August 5, 2021, Jackson, WY – Teton County Health Department is announcing that Teton County, WY has moved into the Orange (Moderate) Risk Level. The change from Yellow (Low) Risk Level is due to a marked increase in new COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks.
Between July 21, 2021 and August 4, 2021, 74 of 131 confirmed cases were Teton County residents. This is a 51% increase from the previous two weeks. Of the reported Teton County resident cases, 63.9% are attributable to community spread and 38.9% are close contact. 3.9% of COVID-19 tests in the last two weeks were positive. COVID-19 transmission risk in our community is high, and Teton County Health Department encourages the community to vaccinate and maintain vigilance with masking, social distancing, and hygiene.
Being fully vaccinated is one of the most effective measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. At this time, anyone 12 years old and older can book or walk-in for a COVID vaccine appointment. To see all available appointments and days the clinic is open please visit, www.tetoncountywy.gov/covidvax.
The Teton County Health Director, Jodie Pond, MPH, stated, “We are now experiencing the impact of the Delta variant, with cases increasing in our county. It is difficult to see this happen after we spent weeks in the Green (New Normal) risk level in May, June, and early July. However, our community is at risk and there are two important actions you can take right now to interrupt this spread: wear a mask and get vaccinated if you are able. We ask this of you so the situation does not worsen. We need everyone to take preventive measures to slow the spread so we can keep our community safe.”
All individuals should stay home when they are sick and get tested. Testing is the only way to ensure you do not have COVID-19. There are several different ways to test in Teton County, and many are free. Information on all the options is listed at: https://www.tetoncountywy.gov/2306/COVID-19-Testing-Options
The Teton County Health Department asks community members to review the recommendations that come with the Orange (Moderate) Risk Level. These include staying home when sick, testing for COVID-19, wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, and following other recommended precautions to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to family, friends, coworkers, or neighbors. Read about the Orange (Moderate) Risk Level and the accompanying recommended preventative measures here.