Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a VERO E6 cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (orange), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Wyoming saw its highest single-day increase in lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with 36 new ones being reported.

Of those, Teton County had three.

Teton County also reported two new probable cases, bringing its total case count to 118 since the coronavirus was first detected in Jackson Hole.

As of Thursday, the statewide total for lab-confirmed and probable cases stood at 1,326, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Teton County officials have been holding COVID-19 community updates every other week. The next one is slated for 3 p.m. Friday.

This week, the update will feature representatives from St. John’s Health, the Teton County Health Department, Jackson Town Council, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.

In order to allow for physical distancing, the meeting will not be open for in-person attendance, officials said in a press release. But the public can watch the meeting online on the town’s website, JacksonWY.gov. Look for the “Watch a Meeting” icon.

Experts from the area will discuss the current state of the coronavirus pandemic, the status of mitigation measures, and recent resources and best practices for reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

For those unable to watch live, the update also will be broadcast on local radio stations KJAX (93.5 FM), KHOL (89.1 FM) and KMTN (96.9 FM).

The updates are archived online at JHCOVID.com and the town website.

While new infections were counted, so were recent recoveries. On Thursday, recovered cases reached 996, a gain of 30 from Wednesday, the state health department reported. Of the recoveries, 781 were among confirmed cases and 215 were among probable cases.

A probable case is defined as one in which the patient shows symptoms of COVID-19 and has been in contact with someone with a confirmed case, but has not been tested.

Health department statistics indicate 312 active infections statewide, with 253 confirmed and 59 probable.

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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