St. John’s Health CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre has one word to describe the recent spike in COVID-19 cases that has included three Living Center residents and stretched his staff to its limits.
Reached Friday morning, Beaupre struck perhaps his most urgent tone since the coronavirus pandemic began. In the third distinct rise in cases since March, the past two weeks have seen active cases nearly triple to a record 89 as of Friday afternoon.
The spike has pushed Teton County’s seven-day rolling average of new daily cases per 100,000 people to 36.5. The Harvard Global Health Institute, which tracks the metric for every county in the United States, now lists Teton County as being in the “red zone.”
That designation, the institute says, means economic lockdown measures should be put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Teton County spent a good chunk of the summer in the