START Bus Barn

In a rare move, the Teton County Health Department has issued a blanket request for some START bus riders to monitor themselves for COVID-19.

The Health Department has determined that two people who were potentially infectious with COVID-19 rode the START bus from town to Teton Village several times. (See affected routes and times below.) Anyone who spent more than 15 minutes on the bus on any of the affected routes is asked to monitor themselves for 14 days following their last exposure.

Signs of COVID-19 can include a loss of smell or taste, fever, cough, aches and other cold-like symptoms. If you develop any of these, call your health care provider or the St. John’s COVID-19 hotline at 739-4898.

In the meantime, individuals are encouraged to order a Vault saliva test, which are free for Wyoming residents at VaultHealth.com. If possible, test on the seventh day following exposure.

The Health Department has put out this request because it was unable to contact trace and determine exactly who was on the bus and exposed. Its ability to do full contact tracing investigations has been compromised since cases climbed to record levels this fall.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Dec. 16, Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Affected routes: 

Dec. 7: Miller Park to Teton Village at 8 a.m. Teton Village Express

Dec. 7: Teton Village to Miller Park at 4 p.m. Teton Village Express

Dec. 9: Miller Park to Teton Village at 8 a.m. Teton Village Express

Dec. 9: Teton Village to Miller Park at 4 p.m. Teton Village Express

Dec. 10: Miller Park to Teton Village at 8 a.m. Teton Village Express

Dec. 10: Teton Village to Miller Park at 4 p.m. Teton Village Express

Dec. 12: Willow/Snow King to Teton Village at 8:33 a.m. Teton Village Local

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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