News from Jackson Hole Radio January 12, 2021

Virus Tracking Lags

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Teton County Health Department wants to inform the community that the COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Team is experiencing delays due to a significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases. In the last week Teton County was notified of over 270 new COVID-19 cases, averaging 39 cases per day. On January 11th, more than 60 new cases were reported. Teton County Health Department is still attempting to contact all positive cases, but it may take multiple days to reach any one individual due to the current case load. Teton County Health Director, Jodie Pond stated that when the number of COVID-19 cases is this high, it overwhelms the staff, and unless case numbers decrease, the team will not be able to contact all new positive cases each day.

Meanwhile, the health department urges if you have tested positive for COVID-19, isolate yourself from everyone possible including members of your household, immediately. This includes using your own bedroom and bathroom when possible. If you must share a common space, wear a mask and always keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others in your home. Ensure surfaces are frequently disinfected – and all household members should not only wash their hands regularly but also wear masks inside.