Jackson Town Council approves a Resolution supporting Public Health Recommendation #12 regarding limited gathering.
In a special Town Council meeting held on Friday morning (December 4th) the Jackson Town Council unanimously approved Resolution 20-26.
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Resolution 20-26 is listed below:
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATION #12 REGARDING LIMITING GATHERINGS TO HOUSEHOLD GROUPS
WHEREAS, Dr. Travis Riddell, MD as the Teton District Health Officer, pursuant to Wyoming Statute §35-1-306(a), has enacted Recommendation #12 which recommends that gatherings be limited to household groups in order to help stop the spread of COVID.
A “household group” is defined as a group of individuals who reside in the same residence.
A “gathering” is any planned or spontaneous event, public or private, bringing together, or likely bringing together, people form outside a person’s household group in a single room or a single confined space (whether indoor or outdoor) at the same time.
For clarification, persons should continue to go to work and to school, but should not gather outside of household groups that occur outside of work or school; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Riddell has requested the Town Council consider a resolution or other appropriate action to affirm this new recommendation and encourage its widespread adoption with the specific objective of slowing viral spread over the next two weeks in hopes that the leadership of our community can simultaneously speak in a unified voice in order to see greater compliance and therefore greater efficacy with this approach until such time as the State may sign on to specific variances to State Health Orders; and
WHEREAS, a significant number of Wyoming citizens are at risk of serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19. Although most individuals who contract COVID-19 do not become seriously ill, people with mild symptoms, and even asymptomatic persons with COVID-19, place other vulnerable members of the public at significant risk; and
WHEREAS, Teton County is an isolated rural community with a single small hospital with limited resources including only six (6) Intensive Care Unit beds and no critical care specialists such that caring for many patients with COVID-19 can compromise the ability of the healthcare system in Teton County to deliver the necessary healthcare to the public; and
WHEREAS, as of December 3, 2020, the number of active cases of COVID in Teton County is 132; and
WHEREAS, as of December 2, 2020 there are 9 current hospitalizations in the Primary Care Unit and 3 in the Intensive Care Unit of St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming; and
WHEREAS, as of December 1, 2020 the previous seven-day average of new cases in Teton County is 28.6 per day; and
WHEREAS, as of December 2, 2020, the two-week rolling average test positivity rate for Teton County is 9.65%; and
WHEREAS, St. John’s Health routinely serves patients not only from within Teton County but also many tourists and residents from Lincoln County, WY, Sublette County, WY,Fremont County, WY, and parts of Eastern Idaho who will further stress its capacity, making it critical that Teton County take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 infection so as not to overwhelm the local healthcare system in such a way that would result in many preventable deaths; and
WHEREAS, limiting gatherings to household groups could substantially reduce transmission of COVID-19 throughout the community and thereby reduce the infection rate, the death toll, and the economic impact of the disease.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF JACKSON, WYOMING, having duly met on December 4, 2020, at a Special Town Council Meeting, which was properly noticed and open to the public, and having fully considered the matter at hand, that: The Jackson Town Council supports the Teton County Health Department and Dr. Travis Riddell, MD, MPH, the Teton District Health Officer, with regard to the public health recommendation that gatherings be limited to household groups in order to help stop the spread of COVID and strongly urge compliance therewith. The Jackson Town Council also supports Public Health Order Variances that have been drafted by Dr. Riddell and submitted to the State of Wyoming and request their approval without delay PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 4th day of December 2020.