JACKSON, Wyo. — County health officials say some COVID metrics have improved in the past week but Teton will remain in ‘orange’ or moderate risk level, and current health orders will be extended through the end of the month.

The numbers are a bit more encouraging in Teton County, even as the state experiences record high surges in cases and hospitalizations. The metrics include the percentage of tests that are positive for COVID-19 and recent hospital admissions—both down slightly.

Meanwhile, Laramie County finalized a mask mandate which will take effect Monday. Active COVID cases there are a reported six times higher than at the start of October.

In Jackson Hole, health officials are asking all community members to adhere to the guidance listed in Recommendation #11 to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. In addition to the mask order for Teton County, early closure recommendation for bars and restaurants has been extended until November 30, 2020.

Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell, MD, MPH, stated “We are asking that all community members wear a mask at all times in public settings, stay home when sick (even with mild symptoms), maintain six feet of physical distance from others, and frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when handwashing is not available. These four preventative measures, when combined with other items listed in Recommendation #11, can help decrease the risk of exposure to COVID-19.”

To decrease community spread of COVID-19 in Teton County, the Teton District Health Officer is urging the public take all the precautions that are described below.

  1. Do not attend large gatherings and keep group sizes small.
  2. Avoid indoor, crowded spaces.
  3. Phone and video chats are encouraged in place of in-person meetings.
  4. Limit travel as much as possible, and when traveling limit contact with other in public spaces. Monitor symptoms for changes in health upon return.
  5. Follow strict physical distancing measures:
    a. Always maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals when in public.
    b. Wear a face covering in public.
    c. Refrain from shaking hands with other individuals.
    d. Do not visit friends or family without urgent need.
    e. Do not attend non-essential gatherings.
  6. Follow strict hygiene standards including:
    a. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible.
    b. Use hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) when soap and water are not available.
    c. Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.)
    d. Stay home when sick, even with mild symptoms.
  7. Avoid visits to nursing homes and other residential care facilities.
  8. Avoid physical interactions with high-risk individuals as much as possible.
  9. Keep group sizes small for in-person playdates or similar activities.
  10. All symptomatic children should stay home.
  11. Decrease your shopping or errand frequency. Contactless, curbside, delivery, takeout, and virtual services are strongly encouraged.