Testing confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Teton County late Wednesday night.
The patient is a male “over the age of 60” who lives in Teton County. His travel history and any underlying medical conditions were unknown at press time.
The patient is currently at home and being monitored by health officials.
The man contacted his provider due to flu-like symptoms and was evaluated via a telehealth visit before being tested at his home, health officials said. He self-isolated after he became ill and continues to do so.
“Though this is our first case, we do not expect it will be our last,” said Dr. Travis Riddell, Teton District Health Officer, in a press release. “I encourage community members to stay vigilant with protective measures as we work together to minimize the spread of this illness in Teton County and the region.”
The Wyoming Department of Health will reach out to the individual to track down people with whom he has been in recent close contact.
“We are hopeful this individual will make a fast and full recovery, and our first priorities will be to ensure he receives the care he needs, to monitor his close contacts for symptoms, and to work closely with him to identify and evaluate other individuals who may have had exposure,” said Jodie Pond, director of the Teton County Health Department.
Teton County now joins Sheridan, Fremont, Laramie and Park counties as those in Wyoming with confirmed cases.
Just because there aren’t more confirmed cases doesn’t necessarily mean the virus isn’t in a location — it just means people haven’t been tested yet.
There is still only 1 confirmed case over the pass in Teton County, Idaho.