KRAI News for Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

Moffat County will remain at the Orange High Risk Level and will submit to the state a mitigation plan that is tailored to the unique needs of the county. That’s the word from Moffat County Public Health. The plan will be drafted with collaboration from the county board of public health, the City of Craig, local law enforcement, and the local business community. Once submitted to the state, the mitigation plan and strategies will be shared with the community.

Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is up to 495 cases as of this morning. That’s 15 new cases in a day and 29 new cases since Wednesday. The number of active COVID cases in Moffat County is 112. The number of tests administered is 6,572. Nineteen people have died because of COVID-related illness in Moffat County. Four people are in the COVID-19 unit at Memorial Regional Health today.

A message from Memorial Regional Health: Remember, the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask, physically distance yourself, refrain from gathering with others outside of your household and wash your hands.




Rio Blanco County’s case count for COVID went up by three new cases Thursday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Rio Blanco County has had 207 cases since March, with two deaths due to the pandemic.

Routt County now has 823 cases of COVID-19 since March, according to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. That’s the number that came in Thursday afternoon. That’s 208 cases in two weeks for Routt County, with 16 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.

Moffat County Public Health is offering a free drive-through clinic for those who want to get tested for COVID-19. It’s from 2-4 p.m. TODAY at 1050 Industrial Drive. That’s behind the old K-Mart Building. Anyone is welcome to drive by to be tested, whether you have symptoms or not.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission will be returning $30 million dollars in patronage capital funds for this year, to its members. Tri-State has 42 utility members in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and New Mexico.

Residents of the Yampa Valley donated just over $1,167,432 for Yampa Valley Gives Day this year. The donations on Tuesday were for nonprofits throughout Routt and Moffat Counties. Here’s Yampa Valley Community Foundation Executive Director Tim Wohlgenant.

5,129 individual donations were made that will go to 67 nonprofit groups in both counties.


Santa update… Memorial Regional Health says they have it on “good authority” that Santa Claus has received one of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, so he should be all set to work on Christmas Eve. They say he’ll still wear a mask when visiting your house.



In Hayden, Santa will be riding around town in a yellow sleigh from the West Routt Fire Protection District around 6:30 on Friday, Dec. 18. He asks that everyone please stay socially distant along the route.

From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.






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