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June 5, 2020, Jackson, WY- On Thursday, May 28th, Teton County Health Department cohosted a COVID-19 active disease mass testing event with Emerg-A-Care and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. The event, held at Teton County Fairgrounds, was a huge success and over 1,300 people were tested. The event welcomed both insured and uninsured individuals, as well as those who were symptomatic or asymptomatic.
We wanted to let the community know that we are still working to process the results from the event. Due to the overwhelming turnout we will not be able to call everyone who was tested. Instead we will be sending out a Nixle message that says only individuals who tested positive will receive a phone call.
The results we have received so far are all negative results, meaning COVID-19 was not detected. We will put out more information next week with specific statistics from the mass testing day. We appreciate the community’s patience as we work to process the results and compile the data. For more information please click here.
Teton District Health Officer, Travis Riddell, MD, MPH stated, “These results are another important indication that, thanks to the efforts of many individuals across our community, we have flattened the COVID-19 outbreak curve. Unfortunately, the pandemic is not over. Cases continue to mount in other parts of our state, our region, and the world. We will see more coronavirus in Teton County, and therefore it is important for all of us to continue following State-wide health orders and guidance including physical distancing and face covering.”
We want to remind the community that active disease testing is a point in time test. The test only determines that you did not have the disease in that moment, and you could still be exposed and contract the virus at a different time. Also, people had to self-select to participate in this testing event so the results from this event may not give up a complete picture of COVID- 19 in our community at this time.
If you checked that you had symptoms at the event and those symptoms have not improved, please contact your healthcare provider. COVID-19 active disease tests are still available at Emerg-a-care or by calling the St. John’s hotline at 307-739-4898, option 3. If you are uninsured or under insured and need a voucher for a free COVID-19 test, please call the Teton County Health Department at 307-733-6401.
In addition, we want to thank the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for funding the vouchers for those who were uninsured or under insured, the Jackson Hole Police Department for assisting with crowd control, Teton County Fairgrounds for letting us use the space, Hole Quarantine for providing some food for our support staff, Civil Air Patrol for flying some of the samples to the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory in Cheyenne, the State and Teton County Emergency Management for helping to coordinate getting the samples to the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory, the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory for processing some of the samples, the community and any other organization that helped us put on this successful event. This was an amazing event and we could not have done it without the support of the community and all the agencies who assisted in the event.
The mitigation measures that the community has taken these last few months have worked and we have been able to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Teton County. As we continue to reopen this summer and see more summer visitors, we hope residents will continue to wear cloth face coverings when the 6-foot physical distancing space cannot be maintained and frequently wash their hands to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.