KRAI News for Friday, Dec. 18, 2020

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 will stay in Level Orange after the county’s mitigation plan has received approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In a meeting Thursday, the plan and the rules were discussed.

Part of the Mitigation Plan means no indoor events, and last call at bars which serve food is at 10 p.m. The Mitigation Plan also says there has to be cooperation with Moffat County’s Contact Tracers and people have to follow Quarantine orders and Isolation Orders. Another rule is that the county has to enforce the state’s mask mandate as part of the public health order. Masks must be worn in all public places.

Mike Cochran is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Moffat County. He says the Public Health order is enforceable.

Cochran says there would first be a warning letter, then a notice to cease and desist. If that doesn’t work, there would be a restraining order, or the license of a business could be revoked from the state.

The state did tell Moffat County Commissioners and Board of Health that the county has 10 more days to show a decrease in COVID-19 cases, or the state will move the county to the Red Level. One of the things that would mean would be no dining in restaurants. It’s the positivity rate they’re looking at. Moffat County is at 16.8%. The state says that has to be below 15% by Dec. 28, or there has to be a downward trend.

Moffat County Commissioner Don Cook was at the Zoom meeting from home, because he tested positive for COVID. He told everyone at meeting that he is on oxygen.

 

In neighboring counties… Rio Blanco County has eight more cases as of Thursday afternoon, for a total of 245 cases of COVID-19 since March. That’s 38 cases of COVID in the past week for Rio Blanco County.

Routt County now has 941 cases of COVID-19 since March, according to the CDPHE on Thursday afternoon. That’s 13 more than Wednesday, with 223 cases in two weeks for Routt County. The state is also reporting two new deaths of Routt County residents, for a total of 18 COVID-related deaths in the county.

Craig City Council has called a Special City Council meeting at 5 p.m. today. Council will be electing a replacement for the upcoming vacant seat of Councilman Tony Bohrer, who has been elected to be a Moffat County Commissioner. Watch the meeting via Zoom. That link is on our website and Facebook page. Join Zoom Meeting

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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