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JACKSON, Wyo. — The first COVID-19 related death at St. John’s Health occurred this past weekend. The patient was an older adult who was on comfort care in accordance with the family’s wishes. The patient’s death and these details were confirmed by Karen Connelly, Chief Communications Officer.

As of this morning, Dec. 7, St. John’s Health reported 1 patient in the ICU and 10 patients in the PCU. 48% of the beds at the hospital are occupied. Staffing levels are still stressed at the hospital with 42 staff members in isolation, 18 of them have tested positive for COVID-19.

Across the state, COVID-19 continues to spread with a gradual decline appearing over the weekend. As of Dec. 6, 205 people are hospitalized in Wyoming due to COVID-19. Hospitalizations peaked, with the highest recorded since the beginning of the pandemic on Nov. 30, with 247 people across the state hospitalized due to COVID-19. This data is self-reported by hospitals.

Twenty-seven more COVID-19 related deaths among Wyoming residents have been confirmed, according to the Wyoming Department of Health, as of Dec. 3. There have been 280 COVID related deaths in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Friday, Dec. 3, Teton District Health Officer, Travis Riddell, MD, MPH, issued a new recommendation to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community. The resolution asks the community to only gather with household members, except when going to school or work. The order is in effect until Dec. 15. The resolution was passed unanimously by the town council.

Riddell also sent a request to the state to make this resolution enforceable by law. During a town council meeting on Dec. 4, Jodie Pond, said, “The goal would be an actual variance in the order that’s enforceable by law” adding, “We felt this week, shutting down businesses was not the answer.”

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.