JACKSON, Wyo. – It’s a day or two or more that the killer is. For 24-48 hours after the first contract with COVID, you won’t know. You will feel good. You will go out. You infect 2-3 more (on average), and the virus survives in new hosts. Younger enough and strong enough to fight him. Others, not so much.
This is how a pandemic goes around. Wait its time. Wait for an invitation, that moment of inattention.
With the number of hospital admissions, the total number of new cases, the contact tracing and the spread of the community on the rise, the bad news is that we are back to “Red”.
“We are at a turning point for our community,”
The Teton County Department of Health announced today that the worrying trend means the community has now regressed to the high-risk, or red, level.
“This means we have widespread transmission of COVID-19 in our community and stress on our health system,” said Rachel Wheeler, Teton County Department of Health Response Coordinator. “Additionally, we are currently optimizing our contact tracking capabilities.”
Teton District Health Officer Travis Riddell, MD, MPH, said, Last week we have seen alarming increases in COVID-19 activity in Teton County, Wyoming. We have set new records for new daily cases (the incidence of this virus) and current active cases (the prevalence of this virus). Combined with the ongoing epidemic in the Living Center, this is putting a strain on our health system. “
While some restrictions have eased, Teton County has the unique burden of hosting millions of visitors from across the country as a world-famous travel destination – an industry that has barely slowed down in recent months.
However, the metrics indicate that locals are trading COVIDs with each other.
According to Pond, the latest data suggests that people are receiving COVID from people they know and not strangers.
“When people choose to go out with friends or visit family and friends, they can inadvertently spread COVID-19. The 24-48-hour window before a person starts showing symptoms may be when they are the most contagious,” he said Pond.
The Teton County Department of Health says the following guidelines are in place and particularly important as we enter a colder season where more time is spent indoors in closer environments:
- Wear a mask when entering buildings, standing in line or in places where it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.8 meters.
- Stay home when you are sick, even with mild signs and symptoms.
- Cut back on your trips to the supermarket, post office or other errands.
- Keep group sizes small and make sure physical distance space is maintained.
- Wash your hands often.
- Follow health orders, recommendations, and guidelines throughout the state and county.
- Work from home if possible.
- Limit exposure to others outside of your close relatives outside of school and work.
For the latest statistics, refer to COVID-19 cases in Teton County.