Teton County moves to yellow risk level, Gordon removes health order #3

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Health Department announced today, Feb. 25, that Teton County, WY has moved into the Yellow (Low) Risk Level. Governor Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Department of Health also announced the removal of statewide health order #3.

According to the Teton County Health Department, the decrease from the Orange (Moderate) Risk Level has resulted from continued improvements in some of the local COVID-19 metrics. The Health Department continues to evaluate metrics weekly and adjust the risk level accordingly.

Beginning March 1, Health Order No. 3, which addresses operations of barbershops, nail and hair salons, tattoo parlors and other personal care services is being eliminated completely. Attendance limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings will increase once again, and protocols for restaurant and theater operations will be adjusted.

Indoor gatherings that incorporate social distancing and face coverings are permitted for up to 25 percent of capacity or 1,000 persons, and outdoor gatherings of up to 2,000 persons. In addition, sporting events and artistic performances will see participation limits eased.

“The efforts made so far have allowed us to maximize attendance safely at larger events like the state high school wrestling championships this weekend and the state high school basketball tournament that was canceled last year,” the Governor said. “If we continue on our current trajectory, I expect us to be able to continue to remove orders as we safely return to a new normal,” said Gordon.

As of February 25, more than 16% of the state’s population has received at least one vaccine dose – one of the highest rates in the country. All Wyoming counties are now in phase 1b of the phased distribution plan, which includes adults 65 and over, frontline essential workers, and individuals with medical conditions that put them at higher risk.

The changes are in effect from March 1-15.

According to the Teton County Department of Health, between February 11, 2021 and February 24, 2021 Teton County detected 88 new cases. This is a 53% decrease from the previous two weeks, during which time 189 cases were detected. With this lower caseload, Teton County Health Department’s contact tracing team continues to be able to connect with each new case and their contacts in a timely manner.

When asked about the improvements, Teton County Health Department Epidemiologist, Shane Yu, MPH, said, “It has been great to see that the community’s efforts have been working and that the COVID situation in Teton County continues to improve. Our community deserves to feel proud of our progress. However, I urge everyone to stay the course and continue taking precautions. I know it’s difficult after such a long time living with this pandemic, but we need to keep working to protect ourselves and our neighbors. We’ve seen in the past how quickly this progress can disappear if we’re not careful.”

Recommendations that come with the Yellow (Low) Risk Level include, keeping social gatherings small, avoiding crowded indoor spaces, limiting contact with high-risk individuals, and following precautions such as six-foot distancing and wearing a mask.

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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.

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