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St. John’s Health Foundation recently expanded the scope of its COVID-19 Response Fund to include capital purchases in addition to providing relief to employees of Jackson Hole’s hospital who are experiencing financial stress as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

An investigation into the second confirmed positive case of coronavirus in Teton County has led public health officials to conclude it is not evidence of community spread.

So far, two people have tested positive in Teton County: a man in his 60s and a health care worker. The second case, the health care worker, could have been evidence of community spread, but the Wyoming Department of Health determined domestic travel is likely the cause.

That led officials to the conclusion that it does not reveal community spread, which is when people become sick without knowing how they were infected. That can happen when people unknowingly come into contact with those who have contracted the coronavirus.

The health care provider, who works at St. John's Health, started to have symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, about a week ago and began self-isolating then, according to a press release from the hospital. Anyone who shows symptoms or thinks they have had contact with an infected person is asked to do the same and call their health care provider for assistance.

As the potential for more cases hangs over Teton County and the region, health care officials are asking people to follow self-isolation instructions so nurses and doctors don't contract the coronavirus.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of everyone in the community doing their part to ensure that the health infrastructure maintains the ability to take care of sick people and provide other vital services, such as delivering babies and providing care for people with stroke, heart attack, etc," St. John's CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre said in a statement.

If you have any symptoms of the coronavirus, such as a cough or fever, you're asked to call 739-4858. Extension 3 will reach the hospital's COVID-19 hotline, and if you are also experiencing shortness of breath, you can dial extension 1 at that number to reach the emergency department.

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Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

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.

(2) comments

TERRENCE MILAN

I just read an article stating people are fleeing the most affected areas and heading to their second homes. Has Jackson Hole Airport started screening in bound travelers for sickness?

Susan Crosser

Having returned from California to my one and only home here in Jackson Hole, I can tell you that as of Friday, March 20, no screening for Covid-19 was being done in LAX, SLC or JAC. I will also say how distressing it was to listen to people sniffling and coughing around me on the planes. I've signed up for the TC EMER MGMT texts, and keep watching for a third case of Covid-19. So far it seems as though passengers Friday were simply suffering from normal colds and flu. Fingers crossed

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