Teton County moves down to orange, moderate risk level for COVID-19

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Health Department announced today that Teton County has moved into the Orange (Moderate) Risk Level due to continued improvements in some of the local COVID metrics.

Between January 28, 2021, and February 10, 2021, Teton County detected 198 new cases. This is a 60% decrease from the previous two weeks, during which time 494 cases were detected. The percent of recent COVID-19 tests that were positive has also decreased to approximately 3.7% from 7% two weeks ago. Recent hospitalizations of COVID-19 cases have remained low and Teton County Health Department’s contact tracing team has been able to respond to each new case and their contacts.

While these trends are encouraging, new cases of COVID-19 in Teton County remain high. Teton County Health Department Epidemiologist, Shane Yu, MPH, said, “We’re continuing to move in the right direction and that’s very encouraging. That said, our case numbers are still higher than they were during our peak last summer. Right now, we are able to move into the moderate risk level because the hospitalizations are low and the County’s contact tracing and testing capacities have improved over time. This all means we are better able to handle current case numbers which are still quite high despite the recent decrease. Everyone should continue to be very careful and follow all the standard precautions.”

The Teton County Health Department would like to remind community members about the recommendations that come with the Orange (Moderate) Risk Level. These include avoiding large gatherings, avoiding crowded spaces, and more. The county asks to continue to wear masks, maintain at least six feet of distance, stay home when sick, and wash hands frequently. Read about the Orange (Moderate) Risk Level and the accompanying recommended preventative measures here.

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