190 Yellowstone employees test negative for COVID-19 in fourth round of surveillance tests; Update on visitor statistics

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North Entrance Station line on June 26, 2020

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Information Release Day: June 30, 2020

Get hold of: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

MAMMOTH Warm SPRINGS, WY – In the fourth spherical of surveillance screening on Yellowstone staff, all checks arrived again destructive. On June 17 and 18, Nationwide Park Company (NPS) personnel, with aid from local and state health officers, analyzed 190 staff members from the NPS and concession providers running in the park.

Initially, one concession employee examined favourable and was instantly isolated. The personnel was retested two times additional, and both equally assessments came back again destructive. The state well being place of work described the preliminary check as a “false good” and the staff has returned to function. According to the county health and fitness officer, a tiny share of “wrong positives” are standard in widespread surveillance testing. 

The total number of Yellowstone-worker checks accomplished given that late May perhaps is 577. The 7 days of June 22, 162 checks were executed, and those effects are pending. Moving forward, the park will continue on to take a look at staff in partnership with Montana and Wyoming. 

As launched in the park’s reopening approach, this surveillance screening will proceed all through the summer months and concentrate on staff who are very first responders and/or do the job right with the public. Extra info about the surveillance testing energy is obtainable in the park’s news launch from June 4.  

Additionally, the park sampled wastewater units in Gardiner, Mammoth Warm Springs, and Aged Trustworthy involving June 13 and 16. Lab results indicated % prevalence of COVID-19 in those units at the time they had been sampled. Extra samples had been taken at Mammoth Very hot Springs and Previous Trustworthy concerning June 27 and 29, which may well give the park a better strategy of COVID-19 increases owing to reopening.  

Visitation Studies for June 16-29, 2020

  Automobile counts 2020 percent of
2019 visitation
  June 16-29, 2020 June 16-29, 2019  
Parkwide 119,974 134,278 89%
Wyoming Entrances
(East and South)
37,480 37,774 99%
Montana Entrances
(North, West, Northeast)
82,494 96,504 85%

Stay educated about variations to park operations due to COVID-19. Download Yellowstone’s Application, and pay a visit to www.nps.gov/yell and the park’s social media channels. 

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