Washing your hands can help prevent COVID-19 illness

Health officials are asking the public to step up COVID-19 precautions to protect the community’s most vulnerable people and keep businesses open after seeing cases rise rapidly recently. 

Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell issued a new list of actions the community can take, including limiting exposure outside of households, working remotely if possible, limiting travel, and following strict physical distancing and hygiene standards.

  1. Limit exposure to others outside of your household. Reduce exposure to others as much as possible while at school and work.
  2. Work from home if possible.
  3. Limit travel as much as possible. If you must travel, limit contact with others in public spaces.
  4. Follow strict physical distancing measures:
    a. Always maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals when in public.
    b. Wear a face covering in public.
    c. Refrain from shaking hands with other individuals.
    d. Do not visit friends or family without urgent need.
    e. Do not attend non-essential gatherings.
  5. Follow strict hygiene standards including:
    a. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible.
    b. Use hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) when soap and water are not available.
    c. Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, etc.)
    d. Stay home when sick, even with mild symptoms.
  6. No non-essential visits to the hospital, nursing homes and other residential care facilities.
  7. Do not arrange or participate in in-person playdates or similar activities.
  8. Reduce your trips to the grocery store, post office or other errands.
  9. Do not dine out except for carryout or delivery.

Further information on current Teton County health orders and recommendations is available on Teton County's website.

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or rebecca@jhnewsandguide.com.

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