Last COVID Community Update scheduled for Friday

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County will hold its last COVID Community Update on Friday, May 14, at noon.

“As Teton County moves into the Green (New Normal) Risk Level for COVID-19 we have decided to suspend any further regular COVID-19 Community Updates for the time being,” Carl Pelletier, Public Information Officer for the Town of Jackson said. “This will be the 30th COVID-19 Community Update that has taken place since March of 2020. These updates have served as an effective tool in the dissemination of accurate, pertinent, and timely information to our community.”

“I’m very excited that we’re able to discontinue the Community Updates based on the community doing so well,” Jodie Pond, Director of Health for Teton County, said. “We’re crunching the numbers, but things are looking really good in terms of our cases right now.”

The first COVID Community Update was held on Friday, March 20, 2020. When COVID first reached Teton County, the updates were being held once a week, gradually moving to once a month. The updates include representatives from St. John’s Health, the Teton County Health Department, the Town of Jackson, and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.

“The [Community Update] viewership was starting to fall off and we’ve been getting people vaccinated at a high rate, therefore, we thought the cases would go down and, sure enough, they have gone down,” Pond said.

Pond mentioned that all of the information in the Community Updates will still be available online, including the Teton County COVID-19 Dashboard, and updates on the current COVID risk levels in the county.

The Teton County Health Department is working on rolling out a new campaign in the next few weeks, aimed at seasonal workers and summer visitors, encouraging them to get vaccinated. “We’ve got to move on and do the best we can on all fronts including vaccination,” Pond said.

The final community update will be streamed live, online on the Town of Jackson’s website . Once on the Town’s homepage, the meeting can be viewed by clicking the “Watch a Meeting” icon.

For individuals unable to watch the update live, the update will be aired live on the following local radio stations:  KHOL (89.1 FM) and KMTN (96.9 FM). The update will be archived on as well as on the Town of Jackson’s website

“We truly do appreciate all of the efforts of Dr. Paul Beaupre, Dr. Travis Riddell, Jodi Pond, Pete Muldoon, Natalia Macker, Hailey Morton Levinson, Dr. Gillian Chapman, Anna Olsen, Rich Oches and the many other individuals that contributed to these updates throughout the course of this past year,” Pelletier said.

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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.

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