A COVID-free Jackson Hole didn’t last very long.
A new case of the disease caused by the new coronavirus was reported Wednesday after several weeks with no new cases and days after Teton County’s active case count dropped to zero.
Though Jackson Hole had been enjoying a relative dearth of cases, the same can’t be said for the rest of Wyoming. According to the state Department of Health, Monday had the second-highest single-day count of new cases since the pandemic started.
For people who want the latest information on the local response and efforts to reopen the area’s economy, the town of Jackson and Teton County will host a community update at 3 p.m. Friday.
Representatives from St. John’s Health, the Teton County Health Department, Jackson Town Council, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners will present.
Around the country, reopening has led to spikes in cases in some places. Florida has reported large numbers of new cases as it lifted restrictions.
On the other hand, Georgia, one of the first states to reopen, hasn’t seen a huge spike, though some public health officials have questioned whether the state’s data can be trusted because it counts antibody and active virus tests together.
Wyoming has taken a slow approach to reopening so far, and the Health Department has said all the metrics it is watching to dictate reopening are either stable or improving.
Wyoming now has 793 lab-confirmed cases and 216 probable cases. Of these, a total of 814 have recovered.
Yellowstone National Park reported Thursday that it performed a second round of testing employees who interact with the public. In the first round, it tested 43 employees, all of whom were negative. The second round tested 179 employees with no positive results.
Yellowstone will continue testing employees in conjunction with Wyoming and Montana, the park said in a release.
To watch the Teton County community update, go to JacksonWy.gov and click the “watch a meeting” tab. It also will be aired at 89.1, 93.5 and 96.9 FM, and will be archived at JHCovid.com and the on town’s website.