KRAI News for Monday, March 23, 2020

Taking a look at the numbers…

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis held a press conference Sunday, saying over 5,000 people have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, with 591 testing positive. No one in Moffat County has tested positive for the Coronavirus as of this weekend. In Routt County, 108 tests have been conducted. There are 47 results still pending. Four people have tested positive according to the Routt County Department of Public Health. The fourth is a man in his 80s who is in self-isolation for the next 14 days.

Gov. Polis has asked that all businesses reduce the number of people in their workplaces by at least 50 percent and workers need to keep 6 feet apart for social distancing. Telecommute or develop a staggered schedule. Only shop for groceries once a week. Don’t leave your house if you are at high risk. All public gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people. This includes stores, and health care facilities, bus and train stations and pharmacies, all news media services, offices and government buildings.

The Craig Press has an ongoing list of Craig restaurants and businesses, with their hours, and availability.

Moffat County businesses and restaurants:

The community has a responsibility with preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Kari Ladrow is the Director of Public Health for Moffat and Routt Counties.

Kari Ladrow Interview:

Routt County has set up a Coronavirus/COVID-19 Help Line. You can call it with questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The number is 970-871-8444. There is also a county website with all local information and interviews with officials. It’s Link:

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has implemented a no-visitors policy at all of its hospitals and clinics. Exceptions are in the maternity ward, NICU, pediatric and end-of-life care. Outpatient clinic patients will be allowed one person to accompany them, if needed, for support. These new restrictions are in place for the health and safety of patients and their families, visitors and health care workers.

Sweetwater County in Wyoming has activated an Emergency Operations Center. The management organization will help citizens and businesses navigate the community’s response to the COVID-19 virus. It’s led by the Sweetwater County Emergency Management, county and city government officials, public health authorities, local public service staff and business and industry representatives. For questions in Wyoming, dial 311, or call 307-212-5440.

Rafting the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Photo Courtesy Cindy Arnis.

All river trips in Dinosaur National Monument are canceled, as of noon today. There will be a time to reschedule those trips in the future. River operations are being suspended regionwide, within several regions including Canyonlands National Park in Utah, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in Arizona and Utah, and Grand Canyon National Park. The Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur are closed until further notice.

Rocky Mountain National Park is also no longer open to visitors.

A 58-year-old man from Deer Trail died and another 65-year-old man from Thornton was taken to the hospital, after being rescued from snowmobiling Saturday. The men were from Colorado but no names have been released. They were in the Wild Mountain area near the northwest boundary of Dinosaur National Monument, along the border of Utah and Colorado. Moffat County Sheriff, and Search and Rescue helped with the search, along with different Utah organizations and park rangers at Dinosaur National Monument. A Classic Air Medical helicopter found the men. The same two men also had to be rescued back on Feb. 29, in the same area.

Craig Parks & Rec has cancelled some of its programs, until May 15. That’s for now. They are T-ball, machine pitch, 8-10 and 11-12 year old baseball, girls slowpitch softball, and active older adult programming. Craig Parks and Rec will monitor the situation, and will continue to post updates on their website and Facebook page. Link:

Finally, pictures and posts get the hashtag #DoingMyPartCO.

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

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