Community Update

Officials' regular COVID-19 community update is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. Town Hall will be closed to the public, but the meeting can be streamed live on the Town of Jackson's website, JacksonWY.gov. It will also be broadcast live on three local radio stations: KJAX (93.5 FM), KHOL (89.1 FM) and KMTN (96.9 FM).

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.

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.

(4) comments

Susan Crosser

Sorry, last sentence was constructed backwards. To take stories from AP sources about other states is far less important to THIS COMMUNITY than to provide information that is relevant to THIS COMMUNITY.

Susan Crosser

Interesting that Dr. Beaupre chose to ignore the case in his 6/12 letter if the case was known on 6/10. Makes you wonder if any of his comments are actually "up-to-date". The lack of facts in this article makes it rather pointless: local or tourist, hospitalized or sent back to ? to quarantine, probable source of contagion, consistently wore face cover or not? Why so little detail ? Not asking to violate HIPAA, but truly, the lack of information that could be of use is ludicrous. Dr. Beaupre said there isn't anyone in the hospital in his letter, and hotels are NOT appropriate locations for contagious people to quarantine. If a tourist and NOT hospitalized, what is being done about where they are staying? Is anyone at?all concerned about that? Did they maybe opt to drive on home? To pull from AP sources about other states rather than try to provide useful information for this community should be your purpose !

Linda Rutford

Not at all surprising!! Everything opened up too soon and not to mention all of the tourists who keep arriving, and don’t bother with masks or staying 6 feet apart!

Mark Witherman

7000 people a year die in Wyoming naturally. The death rate is the same as the flu. Can we stop trying to scare people?

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