Of those from Wyoming killed by the virus, about 33% were younger than 70. About 64% had health conditions that made them more susceptible to the virus. Photo: Stock // Diy13

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Visitor COVID-19 Testing Program has been extended through January of 2021. The extension follows after the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce said the program has been successful so far since its initiation in December.

“In response to the success of the free Visitor COVID 19 Test program initiated in December, the program will now supply COVID-19 tests to visitors to Wyoming through January of 2021,” the Chamber said in a press release.

JH Visitor Testing Program

Hotels and other resort and hospitality industries can notify guests before arrival that they can preorder a VAULT test and send it to their lodging as long as it is a Wyoming address. The program enables the guest to test while in place and receive their results to mitigate quarantine or other limitations being implemented across the country when they return home.

“We know visitors have been using the program and, as such, can come on vacation and contribute to our communities’ economic wellbeing,” said Anna Olson, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce President/CEO. “The program is a means to keep residents and visitors safe. This program is not affecting the availability of tests for Wyoming employees and residents.”

VAULT tests provide the opportunity of testing at the guest’s lodging, on any schedule. All test results are sent directly to the guest and Teton County Public Health Office. If the test result is positive, guests who receive a positive test result in Wyoming will need to follow the statewide ordinance requiring an in-state quarantine. The guest will be responsible for all costs associated with this additional stay. Guests who receive a positive test result (who showed no symptoms) and have already returned home (outside of Wyoming) agree to assist local public health officials with contact tracing work for their time in Wyoming.

If a guest is feeling ill with flu-like symptoms, St. John’s Health can evaluate on their nurse hotline line and via a telehealth visit with one of their providers. St. John’s will then determine if the guest needs a coronavirus test, and they will deliver instructions for tests by appointment at one of their testing locations. Call 307-739-4898, option 3.

This program was conceived and delivered in collaboration with Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, St. John’s Health, Teton County Public Health, Wyoming Office of Tourism, and the Wyoming Governor’s office.

Buckrail @ Jacob

Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.