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Teton County is still at the highest level of risk, according to the Teton County Health Department, with 119 new cases of COVID-19 in the two-week period that ended Tuesday. 

Public health coordinator Rachael Wheeler said she couldn't think of any glaring differences from the week before, when new cases hit some of the highest levels since the start of the pandemic. Health Department contact tracers are seeing cases in which people are contracting it from friends and family who they might feel more comfortable socializing with in close quarters or without masks.

The dashboard shows that roughly 33% of all cases are attributable to community spread, which means they have no discernible origin. That means 2 out of every 3 cases COVID-19 patients can trace back and find who they got the virus from. In those cases, it is likely someone they spent a decent bit of time with, like a family member or friend.

Teton County's new daily cases per 100,000 has held steady around 30 so far this week, and as of Wednesday afternoon, the county had 61 active cases of COVID-19, with 177 people under quarantine orders.

One metric of concern for Teton County is the rolling positivity rate. In the two weeks prior to Oct. 5, nearly 7% of all coronavirus tests came back positive. The World Health Organization says communities should keep their positivity rates under 5% to adequately contain the spread of the virus.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

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.

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