Jackson Hole News&Guide - Healthwise

Healthcare in Jackson Hole + coronavirus response

The variant is officially here. We knew that already, but health officials said the second official case has been identified. Since the U.S. and Wyoming don't test the DNA of every COVID-19 case, the variant is likely spreading more widely in the community.

With cases at all-time highs, the Health Department added a purple, critical risk level to its danger scale. The hope is that the change convinces people that the pandemic's new heights are cause for concern ... and a change in behavior.

For a look back at our stories from this week's News&Guide, two threads emerge: Legacy Lodge's closing throws a wrench into many families' lives, forcing them to consider sending their loved ones to a regional facility and taking away their ability to pop by for a quick visit. And, of course, vaccines are the biggest news on the planet, and Jackson Hole's ski patrol community, folks who are not always lumped in with other first responders, are now inoculated. — Tom

Second case of variant strain found

Jackson Hole health officials have documented a second case of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom. Read more

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Health Department adds critical risk level to scale to demonstrate new heights of pandemic

Teton County’s risk level from the coronavirus pandemic has reached “critical.” Read more

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Town, county: Gather only with your household to combat COVID-19 variant

Town, county and health officials are once again aligned in recommending that people only gather with members of their own households, this time to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases and the detection of a fast-spreading variant. Read more

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Legacy Lodge families face tough choices, tight timeline

Before COVID-19 struck, Adam and Emily Janak used to take their daughter, Cece, to visit her grandfather Jim Janak, at Legacy Lodge. As fast as a grandfather and toddler could, they tore up the halls while Cece learned to walk. Read more

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Health officials not 'holding the vaccine back'

One thing is certain about the vaccine rollout — everyone wishes it were faster. Read more

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Vaccinated: Jackson Hole's ski patrol, Search and Rescue

Amid the hustle and bustle of a Tuesday morning vaccination clinic in late December, Tom Ferris, a 25-year veteran of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s ski patrol, became one of the first few thousand people in Teton County to get a vaccine against COVID-19. Read more

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5th COVID-19 death tied to Teton County; U.S. surpasses 400,000 deaths

A fifth Teton County resident has died because of the coronavirus. Read more

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Active cases surpass 300

For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began, Teton County has more than 300 active cases of COVID-19. Read more

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