START windows

Masked riders board a START bus at Teton Village. START says it has determined the optimal configuration of open and closed windows to maximize airflow through its buses as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

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The Teton County Health Department announced Monday that a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 rode multiple START buses during their infectious period on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, according to a press release from the Town of Jackson.

The person is at least the fifth such person the health department in recent weeks has determined rode on START buses when they were contagious but prior to testing positive for the coronavirus. Four others who rode various START buses during their infectious periods were discovered by the health department in December.

The routes the person rode were:

  • Jan. 2: Miller Park to Teton Village (8:30 - 9 a.m.)
  • Jan. 2: Teton Village to Miller Park (7 - 7:30 p.m.)
  • Jan. 3: Miller Park to Teton Village (8:30 - 9 a.m.)
  • Jan. 3: Teton Village to Miller Park (7 - 7:30 p.m.)

The health department asks anyone who rode on any of those buses for 15 minutes or more to monitor their health and watch for symptoms — including cough, cold-like symptoms, sore throat, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, headache, and loss of taste or smell — for the next 14 days. Those who may have been exposed should also take their temperature regularly, according to the release.

Anyone experiencing such symptoms should be tested immediately, the release states, and should contact their healthcare provider or St. John's Medical Center at 307-739-4898.

The report comes amid yet another spike in new cases in the county. On Friday, 86 new lab-confirmed cases were disclosed, topped by 96 reported Monday.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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