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

Cases

There have been 3,673 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Teton County. There are 85 probable cases. There are currently 20 active cases.

There are 49,642 lab-confirmed cases in the state of Wyoming. There are 712 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 11 a.m. May 12.

WYO HEALTH

St. John’s Health COVID-19 cumulative statistics:

  • 282 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions*
  • 22 COVID-19-related patients transfers to Idaho/Utah*

*Data accurate as of 9 a.m. May 11

Statewide Health Orders:

Statewide Health Orders are issued by the Wyoming State Health Officer and are in effect for the entire state. They are issued by a medical professional rather than an elected official.

In effect May 1, 2021 through May 16, 2021: 

  1. The 26th Continuation of Order #1: Conditions of operation for establishments including child care facilities, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools.
  2. The 26th Continuation of Order #2: Gathering size limitations.

Teton County Health Orders:

Teton County Health Orders are issued by the Teton District Health Office with authorization and approval from the Wyoming State Health Officer. These orders are issued by medical professionals, not elected officials. They are in effect for all of Teton County, Wyoming, including the City of Jackson. 

Signed Revocation of Teton District Health Order #21-3 as of May 7, 2021 at noon.

Teton County Health Department recommends community members to continue to follow the CDC’s guidance for mask usage. Local businesses, organizations and event planners may develop their own policies for their staff and customers, as long as accommodations can be made for those requiring exemptions.

Teton County COVID-19 Risk Level

Teton County Health Department announced on May 12 that Teton County, WY has moved down into the Green (New Normal) Risk Level for COVID-19.  This decrease from the Yellow (Low) Risk Level has resulted from continued improvements in the local COVID-19 metrics including the total number of new cases and the reduction in COVID-19 cases being attributed to community spread.  This is the first time the county has been in the green risk level since the creation of the COVID-19 risk level guidance system in the Summer of 2020.

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.

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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