Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
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There are 40 reported cases in Teton County as of 10:00 a.m. 4/6/2020
For updated numbers for the State of Wyoming please visit:
Feeling sick? Cal your primary care provider. If you don’t have one, call St John’s Health Hotline (307) 739-4898, option 3, or click here for a CDC chatbot to evaluate your symptoms.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Community Update
The Teton County Health Department and St John’s Health are actively monitoring an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19 that is occurring around the world and in the United States. COVID-19 is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that emerged in China in early December 2019 and continues to spread in several countries, including the United States. The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which can cause disease in both humans and animals. As a newly emerging infection, COVID-19 warrants special attention. There are some characteristics of COVID-19 that are not well understood at this time, including how easily it spreads from person to person and how many people may experience severe illness. Recent data suggest that elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be at the greatest risk from this disease. There is currently no vaccine.
What’s Happening in Wyoming & Teton County
The Teton County Health Department is working with the Wyoming Department of Health, St. John’s Health, and other local partners throughout Teton County to prepare our community. The Health Department is continually monitoring the situation and using the Teton County/Town of Jackson Unified Command structure to ensure effective communication and coordination with all involved agencies.
Dr. Travis Riddell, Teton County Health Officer, advises Teton County residents to stay informed about COVID-19 and to look for updates and recommendations from credible sources such as the Wyoming Department of Health and the CDC.
Symptoms of the COVID-19 virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Health officials are encouraging individuals to take the following steps to help prevent spreading:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. A list of COVID19-fighting products can be found here: https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf
Avoid close contact with sick people.
If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
Stay home if you are sick.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
If you can work from home, please do so.
Practice social distancing: stay home as much as possible. When outside of the home, maintain a six foot distance between you and people who are not your family.
Prepare your household for COVID19. Guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
To prevent influenza and possible unnecessary evaluation for COVID-19, all persons aged ≥6 months should receive an annual influenza vaccine if they have not done so already.
St. John’s Health is following CDC guidelines for assessing and treating patients with possible exposure to COVID-19.