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COVID-19 metrics show Jackson Hole swinging in the wrong direction.

Teton County saw the state’s largest, single-day increase in new lab-confirmed cases, with 86 reported Friday by the Wyoming Department of Health.

At the same time, Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell said COVID-19 levels in wastewater, the community’s positivity rate and other data were concerning.

“Really, everything unfortunately is pointing in the wrong direction,” he said during Friday’s community update, livestreamed from Town Hall.

That data covered 251 new cases reported over the two weeks from Christmas to Thursday, but not Friday’s spike.

Teton County’s seven-day rolling average for new cases was up to 25.6 as of Thursday, compared with the last low of 10.3 on Dec. 31, Riddell said.

Multiple factors could be at play, Riddell said, including socializing over winter break, holiday gatherings, and increased travel by residents and visitors.

One positive note: Teton County Director of Public Health Jodie Pond said people 80 and older won’t have to sign up for vaccinations online at 8 a.m. Monday. Places in line will be set by age, with the oldest first.

“Please don’t crash our county website on Monday morning,” she said. “It’s not first-come, first-served.”

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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