KRAI News for Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

Dillon Tyler Burch

A rollover accident just north of Craig early Sunday morning took the life of a Craig teenager. Colorado State Patrol reports that 15-year-old Macey Booco was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, and transferred to a hospital in Utah, where she died of her injuries. Booco was a sophomore at Moffat County High School. Two other passengers were treated and released, as was the driver. He is 20-year-old Dillon Burch (pictured) of Craig. Burch is in the Moffat County Jail today on five charges. He has a court date at 1:15 tomorrow in Moffat County District Court. The accident happened on Moffat County Road 31. Colorado State Patrol says no one was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is suspected as being a contributing factor in the crash.

The Colorado State Patrol Vehicular Crime Unit is investigating the Crash. Moffat County Sheriff’s Officers assisted, as did the Ambulance from Memorial Regional Health, and Craig Fire Rescue.

Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is up to 537 cases as of this morning. That’s 25 more cases since Saturday. The number of active COVID cases in Moffat County is 127. The number of tests administered is 6612. Nineteen people have died because of COVID-related illness in Moffat County. Three people are in the COVID-19 unit at Memorial Regional Health over the weekend.

Rio Blanco County’s case count for COVID went up by 12 new cases in one day Sunday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Rio Blanco County has had 221 cases since March, with two deaths due to the pandemic.

Routt County now has 879 cases of COVID-19 since March, according to the CDPHE. That’s the number that came in Sunday afternoon. That’s 222 cases in two weeks for Routt County, with a new death recorded on Sunday. Routt County has now had 17 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.

The vaccine is being shipped across the country. Those first to get it will be front line health care workers. The Federal Trade Commission is warning of scams with the vaccine. Do not pay money or give a deposit or give your credit card information to anyone, to get on a list to get the vaccine.

A nurse at Memorial Regional Health is a Colorado Hospital Superhero. That’s the award given to Joan Hillewaert by the Colorado Hospital Association. Hillawaert is a nurse at MRH and she was nominated for the statewide honor.

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.

 

 

 

Students at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School are still remote learning today, at least through tomorrow. It’s because of a large number of staff from transportation and food services who are in quarantine.

Strawberry Park Elementary School in Steamboat Springs is going to remote learning today because 16 teachers are in quarantine and they can’t get enough substitutes. About 35 kids are in quarantine. Steamboat Middle School also has about 50 students and teachers in quarantine.

Soroco schools have closed a week early for the holiday break. It’s because some of the teachers in the South Routt School District are under quarantine, and it’s too difficult to get substitute teachers. Kids in the Soroco schools are scheduled to be back in class Jan. 4.

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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