St. John's Health - Grand Teton National Park
St. John's Health is now offering gynecology surgeries using the da Vinci robotics system. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Yesterday, March 5, St. John’s Health announced that visitors will be permitted back to the hospital and clinics. Many patients will now be able to have one designated healthy adult visitor per day.

In a press release penned by Dr. Paul Beaupré, Medical Director, Covid Response. Dr. Beaupré explained the decision from the hospital, “With a high percentage of our health care community now vaccinated (including an astounding 93% of our doctors) and other favorable community metrics, St. John’s Health is slowly and safely beginning to permit visitors back to the hospital and clinics. We are also beginning to plan for visitors in the Living Center, a community that is especially looking forward to seeing loved ones again.”

He emphasized that the reintroduction of visitors may change if circumstances deteriorate.

St. John’s still requires proper masks, no buff or bandanas will be permitted. Vistors must wear masks at all times during the visit.

Visitors will not yet be able to visit the Living Center and Cancer Centers until a proper plan is set. COVID patients will also be unable to receive visitors.

Dr. Beaupré also urges the community to get the covid vaccine when it is offered to them. He said, “We are in an Arms Race to get shots in arms. To delay the timeframe to community immunity will result in more sickness, more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths. This would be tragic. Don’t be a vaccine brand shopper. All of the currently available vaccines reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalizations, and death to nearly zero. That is remarkable.”

On March 3, the Teton County Health Department announced the open registration for group 1c.

According to the press release, St. John’s Health is aiming to have nearly all eligible residents vaccinated by summer.

As of March 5, there are 7o active COVID-19 cases in Teton County. As of March 3, 4, 671 first-doses have been administered. The county has received 6,895 doses. 2,402 second-doses have been given, with 3,945 doses received by the county.



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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.