Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus statistics for the state and for Teton County continued their downward trend over the past few days.

The county’s seven-day rolling average of new daily cases per 100,000 people was 45.7 on Tuesday; by Thursday afternoon the number was 31.1. Since the calendar rolled over to August, new cases have been in steep decline, with numbers in the single digits most days.

The Harvard Global Health Initiative has said that a rate higher than 25 new daily cases per 100,000 people is cause for concern and should trigger business closures. Public health officials hope mask-wearing and repeated messaging about social distancing will help decrease the rate without them having to impose such restrictions.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 remain low in Teton County, with one lab-confirmed case and one suspected patient at St. John’s Health. One cause for concern is the low number of beds available at the hospital. According to the Teton County statistical dashboard, just a third of St. John’s intensive care unit beds are available. While most of the ICU patients don’t have the coronavirus, the bed shortage would make a surge in COVID-19 cases difficult to handle.

More about the latest local trends will be presented at 3 p.m. Friday during the COVID-19 community update, streamed live at the town of Jackson’s website, JacksonWY.gov. After it is posted on the town’s homepage, it can be found there under “Watch a Meeting.”

Local experts will discuss the current coronavirus situation, mitigation measures, available resources and other actions being taken. This week’s update will include representatives from St. John’s Health, the Teton County Health Department, the Jackson Town Council, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.

The update also will be aired live on radio stations KJAX, 93.5 FM; KHOL, 89.1 FM; and KMTN, 96.9 FM.

— Rebecca Huntington

contributed to this report.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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