By Tom Ninneman, Cowboy State Daily
With the recent record surge in COVID cases in Teton County, State Public Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist, has approved two more restrictive public health orders for the county.
Teton District Health Officer Dr. Travis Riddell requested more restrictive variances after last week’s announcement that the health orders in effect statewide would be eased due to improvements in Wyoming’s COVID situation since the beginning of December.
However, it was agreed that Teton County’s metrics warrant increased public health measures. The county has seen 578 new laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last two weeks.
The restrictions approved for Teton County mirror some of those that were in place for the state until being relaxed last week. Those include limiting the hours bars and restaurants can offer on-premises service to 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and limiting public gatherings to 10 people.
The rules will be in effect until at least Feb. 14.Dr. Riddell made his variance requests to the state on Friday, pointing out that case volumes have now exceeded those seen during the county’s previous surge in mid-December.
With the detection of the new, more transmissible coronavirus variant in Teton County, there is potential for even further increase in transmission of COVID.