Unvaccinated individuals are being urged to wear masks while in public. Grand Teton National Park shares their rules with visitors. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Health Department (TCHD) announced this afternoon, July 14, that the county has moved back up to yellow (low) risk level for COVID-19.

The county has been in green (new normal) risk level since May 12.

TCHD says the increase is based on a shift in local COVID-19 metrics, including an increase in new cases and the percentage of cases due to community spread.

According to TCHD, as of July 13, Teton County has averaged 3.4 new cases per day for the past seven days. There have been 28 new cases in the past two weeks. 23 of the new cases in the last two weeks have been in individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The new cases for the last two weeks included a cluster of COVID-19 cases who
were unvaccinated and live in a congregate living setting for local employers.

At this time anyone 12+ can book or walk-in for a COVID vaccine appointment. View all available appointments and days the clinic is open here.

In a press release, Teton County Health Director, Jodie Pond, MPH, said, “It is more important than ever for those who are eligible, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With new more contagious variants continuing to develop, the COVID-19 vaccines are our best preventative measure to stop not only the spread of COVID-19 but also the occurrence of new variants. Each time the virus replicates the more likely we are to see new, more contagious variants. The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to reduce severe illness and death from COVID-19.”

According to the Wyoming Department of Health, as of July 12, 58.33% of the population or 13,814 people in Teton County are fully vaccinated.

“If you have questions about the COVID19 vaccines, please call our COIVD-19 hotline at 307-732-8628 to speak to one of our nurses. They are available to answer any COVID question or concern,” Pond said.

Recommendations that come with the yellow (low) risk level include staying home when sick, testing for COVID-19, getting vaccinated and wearing a mask when needed.

Precautions to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to family, friends, coworkers or neighbors include avoiding crowded spaces, hosting outdoor gatherings when possible and avoiding traveling to areas with high transmission.

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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.