JACKSON, Wyo. — As of Jan. 14, Teton County has reported 290 active COVID-19 cases, the highest number of cases since the onset of the pandemic in March of 2019. The first case in Teton County was reported on March 12. Active cases began dropping during the final days of 2020, with only 54 cases reported on Dec. 29, but cases have been increasing ever since. the highest jump was from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8 when the active case count went from 98 to 171.
On Jan 11, there were 78 new cases reported, the most in a single day. The previous record was set on Jan. 8 with 59 new cases. Teton County is home to 23,464 people, according to the most recent statistics from 2019. Approximately 11% of the population in Teton County has contracted COVID-19 since the virus began spreading. 44, 737 COVID tests have been processed.
On Jan. 4, the FDA released a safety communication alerting patients, caregivers, and health care providers of the risk of false negatives for the Curative SARS-Cov-2 test. The test is only meant for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Those not experiencing symptoms may in-fact be positive for COVID-19 but could receive a false negative.
The County has classified the health risk at level red, high, since Nov. 4. Teton County Health Officer Travis Riddell, MD, MPH reissued Recommendation #11, on Jan. 12, when active cases were at 219.
The second phase of vaccinations began earlier this week. The vaccines are being administered by priority groups. The remainder of subgroups from phase 1a will be vaccinated as well as the highest priority subgroups for phase 1b. The vaccination phases and priority groups are unique to each state and are dependant on availability.
“As more vaccines become available to Teton County, we will continue to move through the Phase 1b sub-groups as defined by the State,” said Pond. “We understand that many in our community are excited to be able to receive the COVID vaccine and we are excited to be able to continue to vaccinate more members of our community. This will be a multiple month process as limited vaccine doses become available to Teton County.”
Teton County will receive 8oo doses of the Moderna vaccine during January. These vaccines are the first doses and are subject to change based on availability.
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