The Moffat County Coroner has confirmed that two more Moffat County residents have died due to COVID. One person died this week and another during the week of Dec. 20, both at Memorial Regional Health, for a total of 22 deaths. That’s according to Moffat County Public Health. Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is now at 640 confirmed cases, as of this morning. Right now, there are 172 active cases of COVID-19 in Moffat County. 446 people have recovered. 7,244 tests have been administered.
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About 50 wild horses are being removed from public and private lands next to the herd at Sand Wash Basin in Moffat County. Bait trapping starts next week with fencing, food and water. Once the horses are in the fenced-in area, they’re taken to a holding facility in either Rock Springs, Wyoming, or Canon City, Colorado.
That’s Marybeth Pecotte with the Bureau of Land Management for Northwest Colorado. She says there are about 828 wild horses at Sand Wash Basin right now. Under the Wild Horse and Burro Act, the BLM is required to remove wild horses from private lands when requested in writing, and that’s what happened. Twenty have moved onto private land. Lessening the herd also reduces the risk of a wild horse collision with a vehicle.
Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is up to 620 cases today, according to Moffat County Public Health. That’s 17 new cases since last Thursday and 83 cases in two weeks. Right now, there are 160 active cases of COVID-19 in Moffat County. Twenty people have died with COVID-19 in Moffat County since March.
Moffat County Commissioners had a special thanks for employees and the community at their meeting this week, since it’s been such a difficult year. Here’s Commissioners Ray Beck, Don Broom, and Don Cook.
Vaccinations continue for frontline workers and health care employees at Memorial Regional Health today. The Moderna vaccine is the one being used to help fight COVID-19. After getting the vaccine, each person has to wait half an hour to be monitored by nurses, to make sure there isn’t an adverse reaction. A second dose comes in 28 days. Even after getting vaccinated, employees at MRH will continue wearing masks.
Moffat County Commissioners are taking a stand on Wolf Introduction to the state of Colorado. It’s Proposition 114 which was passed by state voters. The commissioners have written a letter asking Governor Polis and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to include stakeholders like the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, in the issue. The letter says that elected officials want to be involved on how and when wolves are reintroduced, adding that it will have “far reaching and long-lasting consequences to our citizens, communities, wildlife and economies.” Moffat County Commissioner Don Broom is concerned about the danger to livestock.
Commissioner Don Cook also has concern and frustration with the wolf introduction.
With the letter, Moffat County Commissioners are showing their support AGAINST Governor Polis’ office to accelerate the introduction of wolves, which right now is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2023.
The Moderna vaccine is supposed to arrive in Moffat County sometime today. It will go straight to Memorial Regional Health where health care workers who deal directly with COVID-19 patients will get vaccinated first. About 400 doses of the vaccine are expected, according to Jennifer Riley, who is the Vice President and COO of the hospital.
Employees at the hospital are scheduled to be vaccinated this evening, and Tuesday and Wednesday.
A West Routt Fire Protection District Engine out of Hayden helped put out a fire, but then went off the edge on Routt County Road 68A, on the way home. The fire engine rolled 255 feet down a hillside Saturday. Four firefighters were buckled up on board. Two were taken to Memorial Regional Health in Craig, and two others were taken to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat. They were all treated and released. Here’s West Routt Fire Chief Trevor Guire.
The fire department is pretty sure the truck is totaled but that has to be confirmed with the insurance company.
Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is up to 574 cases as of this morning. That’s 11 new cases since yesterday and 23 in two days. The number of active COVID cases in Moffat County is 127. Twenty people have now died because of COVID-related illness in Moffat County, since the pandemic began. 7,020 tests have been administered. Three people are in the COVID-19 unit at Memorial Regional Health today.
Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is up to 551 cases as of this morning. That’s seven more than yesterday. The number of active COVID cases in Moffat County is 141. Nineteen people have died because of COVID-related illness in Moffat County, since the pandemic began. Six people are in the COVID-19 unit at Memorial Regional Health as of Wednesday.
Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is up to 551 cases as of this morning. That’s seven more than yesterday. The number of active COVID cases in Moffat County is 141. Nineteen people have died because of COVID-related illness in Moffat County, since the pandemic began.
Dillon Burch of Craig is facing six counts after a rollover accident early Sunday morning. 15-year-old Moffat County High School sophomore Macey Booco died in the accident, just north of Craig on Moffat County Road 31. Charges filed against Burch by the District Attorney’s office include two counts of Vehicular Homicide, one for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both, and the other was for driving recklessly, both resulting in death. The other charges are Driving under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving, and mandatory use of a Seat Belt. Burch was released on a $10,000 Personal Recognizance Bond. He cannot drive a motor vehicle until further order of the court. He cannot have any new offenses, and he must live with his parents. Burch will next be in court on Jan. 28.