179 Yellowstone employees test negative for COVID-19 in second round of tests; Update on visitor statistics / Backcountry reopens June 15

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A camper hangs meals on a food pole at a park campsite.

NPS / Neal Herbert

Information Release Day: June 11, 2020

Call: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

MAMMOTH Very hot SPRINGS, WY – For the second 7 days in a row right after conducting COVID-19 surveillance testing on Yellowstone staff members, all assessments came back again damaging. On June 4-5, wellness officials from Park County, Montana, examined 179 personnel from the Countrywide Park Assistance and concession organizations functioning in the park. This provides the overall selection of staff analyzed in the earlier 10 days to 222. Going forward the park will continue on to test employees in partnership with both Montana and Wyoming.  

“I want to thank the states of Wyoming and Montana and our county overall health officials for partnering with us to increase surveillance testing potential,” reported Superintendent Cam Sholly. “This proactive screening is the only way for us to detect cases early and reply rapidly to any workforce who have the virus.” 

As launched in the park’s reopening program, this surveillance testing will go on in the course of the summer and concentrate on personnel who are first responders and/or operate right with the public. More information about the surveillance tests work is offered in the park’s news release from June 4.  

Additionally, the park sampled wastewater techniques in Gardiner, Mammoth Sizzling Springs, and Aged Trustworthy in between May 18-26. Lab outcomes indicated % prevalence of COVID-19 in all those systems throughout these time frames. Added samples will be taken on June 13 and 15, which will give the park a improved thought of COVID-19 increases due to reopening.   

Visitation Studies for June 1-10, 2020

  Auto counts 2020 percent of 2019 visitation
  June 1-10, 2020 June 1-10, 2019  
Parkwide 42,075 78,190 54%
Wyoming Entrances
(East and South)
14,728 22,139 67%
Montana Entrances
(North, West, Northeast)
27,347 56,051 49%

Backcountry tenting starts June 15

The park will get started issuing backcountry permits on June 15, 2020. All backcountry permits will be issued via e-mail or phone through the Central Backcountry Business office. The park maintains a Backcountry Predicament Report for information about trail conditions, openings, and closings.

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