START bus reductions

Vikki Howell sanitizes a START bus in March at the START bus barn. The Teton County Health Department has identified at least the eighth person to ride a START bus since early December during their infectious period.

The Teton County Health Department has identified yet another START Bus rider who rode multiple buses during their infectious period prior to testing positive for COVID-19.

The health department alerts the public to such exposures so that fellow bus riders can see affected routes and monitor themselves for symptoms.

The person, who rode two START buses from Teton Village and the stop at the former KMart, is at least the eighth START passenger whom the health department has determined rode buses while contagious. The first four were discovered in December, while the rest have ridden START buses since the turn of the new year.

The routes the person rode were:

  • Teton Village to KMart, 3 p.m.
  • KMart to Blair stop, immediately following the above-mentioned route

The health department asks anyone who rode any of those buses for 15 minutes or more to monitor their health for symptoms including: cough, cold-like symptoms, sore throat, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, headache, and loss of taste or smell. Individuals should track their symptoms for the next 14 days. Those who may have been exposed should also take their temperatures regularly, according to the release.

Anyone experiencing such symptoms should be tested immediately, contact a healthcare provider or St. John's Medical Center at 307-739-4898.

On Friday, Teton County reported 53 new lab-confirmed positive cases and currently has 237 active infections, both lab-confirmed and probable, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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