Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Teton County had its highest single-day total of new coronavirus cases in nearly two months on Wednesday, with 13 new cases reported.

According to the dashboard, the county’s single-day record for new cases is 17, recorded on both July 24 and July 27. Since then the county had seen new daily cases in the single digits — until Wednesday.

Increased numbers of cases in recent days track with higher numbers being seen on the state level as well (see story on page 9).

Recently, reporting sources such as the Teton County Health Department and the statewide department have recorded different figures. Teton County Health Department epidemiologist Shane Yiu said the discrepancies could be attributed to how cases are reported.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports lab-confirmed cases immediately; the local department does so when it receives notice of the case, which is usually simultaneous but may occur at slightly different times.

However, “the totals should eventually come out the same,” he said.

As of Friday afternoon, Teton County had 43 active cases of COVID-19. The number has slowly risen since Sept. 10, when it was at 21.

Along with those 43 active cases, 158 people in Teton County were in quarantine because they had been identified as having had close contact with an infectious person.

In coming days, that number could drop, because of the state’s new guidance for COVID-19 cases in schools, which say students and teachers under quarantine orders for exposure in school could have those orders lifted if they and the infectious person were both wearing masks at the time of contact.

County and statewide increases come as Gov. Mark Gordon said he expected public health orders to be extended but loosened (see story on page 1 for more information).

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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.

(2) comments

Roy Garton

[unsure] Having lived in Teton County for almost 34 years of my life, I have to say Jackson is at least attempting to do more than where I live now in TN and formerly Florida. These two states are spiking and deaths are growing. Why? Because the two Governors of these sates are blinded and are putting profits and the almighty dollar above people's welfare. This is a a serious disease where we have seen ALL ages dying from children to seniors. I refuse to hear "fake news", "It just effects old people", and "we can't live in caves" Critical thinking skills people. We all have to adjust and that includes wearing masks. I don't want to hear "My constitutional rights" anymore.If you want to get sick go ahead, if you want your child to get sick then don't come crying to me when he or she has to go to the hospital. My wife and I wear masks everywhere we go and people who don't wear them we avoid. Simple as that.You do business with us, you mask up.

Tim Rieser

Could be worse than that as people motor away and aren’t a Jackson statistic, per se.

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