JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell, MD, has extended a public health order limiting gatherings to only individuals within the same household until the end of the month.
The order was set to end Friday, April 17, but is now in effect until April 30. Wyoming State Health Officer Alexia Harrist authorized the extension.
“Modeling indicates we likely have not yet reached the peak of this outbreak,” Riddell said. “It does appear that Jackson Hole is flattening the curve, but continued social distancing is necessary to keep our community healthy.”
The first continuation of Public Health Order #20-4 orders that all Residents of Teton County, Wyoming, including the City of Jackson, Wyoming shall limit gatherings to only individuals who are living in the same household, with certain exceptions as described below, in order to control the spread of COVID-19.
A person is allowed to:
The first continuation of Countywide Order #20-4 also defines physical distancing requirements as: Maintain at least six (6) feet distance from other individuals, wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible, or use hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), and regularly clean high touch surfaces. Do not shake hands.
The Wyoming Statutes explicitly grant the power to issue public health orders to medical professionals, rather than elected officials. The Wyoming State Health Officer, a medical doctor, authorizes and directs the Teton District Health Officer, also a medical doctor, to issue public health orders.
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