KRAI News for Friday, March 27, 2020

A person in Moffat County has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus. The Department of Public Health says the man in his 30s lives in Moffat County, and has been ordered to go into isolation. Members of his household have been ordered to self-quarantine as well. The man was not hospitalized and is working with public health officials. His name is not being released.

There are four new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County today. Of those new cases, one male is in his 20s, and two females are in their 20s. All three are from Routt County. A fourth person has tested positive. She’s a female in her 60s who does not call Routt County her primary residence. They are in isolation via an order through Public Health, and their households are in quarantine. Other close contacts have been advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Routt County officials say they cannot tell a person not to come to their second home here, but they are strongly discouraging people from coming here from outside of Routt County because of the efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

The Department of Human Services in Moffat County will have limited hours. The lobby will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for self-service. Drop boxes are in the lobby, and also outside. Staff will be available to assist for limited services between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Human Services provides help with Food/Cash/Medical/Child Support, and Child Care. Apply online at www.Colorado.gov/PEAK

All campgrounds are closed until further notice. That includes playgrounds and camping facilities at all of Colorado’s state parks. The Colorado State Parks themselves are still open for recreation but all campers are being told to leave. And if you are in a park, make sure you keep the six foot social distancing, at least. That includes on the trails, boat ramps, and shorelines.

Developed recreation sites in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest are closing until April 30. This will keep people from congregating at trailheads, facilities, and parking lots. The impacted recreation sites include the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District which means Dry Lake, Dumont/Muddy Pass, Fish Creek Falls, the Quarry, and Seedhouse. It also includes the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District and the Parks Ranger District. It means there won’t be any public services, such as bathroom facilities, trash removal, and parking lot maintenance.

Colorado State Patrol is stepping up patrols on hikers and backcountry skiers who are parking illegally along mountain passes, especially Berthoud and Loveland Passes. Parking is only allowed in marked and designated parking areas. You could get towed for parking along the side of the road and on a shoulder.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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