MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021
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RESOLUTION # 21-03
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE RE-ISSUANCE OF RECOMMENDATION #11 REGARDING LIMITING GATHERINGS TO HOUSEHOLD GROUPS ONLY
WHEREAS, Dr. Travis Riddell, MD as the Teton District Health Officer, pursuant to Wyoming Statute §35-1-306(a), enacted the Re-Issuance of Recommendation #11 Recommendation from the Teton District Health Officer Gather in Household Groups Only on January 12, 2021, 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 from 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 supports the Town Council passing a resolution to affirm this re-issuance 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; 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 January 18, 2021 the number of active cases of COVID-19 in Teton County is 313; and
WHEREAS, as of January 18, 2021 there are 7 COVID-19 related hospitalizations at St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming; and
WHEREAS, as of January 17, 2021 the previous seven-day average of new cases in Teton County is 45; and
WHEREAS, as of January 15, 2021 the two-week rolling average of test positivity rate for Teton County is 10.07%; 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 January 19, 2021, at a Regular 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-19 and strongly urge compliance therewith.
PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 19th day of January 2021.