COVID-19 update

From left, Jackson Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter, Jackson Vice Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson, Mayor Pete Muldoon and Councilor Jim Stanford listen in March as Jodie Pond, the director of Teton County Health Department, provides an update about COVID-19. Pond said increased testing capacity is crucial for reopening businesses.

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The Teton County Health Department announced Wednesday morning that it would allow the countywide order limiting gatherings to the members of a household to expire. The order ends at midnight Thursday.

That will bring the county in line with the order from state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist that limits gatherings to less than 10 people. Harrist and Gov. Mark Gordon are loosening some restrictions but are keeping the nine-person limit in place until at least May 15.

The announcement may not be the last in coming days from the Teton County Health Department. Counties are able to ask the state for variances from any loosened restrictions, so the county could again change public health orders in the near future.

"Additional recommendations regarding gatherings will be issued by the Teton County Health Department for the continued protection and safety of the community," the department said in a press release.

This article has been updated to show that the limit on gatherings is nine people. — Ed.

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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.

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