Teton County Health Department is Warning the Community, We Are Back in Red “High Risk”

Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 6:23 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – With the number of admissions into the hospital, the total number of new cases, contact tracing and community spread all moving back in the “Concerning” category the Teton County Health Department wants all community members to be aware that we are back into the High Risk level, or Red. This means we have widespread transmission of COVID-19 in our community and stress on our healthcare system.

Additionally, we are currently maxing out our contact tracing capabilities. To see all of our metrics please go to To see the latest data on the Teton County Emergency Management Dashboard click here.

Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell, MD, MPH, stated “The last week we have seen alarming increases in COVID-19 activity in Teton County, WY. We have set new records for daily new cases (the incidence of this virus) and current active cases (the prevalence of this virus). Combined with the ongoing outbreak in the Living Center, this is putting considerable stress on our healthcare system.”

We are at a turning point for our community. Teton County Health Director, Jodie Pond stated, “We are asking all community members to decrease their viral footprint by reducing the amount they are moving around the community.” Pond went on the say, “Our data is showing that people are getting COVID-19 from people they know and not strangers. When people choose to hang out with friends or visiting family and friends, they can be inadvertently spreading COVID-19. The 24-48-hour window before a person starts showing symptoms can be when they are the most contagious.”

Teton County Health Department asks everyone to take these steps and to be more cautious as the weather gets colder and people move inside.

  • Wear a mask when entering buildings, standing in lines, or in places where 6 feet of physical distancing space cannot be maintained.
  • Stay home when sick, even with mild signs and symptoms.
  • Reduce your trips to the grocery store, post office or other errands.
  • Keep groups sizes small and make sure that physical distancing space is maintained.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Follow Statewide and Countywide Health Orders, Recommendations and Guidelines.
  • Work from Home if Possible.
  • Limit exposure to others outside of your immediate family outside of school and work. Do not let your guard down, continue to maintain good physical distancing and hygiene measures so that we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Copyright 2020 Wyoming News Now. All rights reserved.