Test results came back positive Thursday for 20 more people in Teton County who were confirmed to have COVID-19. That's the most new cases the valley has seen in one day.
With Thursday's count included, the total number of active cases in Jackson Hole has more than tripled in the last eight days. The number of people currently infected with the coronavirus has increased from 20 active cases July 16 to a new high of 72 active cases Thursday.
Also as of Friday morning, 182 people were under quarantine orders. Two people are hospitalized in the primary care unit at St. John's Health due to COVID-19, according to the Teton County COVID-9 dashboard.
Community update on COVID-19 at 3 p.m.
As the number of people with the virus swells, Jackson Hole's elected officials and public health experts are preparing to address the community at 3 p.m. today. Teton County officials have been holding COVID-19 community updates every other Friday.
The update will feature representatives from St. John’s Health, the Teton County Health Department, the Jackson Town Council, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.
"This update will enable our community to hear from local experts about the current situation, mitigation measures in place, resources currently available, and actions that we as individuals can take to help keep ourselves, our loved ones and this entire valley safe and healthy," officials stated in the meeting notice.
To allow for physical distancing, the meeting will not be open for in-person attendance, officials said in a press release. But the public can watch the meeting online on the town’s website, JacksonWY.gov.
For those unable to watch live, the update will be broadcast on radio stations KJAX (93.5 FM), KHOL (89.1 FM) and KMTN (96.9 FM).
A total of 245 people in Teton County have contracted the virus since the first confirmed case in March, and 181 have recovered. One Teton County man has died due to COVID-19.
With some of the recent cases hitting frontline service workers, several Teton County businesses have closed or altered services. A running list of those businesses can be found on the Jackson Hole News&Guide's website.