COVID-19 testing

Construction and maintenance crews at St. John’s Health erect a mobile medical tent March 17 in the hospital’s parking lot for examining and collecting samples from suspected COVID-19 patients. The tent remains in place at St. John's for coronavirus testing.

Representatives from the Teton County Health Department, St. John’s Health, the Jackson Town Council, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Teton County School District and the county Board of Commissioners will hold a COVID-19 community update on Friday afternoon.

The regularly held updates “enable our community to hear from local experts about the current situation, mitigation measures in place, resources currently available, and actions that we as individuals can take to help keep ourselves, our loved ones and this entire valley safe and healthy,” according to a press release by Town of Jackson Public Information Officer Carl Pelletier.

The meeting will be held at Jackson Town Hall at 3 p.m., but will not be open to the public due to social distancing guidelines during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Community members are encouraged to watch the forum online, however, at JacksonWy.gov. Once on the Town of Jackson website, click on the ”Watch a Meeting” tab to find the meeting’s livestream. The forum will also be aired live on the following radio stations: KJAX 93.5 FM, KHOL 89.1 FM and KMTN 96.9 FM.

According to the Teton County Emergency Management COVID Response Overview dashboard, there were 114 people under quarantine as of Thursday afternoon, with 31 active COVID-19 cases at that same time.

The overwhelming number of total cases Teton County is currently or has experienced are and were in people aged 39 years old or younger, according to the dashboard. Meanwhile, 54 percent of the beds at St. John’s Hospital remain available.

Statewide, there have been 2,940 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases, resulting in 34 coronavirus-related deaths, according to Teton County Emergency Management.

“In Jackson, we know we are stronger together, and with our entire community practicing physical distancing, we can protect the most vulnerable among us and reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Pelletier said in the release. “As individuals, we can check in on our neighbors. Our community is working together for the best possible tomorrow.”

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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