Regardless of the variant, TCHD maintains its recommendations

JACKSON, Wyo.– B.4 and B.5, the new subvariants of Omicron, now account for 80% of new COVID cases in the Rocky Mountain region, according to CDC estimates as of July 9.

With a slight increase in cases in Teton County, the health department is maintaining the same recommendations for the community as with all other variants of COVID.

“Really, regardless of the variant, our recommendations are always the same,” said Rachael Wheeler, public health response coordinator at the Teton County Health Department.

“Be up to date on your COVID vaccine and wear a mask in public indoor spaces when community transmission is high.”

Teton County continues to hover between medium and high levels of community transmission. Currently, the county is in Upper.

Over the past week, Teton County has had 116 new reported cases (494.4 per 100,000 population). The rate of positive tests is 19.6%. Reported cases do not include all positive home tests. Over the past week, the county has averaged 17 new confirmed cases per day.

Experts say that the B.4 and B.5 variants may look different compared to earlier Omicron versions. Infected people may suffer from cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, headache and muscle aches.

However, those infected are less likely to lose their senses of taste and smell, or become short of breath, compared to those infected with Delta or other variants of the coronavirus.

Teton County is one of the most vaccinated counties in the nation, with 25,354 people (95%) having received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 21,990 (93.7%) received at least two doses or a single Johnson & Johnson dose, and 10,723 (45.7%) received a booster injection.

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