KRAI News for Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

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Memorial Regional Health has vaccinated 226 people so far, mostly health care workers at the hospital. Moffat County Public Health has vaccinated more than 200 people as of Thursday, with the COVID-19 vaccine.

That’s Moffat County Public Health Nurse Olivia Scheele. Front line workers, first responders, teachers and those over 65 are invited to get the vaccine next week. She says to call public health to set up an appointment on Monday, since their office is closed today.

Public Health is closed for New Year’s Day but will re-open at 10 a.m. on Monday. Their number is 970-629-4002, and you can leave a message for the nurses.

Moffat County has 648 cases of COVID-19 as of this morning, according to Moffat County Public Health. That works out to 180 active cases in Moffat County right now, with 22 COVID-related deaths. The number of COVID-19 tests administered in the county is 7,273.

In Rio Blanco County, the county is reporting 288 cases as of Wednesday with 17 hospitalizations. Rio Blanco Public Health says Meeker has four active cases and Rangely also has four active cases. The CDPHE has reported three deaths in Rio Blanco County.

Rio Blanco County Public Health will announce clinic dates and a county wide distribution plan for phase 1B next week. Watch for updates on the Rio Blanco Public Health Facebook page, or the county’s website on when you can get a dose of the vaccine.

Phone 970-878-9520

In Routt County, there are 1,042 total positive cases as of Thursday evening with 11 new cases in one day and 101 cases in two weeks and 18 deaths from COVID.





Friends of Kenny Morris have started a fundraiser for him. The longtime South Routt local lost everything when his mobile home caught on fire in Oak Creek Wednesday. A fundraising Facebook page has been set up called Personal Emergency Fundraiser for Kenny Morris and Family. This is also where you can see what else is needed for Morris, his family, and his roommates.


High-speed electric charging stations in Steamboat Springs

Craig is getting a new high-speed electric vehicle charging station. It’s one of six sites in Colorado that has received a permit to start construction. Two new high-speed electric vehicle charging stations are now at the Kum & Go on Highway 40 in Steamboat. They cost $250,000, and they were paid for by a grant from the Colorado Energy office. Seven are available to the public right now in Colorado with the next closest one in Dinosaur, until the one in Craig can be built. It takes half an hour to charge a car at the high-speed station.

Downtown Books and Coffee is moving from 543 Yampa Ave. to 525, in the old Giving Tree Building. It’s three times the space for the coffee and book store. The move should start sometime mid-month, or February.


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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