COVID-19 in Teton County: What you need to know

Cases

There have been 336 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Teton County. There are 38 probable cases. There are currently 43 active cases.

There are 2,533 lab-confirmed cases in the state of Wyoming. There are 28 COVID-related deaths.

Visit the Wyoming Department of Health for more statistics and a map of cases.

*These numbers are based on the most current reports from the Wyoming Department of Health and Teton County Health Department. It is accurate as of 10 a.m. August 10. 

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When and how should I wear a mask?

A county-wide public health order (see below) requires face coverings to be worn inside and in line at all public places in Teton County. This includes commercial and retail businesses, grocery stores, public transit, taxis, and healthcare facilities. Face coverings must be worn at entrances to businesses and waiting in line for services. In restaurants, masks must be worn until you and your party is seated. Employees at all county businesses are also required to wear masks when interacting with customers.

Masks should fit snugly and cover your nose, mouth at all times. They should be made of cloth, fabric, or other soft permeable material that allows the user to breathe without holes.

Health Orders

There is currently one active county-wide health order. Public Health Order #20-6 requires that people wear face coverings inside and in line at all public places in Teton County including retail and commercial businesses, public transit, and healthcare facilities. Local businesses are required to post visible ignage about the requirement at The order replaces the emergency town mask ordinance, which expired Tuesday morning.

There are also three statewide health orders in effect until July 31. Health Order #1 allows for the opening and operation of bars, restaurants, theaters, gyms, children facilities, and schools under certain hygienic conditions.

Health Order #2 prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people except under certain circumstances. Outdoor events are allowed to accommodate up to 250 people if physical distancing can be practiced.

Health Order #3 allows nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, massage therapy services, tattoo and body art parlors, and cosmetology services to open and operate under certain hygienic conditions.

What businesses can expect

Local businesses must require employees and patrons to wear face coverings inside and waiting in line for service. The Chamber of Commerce has some PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for local businesses to use and distribute.

If an employee develops symptoms of COVID-19, they notify their supervisor should stay home. If they develop symptoms while at work, they should immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors, and be sent home. Employees should not return to work until they have quarantined for the appropriate amount of time and consulted with a healthcare provider or the Health Department. All other employees should monitor symptoms and notify their employer if they begin to feel sick. Employers should not require test results or doctor’s notes to confirm or validate illness.

In most cases, businesses will not be required to shut down if an employee is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Businesses should close off any areas used for prolonged periods of time by the sick person and wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize the potential for other employees being exposed to respiratory droplets. Open any outside doors and windows to increase air circulation to these areas during the waiting period.

The Health Department will work with each case and businesses to determine if there is a concern of widespread contamination and if a closure is necessary.

What else can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend maintaining a distance of at least six feet between you and other people not in your family or household. Avoid gathering in large groups. Consider ordering takeout instead of dining in at your favorite eating establishment. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.

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