, the case was confirmed in a private lab, so no information is available yet. Pond said the Health Department will release information on the case as soon as it is available.

The new case was just confirmed today. So far, numbers suggest that COVID-19 concerns are staying steady or increasing. St. John’s submitted eight COVID-19 tests to the Wyoming Department of Health yesterday and 11 the day before. Sixty tests have been submitted to date. St. John’s also executed 80 telehealth visits and took 153 hotline calls yesterday, compared to 66 telehealth visits and 132 calls the day before.

St. John’s currently has a machine that tests for 27 other viruses that can cause respiratory symptoms in just two hours. Anyone who gets tested for COVID-19 will also be tested for other viruses to rule out other illnesses.

The state is still taking anywhere from four to seven days to turn tests around. St. John’s Health CEO Paul Beaupré said St. John’s will have its own COVID test within two weeks that can produce results in two hours. Still, the public should call the St. John’s call line (307-739-4898, option 3,) for a phone evaluation prior to visiting in-person.

State-wide, the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory has completed 334 tests. The newest Teton County case brings the total of confirmed cases up to 20 in Wyoming.

WPHL is no longer sending positive cases from its lab to the CDC, so positive tests are considered confirmed.

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