COVID-19 update

From left, Jackson Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter, Jackson Vice Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson, Mayor Pete Muldoon and Councilor Jim Stanford listen as Jodie Pond, the director of Teton County health department, provides an update about COVID-19. An update on the community's response to the virus will be held at 3 p.m. today, when it can be streamed from the town's website.

Health officials and emergency responders are planning to update the community about the local response to COVID-19 at 3 p.m. today.

"It's going to be relatively loose," Jackson's municipal Community Engagement Specialist Susan Scarlata said. She is leading the external affairs portion of the town's emergency services department for the time being.

Many administrative decisions — closing bars and restaurants, limiting gatherings to 50 people or less, and cancelling large events — have been made. This afternoon's meeting, which can be watched online (the preference, in order to maximize social distancing), will be more of an update.

Director of Health Jodie Pond is set to talk about the first reported case of COVID-19 in Teton County. Scarlata said privacy concerns mean little is likely to be released beyond what is already public.

Otherwise, a representative from St. John's Health is planning to speak about its evaluation tent and choice to opt out of elective procedures. Emergency Management Coordinator Rich Ochs is also set to highlight the local coronavirus website,

Mayor Pete Muldoon and Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chair Natalia D. Macker will also attend.

"This update will 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," the town's press release said.

The meeting can be streamed at this link. It is set to start at 3 p.m.

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Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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