Two patients being treated for COVID-19 at St. John’s Health died Wednesday. Both were Wyoming residents from outside Teton County, said Karen Connelly, chief communications officer for the hospital.
Hospital staff are responding to a surge in cases, due in part to the delta variant of the coronavirus spreading as visitation to the region peaks. It’s not yet clear whether the two who died had the variant.
A third patient with coronavirus was transferred Wednesday to a hospital in Idaho.
St. John’s Primary Care Unit is treating six COVID-19 patients. None of them are requiring intubation, Connelly said.
The state Health Department confirmed the first case of the delta variant in Teton County this week. Public health officials began meeting again this week as a COVID-19 response team, and Teton County Director of Health Jodie Pond said the county will likely step back into the orange risk level next week.
Pond predicted more cases and encouraged everyone to get the vaccine. The county Health Department will host a vaccination clinic Friday, and the vaccine bus is still meeting residents around town. Sign up online or go to the Health Department, Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell said.
“It’s the hospitalizations and deaths that we’re trying to avoid, and the vaccine protects against that,” he said.