KRAI News for Monday, March 16, 2020

There are no positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in Moffat County.

Memorial Regional Health is screening for the virus. The hospital in Craig is adjusting patient visitor regulations. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. No one under the age of 12 can visit the hospital. Only one visitor at a time, per patient. MRH also won’t allow anyone in the hospital who is showing signs of illness.

 

 

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs has new rules for visitors. They aren’t allowed if they have a fever, or cold and flu symptoms, unless they are there for medical care. Patients can only have one visitor in a 24-hour period, and this includes the birth centers. Only one person can accompany a patient being seen in the clinic for a procedure such as surgery. No one under 16 is allowed to visit the hospital unless they’re a patient.

 

Moffat County School District is planning to continue with regular operations after spring break, which starts today. Schools will return to normal school hours on Monday, March 23, which is after spring break. Colorado Governor Jared Polis has recommended guidelines for potential school closures.  They include if there is a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff or student, or if three schools in a district have confirmed cases within a 30-day period. Schools would have to be closed for cleaning, and social distancing.

All spring sports and activities are suspended until early April at Moffat County High School. That came down from CHSAA which is the governing sports body in Colorado.

Moffat County School District COVID-19 Virus Updates: https://www.moffatsd.org/covid-19-updates-508d7dc0

As of Sunday afternoon, Routt County had two of the state’s 131 positive cases.

All Routt County schools have also closed for two weeks. Kids can’t go to school for the next couple of weeks. College students are returning home to the Yampa Valley. Some may get to go back to their universities to finish their semester; others won’t.

Steamboat Resort has closed, because of the global outbreak of the coronavirus. Orders came down from the Alterra Mountain Company, which is the ownership group for Steamboat. Alterra has not yet said when any of their 14 resorts will reopen, or if they will at all. Colorado Governor Jared Polis also announced that all Colorado resorts have to close for at least one week. Steamboat resort is working with guests who have visits planned. Refunds will be provided.

Downtown Aspen

Colorado health officials are strongly advising visitors and residents of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties to minimize social contact. It’s an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in their counties. Residents are being asked to work from home. Go out only for necessities such as at the grocery store and pharmacy. Maintain a distance of six feet from others. Travel only in a private vehicle.

No flights have been canceled at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, according to director Kevin Booth. He says the outgoing flights have been busier than the ones coming in.

Tia Cline and Travis Kohn

Two residents of Yampa have been arrested and charged with multiple felonies, after law enforcement found large quantities of drugs in their home, including meth, and GBL which is often used as a date-rape drug. 34-year-old Tia Cline, and 40-year-old Travis Kohn were arrested during a raid and a sting operation by the All Crimes Enforcement Team. Kohn has in jail on a $20,000 bond and has a status conference March 18. Cline bonded out and will be in court March 24.

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