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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Teton District Health Officer Recommendations

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Today the Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell provided recommendations on ways community members can help decrease the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Teton County.  It should be noted that these recommendations are not Public Health Orders but are strongly encouraged to further protect our community.  

The recommendations state that adults, older than 65-years-of-age, and those with high risk medical conditions, stay at home, except for essential activities.  Dr. Riddell also recommends that individuals who are currently visiting Teton County, Wyoming, should return to their primary residence; and that residents who leave the immediate regional area for any period of time, should upon their return make a safe choice for others and stay home for fourteen days after.  Visitors who are considering a trip to Teton County, Wyoming, are discouraged from traveling to Teton County, Wyoming, during this pandemic.

Please note that the recommendations are voluntary and are not orders and are also not enforceable under the law. Please do not call law enforcement or dispatch regarding individuals who are not following these recommendations.  It’s your choice to follow these recommendations.

The following is a summary of the four recommendations described in greater detail by a document released by Teton County Health Officer, Dr. Travis Riddell:

Recommendation No. 1

WHO IT AFFECTS:
                        Adults over the age of 65

            Individuals living in a nursing home or long-term care facility

            Those who live with an older adult or a person with high risk medical conditions

            Individuals with high risk medical conditions include those with:

                        Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

                        Heart disease with complications

                        Immunocompromised including cancer treatment

                        Deemed at risk by medical provider  

WHAT IS RECOMMENDED: 
            Limit gathering with other individuals who are not immediate family.  Stay at                    home except to perform essential activities.  

                WHAT ARE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES
                                Performing tasks essential to health and safety

                        Obtaining medical supplies, medicine or visiting a health care professional

                        Obtaining groceries

                        Engaging in outdoor activity while practicing physical distancing (6 feet apart)

                        Performing essential work duties

                        Caring for a family member or pet


RECOMMENDATION No. 2

            WHO IT AFFECTS: 
                        Adults over the age of 65

                        Individuals who live in a nursing home or long-care facility

                        Those with high-risk medical conditions

                        Those who live with an older adult or person with a high-risk medical condition

                        Those who travel outside the immediate regional area

 

            IMMEDIATE REGIONAL AREA INCLUDES: 
                        
Teton County, WY; 

                        Sublette County, WY; 

                        Lincoln County, WY; 

                        Fremont County, WY; 

                        Bonneville County, ID; and 

                        Teton County, ID


WHAT IS RECOMMENDED:
                        Travel limited to:

                        Access essential activities

                        Care for elderly, minors, dependents or other vulnerable persons

                        Return to primary residence   

                        Travel required by law enforcement or court order

                        Travel for non-residents to return to their home


                                    Examples of acceptable, limited travel:

                                    Travel to a park to go for a walk

                                    Travel to/from doctor’s appointment


Recommendation No. 3

            WHO IT AFFECTS: 
                        All residents of Teton County who travel outside the immediate regional area

            IMMEDIATE REGIONAL AREA INCLUDES: 
                        
Teton County, WY; 

                        Sublette County, WY; 

                        Lincoln County, WY; 

                        Fremont County, WY; 

                        Bonneville County, ID; and 

                        Teton County, ID

 

            WHAT IS RECOMMENDED: 
                        Residents who leave the immediate regional area and then return to Teton County, Wyoming, should stay at home, except to perform essential activities, for at least 14 days.

                        Examples of a 14-day shelter-in-home recommendation after returning from travel outside of the immediate regional area include: 

                        Residents who travel to Salt Lake City, to go shopping.  It is  recommended that you stay at home for 14 days following your  return; Residents who travel to Florida for spring break.  It is recommended that you should stay at home for 14 days.

 

RECOMMENDATION No. 4

 

            WHO IT AFFECTS: 
                        Visitors and those considering visiting Teton County, Wyoming, as well as non-resident homeowners.

 

            WHAT IS RECOMMENDED:
                        Visitors to Teton County, Wyoming, are asked to return home immediately  by the fastest and safest available means. Those considering visiting, should stay home. Non-resident homeowners are strongly encouraged to return to their primary residences.

 

The State and Teton District Health Officer have issued several public health orders, which are enforced under Wyoming law and can result in criminal charges if not followed:


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #20-2
Order closing certain public places; and placing restrictions on restaurants within Teton County, Wyoming, including the City of Jackson, Wyoming.  Click here to view Public Health Order #20-2.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #20-1
Order forbidding large gatherings over 50 people within Teton County, Wyoming, including the City of Jackson, Wyoming. Click here to view Public Health Order #20-1.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER EXCEPTION ORDER #1
To Snow King Mountain Resort to permit personal uphill recreation at Snow King Mountain Resort. Click here to view Public Health Order Exemption Order #1.

 

STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #1
Statewide public health order closing bars, restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, childcare facilities, K-12 schools, colleges, universities and trade schools statewide.  Click here to view Statewide Public Health Order #1.

 

STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #2
Statewide public health order forbidding gatherings of ten (10) people or more.  Click here to view Statewide Public Health Order #2. 

 

STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER #3
Statewide public health order for the temporary closure of nail salons, hair salons, barber shops, massage parlors, tattoo, body art and piercing shops, and cosmetology, electrology, and esthetic services.  Click here to view Statewide Public Health Order #3.  

 

Currently there are only two known cases of COVI-19 in Teton County, Wyoming. For the most up-to-date information, please go to jhcovid.com or the Teton County Health Department webpage at: http://www.tetonwyo.org/163/Health-Dept

 

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