On 11/25/2020, the Teton County Health Department received notice from Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) that seven Teton County residents tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The total number of confirmed cases for the county is 188. There are currently 38 active cases in Teton County.
Several cases are associated with an outbreak with Fairfield Schools. Fairfield School District has opted to go to remote learning until December 7th. The school has worked with the health department to notify the families that are known close contacts to confirmed cases, however we would encourage all families to self-quarantine during this time, minimize exposures with others, and be on the lookout for symptoms, even mild ones, among their children.
The health department is working hard to contact trace all of our cases, but the last few days have begun to stress our capacity to do so in a timely manner. We’d like to remind everyone that contact tracing, while an effective tool, is inherently imperfect. It requires both honesty and an accurate memory on the part of those being interviewed. If you think you are a close contact of an individual that has tested positive with COVID-19, but have not been contacted by the health department, please be proactive and reach out to us. We are happy to help you evaluate your exposure, find testing, and walk you through what to do next to protect you and your loved ones. Anyone who has been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days from their most recent exposure, seek testing, and contact the health department or their healthcare provider if they develop symptoms of Covid-19.
The Teton County Health Department can be reached 7 days a week at 406-466-2562. We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.