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With COVID-19 infections remaining high, Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell has extended Recommendation No. 11, urging the public to gather only with people who live in the same house. 

Individuals should still go to work and school but should not gather outside of their households for other activities, a Teton County Health Department news release said Wednesday. 

The "Gather in Household Groups Only" recommendation is in effect through at least Feb. 14. 

"Recommendations from the Teton District Health Officer are issued solely as guidance to best protect the community," the news release said. "Dr. Riddell and the Teton County Health Department are asking for everyone’s participation in improving our COVID-19 situation in Teton County by following this recommendation."

In the past two weeks there have been more than 470 new cases, the release said. The number of patients with COVID-19 in the hospital remains elevated. More than 9% of tests taken in the past two weeks were positive. Those metrics put Teton County in the critical, or purple, risk level. 

Likewise, The New York Times, which maintains a COVID-19 tracking database for counties nationwide, currently warns: "Teton County is at an extremely high risk level."

"The test positivity rate in Teton County is very high, suggesting that cases are being significantly undercounted," The New York Times tracking site states. 

Find tips on how to protect yourself in this News&Guide COVID-19 Q&A and on the New York Times tracking website

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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