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May 29, 2020, Jackson, WY- Teton District Health Officer, Travis Riddell, MD, MPH issues Health Recommendation #8 recommending face coverings for all people within Teton County, WY. Health recommendation #8 replaces health recommendation #7 and provides more detailed reasoning why a face covering should be worn.
Dr. Riddell states that “Due to accumulating scientific documentation supporting the importance of community face covering use to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I felt it was important to update Teton County’s recommendation and guidance. The new recommendation details the specific evidence of the effectiveness of face coverings and provides robust guidance on who should (and should not) wear face coverings and in what situations, providing individuals and businesses with decision making support."
A cloth face covering is defined as a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. The face covering could be factory-made, handmade, or improvised from an ordinary household material. Face coverings should fit tightly and include multiple layers of fabric to allow for unrestricted breathing. They should have the ability to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to the shape. If a worker’s face covering moves during work, it should be replaced with one that does not need to be frequently adjusted to reduce touching of the face. Face coverings should be replaced when it becomes dirty, wet, and/or difficult to breathe through. Masks with a one-way valve on the front side of the masks should not be used to follow this recommendation. Masks with these types of valves allow droplet release from the masks and put others nearby at risk.
All members of the public, including children ages 3 and up are recommended to wear a face covering during the following situations:
- When they are inside or in line to enter any retail or commercial business.
-When they are inside or in line to enter any government location or facility to seek or receive services.
-When they are obtaining services at healthcare operations, including but not limited to hospitals, clinics, walk-in health facilities, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks, other healthcare facilities, behavioral health providers, and facilities providing veterinary or similar health care services for animals-unless directed otherwise by an employee or worker at the healthcare operation.
-When waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while riding in a taxi, private care service, shuttle tour or ride-sharing vehicle.
To read all of health recommendation #8 and see the current health recommendations and statewide health orders currently in effect, please go to: http://www.tetoncountywy.gov/2064/COVID-19-Health-Orders.