Officials have compiled all local information about COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, as well as resources for dealing with the effects of the outbreak, on the website JHCovid.com.
The site gives recommendations for staying healthy and handling stress, guidelines for anyone who feels ill, and ideas for how to pass the outbreak at home. In light of the emergency closures of many Teton County businesses Wednesday, it also points to resources for individuals in need of food or money and for businesses in need of financial support, and it provides a list of organizations that have closed or changed their schedules.
JHCovid.com went live Thursday, not long after health officials announced Teton County’s first case of the virus, in a male resident over the age of 60.
“The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has come to visit,” the home page states. “But it has no idea how good our community is at working together for the best possible tomorrow.”
The site was created by Teton County Emergency Management, the Teton County Health Department, St. John’s Health and the town of Jackson. It is designed as “a single location for finding high-level information and links to partner sites with specialties in various areas,” according to a press release.
For more detailed information on food and financial assistance, hospital protocol, maintaining mental health and home activities, JHCovid.com directs visitors to the appropriate sites, serving as a central hub for a wide range of virus-related questions.
“Our community is filled with so many amazing organizations, businesses and resources,” said Susan Scarlata, the town’s community engagement specialist, “and this website is one avenue for cutting down on information overload in an effort to help the community find the resources they need during these unprecedented times.”
The agencies listed above will also hold a meeting at 3 p.m. Friday with a similar goal of updating Teton County residents on the latest virus developments. They encourage members of the public to stream the meeting, available on JacksonWY.gov, rather than attend in person.
“We just thought it would be a one-stop-shop for the community to hear from all the agency heads about [COVID-19], and give a source of good information,” said Tyler Sinclair, the town’s community development director.
Carl Pelletier, Jackson’s public information officer, said the town will also post updates on boards at Smith’s, Albertsons and Jackson Whole Grocer, as well as at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole.