First Jackson Hole case of COVID: What we now know

JACKSON, Wyo. – An epidemiological follow up on the patient at St. John’s being treated for COVID-19 has revealed no identifiable source for the patient’s exposure.

Health officials are not considering the case to be community transmission. The patient had contact with several visitors who are no longer in the area. The actual source will likely never be known with certainty. The definition of community transmission is having more than one case in a community that are not linked to one another.

The Wyoming Department of Health and the Teton County Health Department are continuing follow up and contact tracing for the case first confirmed March 18. As part of the process, people who may have had close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 are identified and contacted by the Wyoming Department of Health. This step is also called contact tracing.

Contract tracing is important because it helps to stop transmission of the virus in the community through early identification and prompt quarantine or isolation of potentially exposed individuals. Community members will be notified if it’s determined you were a close contact with the diagnosed COVID-19 positive person. Currently, two family members of the patient are also in quarantine at home.

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