KRAI News for Monday, July 20, 2020

From Rio Blanco County, as of Sunday afternoon, the Fawn Creek Fire is now 90% contained, the Wolf Fire is 73% contained, and the Stewart Fire is 100% contained. The Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Blue Team has been managing these fires and returned that duty to local management this morning.  If the fire situation changes, updated information will be posted to the Facebook page of the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office.

No new reports of COVID-19 in Moffat County, where the number stands at 17 confirmed cases, with four still active. The number of tests administered is at 1,179.

The total number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County is 87. The most recent positive case is a woman in her 20s. There are 13 active cases right now with 204 cases pending in the county. The number of tests administered in Routt County is 4,732.

When reporting COVID-19 updates in Routt County, the number of hospitalizations haven’t been in there. At Friday’s Routt County Commissioners meeting, commissioners were told of repeated requests from the county for hospitalization numbers to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. Commissioners say public health needs to be aware of capacity at the local hospital. Plus, commissioners would like those numbers because constituents are questioning them. Here’s Routt County Commissioners Doug Monger and Tim Corrigan.

After Friday’s meeting, we asked UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center about getting those numbers. Hospital spokesperson Lindsey Reznicek told KRAI, “We do not have the capacity to provide a weekly report of this data,” but they will respond to requests from local media and public health when asked. Reznicek said UCHealth reports all required data to regulatory bodies as necessary. She says since the beginning of March, the local hospital has cared for six patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections.

Memorial Regional Health in Craig does not provide the number of hospitalizations.

Full Statement from Lindsey Reznicek with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center: UCHealth reports all required data to regulatory bodies, such as Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, United States Department of Health & Human Service, and EMResource, as necessary. We have answered requests for hospitalization numbers from both local media and public health in the past and will continue to do so as those requests are received. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to provide a weekly report of this data.

 Since the beginning of March, UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has cared for six patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections. The health and safety of Routt County and its local communities remains our priority, and we appreciate the continued work and partnership of both the Routt County Public Health Department and the Routt County Commissioners to ensure everyone’s safety. We ask that everyone continues wearing masks, practicing frequent hand hygiene and keeping six feet of social distance to help limit the spread of the virus.

The Glenwood Springs Community Center re-opened today. It’s been closed for two weeks after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Governor Jared Polis has appointed Brittany Schneider to the Moffat County Court in the 14th Judicial District. Schneider is a Deputy District Attorney with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, a position she has held since 2018. This judgeship was created by the retirement of the Honorable Sandra H. Gardner, and is effective August 1, 2020.

Moffat County Commissioners are meeting tomorrow. Starts at 8:30 a.m. They’ll hear from Mindy Curtis in the Finance Department. Roy Tipton with the Office of Development Services will talk about bid recommendations for Loudy-Simpson Park, specifically the Boat Ramp and the electrician for the Power Upgrade Project. Four Rivers Construction will do the work. The picnic shelter will also serve as a bandstand pavilion during events.

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

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