Yellowstone National Park COVID-19 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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Visitors, Recreate Responsibly

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

  • In areas CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Indoor areas include, but are not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants. In areas CDC identifies as low and medium COVID-19 community level, masks are optional indoors. View the current COVID-19 community level of Yellowstone National Park on our current conditions page.
  • Masks are strongly recommended for everyone on all forms of public and commercial (e.g., transportation operated by contractors, concessioners or other partners) 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, please do not visit the park.
  • Come prepared. Visitor services are 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. Please check locally, on the park website, and in the National Park Service app for current information. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as circumstances change and as we modify operations as necessary.


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 May 31, 2022 (this date will change as we update this page)

January February March April May June July August September October November December
2020 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
2021 NPS 3
(recovered)
0 0 0 0 0 1
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
15
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
0 5
(recovered)
Concession 9
(recovered)
7
(recovered)
0 1
(recovered)
4
(recovered)
2
(recovered)
12
(recovered)
17
(recovered)
16
(recovered)
4
(recovered)
11
(recovered)
3
(recovered)
Volunteer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022 NPS 30
(recovered)
4
(recovered)
0 9
(recovered)
15
(recovered)
Concession 124
(recovered)
10
(recovered)
0 62
(recovered)
263
(recovered)
Volunteer 0 0 0 0 0
Contractor 0 0 0 0 0


All employees who test positive are isolated per the CDC and county public health guidelines. 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.


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Last updated: September 22, 2022

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