KRAI News for Monday, March 30, 2020

In Moffat County, there is one new confirmed case of COVID-19, bringing the total number to four. The latest is a woman in her 50s, who lives in Moffat County.

Routt County has 16 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus.

Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs

Casey’s Pond is reporting on their website that three of their team members have tested positive, and one resident. Casey’s Pond is a senior living community in the Yampa Valley. No visitors are allowed right now, and no one is allowed to move in at this time, at the direction of the local health department. There have been 105 personnel and residents tested at Casey’s Pond, with a total of 290 tests for the Coronavirus administered in Routt County. Of those 290 tests, there have been 203 tests with negative results. There are still 71 tests that are pending.

All individuals who have tested positive have been issued isolation orders by the Moffat/Routt County Department of Public Health. Their households are in quarantine. Other close contacts have been advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has received approval from President Trump and the federal government to declare a Major Disaster for the State of Colorado. It means Colorado can now receive additional federal resources to help address the global epidemic impacting our state.

Yampa Valley Electric Association has announced that they won’t disconnect anyone’s service if they haven’t paid their electric bill, until further notice. All disconnects have been suspended. Payment plans will be set up for those members who cannot pay their electric bill. YVEA also says to be aware of suspicious emails or phone calls from anyone impersonating their organization. If you get a call and you think it’s a scam, call 970-879-1160.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission is donating $200,000 to four states to help with the coronavirus relief and recovery. Those states are Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Tri-State is working with the governors’ offices in the four states to see where the money is needed. In Colorado, it’s the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.

Construction can continue in Routt County, but there are some new parameters from Routt County Commissioners. Construction is to be put off if it is not essential to public health, safety, or infrastructure. That means if it’s a second home, it can wait. The number of workers need to be limited to half of what is normally working on the project, and they must stay six feet apart. Only use local crews from Routt County.

Craig Police want to remind residents to leave their cars and sheds locked up. The Craig Press reports that there have been complaints about items being stolen from cars and sheds. But Craig Police Captain Bill Leonard says it’s also because those vehicles and buildings have been left unlocked. Make sure you don’t leave anything valuable that can be seen in your car. Put it in the trunk. Roll up the windows and lock the doors.

Yampa Building in Craig. Photo by Shannon Lukens.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig City Council has agreed to take over the ownership of the Yampa Building, from the Moffat County School District. The Craig Press reports that the vote was unanimous. Council has instructed staff to move forward with the purchase of the Yampa Building from the school district. Council hopes the building can be a visitor center, a headquarter for tourism, and a Chamber business hub. The building will also offer a co-workspace, and a group meeting room.

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