JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County has moved into the High (Red) Risk Level for COVID-19 according to the CDC, announced Teton County Health Department (TCHD) this morning.

This increase from the Medium Community Level in late May, is a result of new hospital admissions and an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the last 7 days. 

According to the TCHD, as of June 8, 2022, Teton County has averaged 24.1 cases per day for the past seven days for a total of 169 cases reported.

For the last 14 days, 19.34% of the tests taken at the Curative sites have received a positive result. Since June 1, 2022, St. John’s Health has admitted six patients with COVID-19 and transferred two such patients to higher levels of care.

“We understand that moving up to the High Community Level is frustrating at this point in the pandemic,” said Teton District Health Officer, Travis Riddell, MD, MPH. “We would all prefer to move past COVID-19 and not hear that our risk for COVID-19 is increasing.”

During this time, Riddell encourages community members to wear a mask in public, indoor settings.

“We know that all community members will assess their COVID-19 risk differently depending on their situation.  Compared to the past when we had high COVID caseloads, Teton County is now one of the most vaccinated communities.”

Riddell added that Teton County now has COVID antiviral treatment available at no cost for high-risk individuals. Antiviral treatment reduces the chance of severe COVID-19 outcomes.

Despite this, he says preventative measures are still the best steps to protect oneself and limit virus propagation in the community.

Community members can review these recommendations here.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.