Teton County Health Department to use contracted service to assist with contact tracing

JACKSON, Wyo.— The Teton County Health Department’s Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team will begin using a contracted service through the Wyoming Department of Health to assist with contact tracing efforts in Teton County.

In the past two weeks, there have been 539 new cases of COVID-19 in Teton County.  This large increase in cases has overwhelmed the current capacity of the local team. Teton County Health Department announced yesterday, a new COVID risk level, moving the community from High, red to Critical, purple.

Teton County Health Director, Jodie Pond, MPH stated, “We are grateful for the assistance and support from the Wyoming Department of Health on this effort.  Timely notification to cases and their close contacts is an important tool to stopping the spread of COVID-19.  When there are multiple day delays in notifying cases, it creates further delays in the process such as notifying close contacts.” Pond has warned in the past that with an increase in cases, the Department’s contact tracing team could become overwhelmed.

The Teton County Health Department’s Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team are working with the contracted team throughout this process.  Community members may receive calls from either the local team or the contracted service through the State.

For more information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, what to do if you were exposed to someone who tested positive, and other local COVID-19 information and resources visit the town website.   If you need assistance accessing a COVID-19 test call (307)732-8628, option 4.  Please leave a message with your information and a member of the Health Department’s team will return your call within 24 hours.

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