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Teton County has hit an inauspicious milestone for the first time in a while. Local active cases climbed above 100 over the weekend, with 40 new cases bringing the total to 107.

The Wyoming Department of Health reported the weekend increase Monday, although cases in Teton County and the state as a whole remain far below the worst of the fall spike. In the past 10 days the decline in local cases reversed itself, starting a slow climb.

The small spike comes as restrictions across the state are being eased, though local officials have kept the county mask mandate in place at least through April 16. Around the state, however, restrictions on businesses have been lifted for the most part, and the broader mask order instated by Gov. Mark Gordon has also been eliminated.

The Teton County Health Department raised the community risk level from the virus from yellow (low) to orange (moderate) last week in response to the rising cases, a move that could have consequences for large events like the Jackson Hole Hill Climb at Snow King Mountain, which is slated to run from March 25 to 28.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

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.

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