After over a month in the red, high-risk level for COVID-19 due to case counts and the positivity rate in Teton County, the virus appears to be on the decline.

There is still a weekly average of 210 new cases per 100,000 residents, above the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standard for the orange, moderate-risk level, according to Teton County Health Department data.

But between Sept. 20 and Oct. 4, the county saw only 138 new cases, a 45.9% decrease from the previous two week period.

Tourism has declined in recent weeks, and businesses are working to enforce Public Health Order No. 21-5, which requires universal masking indoors regardless of vaccination status. Teton County is also now 75% vaccinated, with hundreds of residents starting to receive Pfizer booster doses.

The Health Department report showed that kids 5 to 18 accounted for roughly 20% of all cases in the past two weeks, despite a mask mandate enforced throughout the school district. Six elementary-level classrooms have quarantined since the start of the school year.

As of Tuesday, there were 39 known active cases in Teton County.

Improved testing may also be helping curb the spread of the virus. In the past two weeks, only 3.14% of COVID-19 tests were positive, a level considered low risk by the CDC.

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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