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 last week. A second weekly update on the community's response to the virus is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, when it can be streamed from the town's website.

Health officials and representatives from local government will hold a second weekly community update Friday at 3 p.m., giving the public a chance to tune in and learn the latest coronavirus-related information directly from agencies handling the crisis.

“This update,” a news release states, “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.”

Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell, Teton County Director of Health Jodie Pond, St. John’s Health CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre, Teton County Emergency Management Coordinator Rich Ochs, Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon and Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chair Natalia Macker will present.

The meeting will take place at Town Hall, which officials have closed to the public to maintain social distancing. They encourage anyone interested to watch the livestreamed video at It will be archived on the website for those who can’t watch live.

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

Town public information officer Carl Pelletier said officials hope to hold these events regularly throughout the pandemic, and to accept questions from the public in real time at future ones.

”This community update is an evolving process,” he said.

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Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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