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.

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.

(9) comments

Ken Chison

Listen to these comments. Get the flaming torches, the pitchforks and the rope. We will all meet at the town square and find this guy. Im sure he didnt deliberately go get infected to wipe out JH. The fact is, alot of us are going to get it. Turning on those that do is not going to help the situation. Practice safe guidelines, keep your immune systems up and we will all live to see another crowded tourist season next year.

Eattha Richy

The mortality rate is pretty high, I doubt we’ll all live — Darwinism is at play here

Gigi Halloran

So he was tested Saturday, but the result wasn't known until Wednesday? That seems unacceptably long. Also I am hoping that some official (Paul Beaupre or Travis Riddell) can give us an update each day? Not knowing what is happening with this virus creates panic and anxiety.

Tom Henry

And his name is ?????? Unfortunately privacy is out the window. People who have possibly been in close proximity to this man should know his name.


HIPPA is still in effect. The patient can let you know.

JOhn Smothers

Hopefully he/she stays home and doesn't spread it around.!!!!

JOhn Smothers

stay home and dont spread it. Hopefully whomever it is tells his/her doctor where they've been in town and can get that place disinfected asap.

frank chapman

Residents need to know if this is travel related or community spread. Failing to identify by the health department is not acceptable nor safe to our county.

Eattha Richy

I think this is what herd immunization looks like

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