Tourist, go home! You’re enabling the virus to grow at the expense of local workers.
Hotels should not accept reservations from California, Texas, Florida, New York, Georgia, Washington state and any other location where the virus is bad.
Where are you going?
At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, on West Gros Ventre Butte, watching the crazy amount of traffic on Highway 22 coming from Wilson or Victor, Idaho. Is there some event that people are attending despite the COVID-19 issue? People, stay home, wear your masks, keep 6 feet away!
We’re not mushrooms
Our community leaders are treating us like mushrooms regarding the coronavirus situation. They are keeping us in the dark and covering us with manure.
At the community update session last Friday the B.S. was flowing freely. Both Dr. Beaupre and the Chamber of Commerce assured us that visitors were not the cause of the spread of infections. Instead they blamed us.
This is nonsense.
The county had a surge in infections back in March and early April following the ski season. Once the resorts closed, new daily cases dropped to zero in May. Then, following the opening of the parks and growing tourist arrivals in late May and early June, cases started accelerating again.
Yes, there is community spread and we should all take precautions. But there is a steady flow of new infections coming into the county every week — look at all the Florida, Texas and California license plates. And it is epidemiology 101 to understand that it will be much tougher for us to “flatten the curve” if new infections keep coming in.
This is not to “blame” visitors or the tourist industry. But it is to face the facts and be transparent about the consequences. Don’t blame the behavior of local residents when elected officials were not prepared for an active tourist season.
Local officials also need to recognize the pattern because it’s going to keep happening. Hopefully, cases will subside by October as tourist arrivals decline. How do we prevent them from bouncing back up again in December when ski season starts? We will need to be better prepared than we were in May and June. And, since widespread vaccination is unlikely anytime soon, we will need to stay prepared next spring and probably beyond.
I travel to Jackson Hole each week. Each week things get worse. County health officials are glossing over the real problem. You can say “wear a mask and social distance,” but unless and until you actually do something, nothing will change. On any given day, at any point in the day walk the Jackson streets and what do you see?
No masks, nearly zero! No social distancing and no attempt at either. Are the lodging industry, restaurants, bars asking patrons to use masks? Is anyone beyond a health official doing anything beyond saying we need to wear a mask or social distance?
To Jodie Pond, when I lived in Wyoming people respected officials because it was backed up by enforcement and education. Ask hotels to tell their guests it’s required. Have masks available and make it clear we can’t win this by just talking!
Fair Board wins week
We’re so grateful to the Teton County Fair Board for allowing 4-H members to complete their projects and have a 2020 county fair. We appreciate all your efforts to organize, reorganize and hours spent this year to make this happen. We know many life lessons were learned by the kids that they will definitely benefit from.
This never could have happened without 4-H educator Glenn Owings, Valerie Adams, all the 4-H club leaders, show volunteers and parents who jumped in and helped throughout the week. Without all of the behind-the-scenes help, our shows would not have run as smoothly as it did.
And, finally, we’re grateful for the buyers and bidders who attended the auction on Friday evening. We are truly humbled by the generosity and outpouring of support from the community for our 4-H kids.
Carlton, Cathy, Garrett
and Casey Loewer