Yellowstone National Park COVID-19 Cases Update

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Yellowstone National Park closely monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health officials, the park continues to adapt to changing conditions while maintaining public access.

 

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Total Confirmed Positive Employee COVID-19 Cases

Yellowstone has roughly 750 National Park Service employees, 300 volunteers, 3,000 concessions employees, and 300 contractors during an average year.

Update as of November 30, 2021 (this date will change as we update this page)

2021 January February March April May June July August September October November
NPS 3
(recovered)
0 0 0 0 0 1
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
15
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
0
Concession 9
(recovered)
7
(recovered)
0 1
(recovered)
4
(recovered)
2
(recovered)
12 (recovered) 17
(recovered)
16
(recovered)
4
(recovered)
11
(recovered)
Volunteer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


2020 May June July August September October November December
NPS 0 0 0 0 6
(recovered)
7
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
Concession 0 0 2
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
9
(recovered)
20
(recovered)
4
(recovered)
4
(recovered)
Volunteer 0 0 0 0 1
(recovered)
0 0 0
Contractor 0 1
(recovered)
0 0 0 1
(recovered)
0 0


All employees who test positive are isolated per the CDC and county public health guidelines. Contact tracing also occurs with assistance from surrounding counties.

No further information will be released in order to protect each employee's privacy.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for Employees

Yellowstone is collaborating with the park's health care provider, Medcor, and health departments in both the state of Montana and Wyoming to offer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible park employees.

Employee Surveillance Testing

  • Total tests conducted to date: 3,830
  • Total tests with negative results: 3,810
  • Total tests with positive results: 20

As introduced in the park's reopening plan, this surveillance testing targets National Park Service and concessions employees. Surveillance testing creates two important opportunities: 1) the detection of COVID-19 carriers who aren't showing symptoms yet, and 2) the ability to quickly isolate those individuals to protect public health.

Visitors, Recreate Responsibly

When visiting the park, visitors should follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and recreate responsibly:

  • Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Yellowstone National Park, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels, are required to wear a mask indoors, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants; and outdoors where physical distancing cannot reasonably be maintained. Masks are required for everyone on all forms of public transportation.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you feel sick, do not visit the park.
  • Come prepared. Visitor services are very limited.
  • Expect wait times at the park entrances.
  • Follow current local, state, and national health guidance.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet (2 m), especially in high-visitation areas (on boardwalks, in visitor facilities, on popular trails, while viewing wildlife, etc.).

Yellowstone continues to modify visitor services to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some facilities and events are closed or canceled. Please check locally, on the park website, and in the Yellowstone app for current information. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as circumstances change and as we modify operations as necessary.

 

Last updated: November 30, 2021

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park , WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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