Moffat County Public Health is reporting 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 in a week. There are 23 active cases in the county as of Friday, with those people under isolation orders at home. Moffat County’s total positive case count is now at 84. Four staff at Sandrock Ridge have tested positive with two residents which is considered an active outbreak.
There have been four hospitalizations in a week. Steve Hilley is the Infection Preventionist from Memorial Regional Health. He says Moffat County is surrounded by a large number of COVID patients in Salt Lake City where they are almost at bed capacity at hospital Intensive Care Units. Cases are high in Arizona and New Mexico, and in neighboring Mesa County.
Mike Cochran is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Moffat County. He’s asking the business owners in the community to ask your customers to wear a face covering and keep your social distance.
Moffat County has to submit a letter by Wednesday to let the state know the county’s plan to handle the recent surge in COVID cases. Because of 17 cases in a week, the state could at any time remove Moffat County’s Protect Our Neighbors status which allows no more than seven cases in a two-week time frame.
In neighboring Routt County, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting the number of cases is up to 230, which is 18 more than Friday’s count, released by the county. Routt County releases data on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Colorado has a new exposure notification system for COVID-19. The link to find out more and to join is www.AddYourPhone.com
Get your ballots in as tomorrow is Election Day. As of Friday, 4,713 Moffat County residents had turned in their ballots. The Moffat County Clerk & Recorder’s Office and the Motor Vehicle Department is closed Tuesday. Staff will be helping with the General Election. The Voter Service and Polling Center will be open for voters.
A world-record watercolor is being painted in Craig right now, at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The local artist is Israel Holloway. He wanted to create something to celebrate Moffat County’s local western heritage and cowboy way of life, that shows the endurance of local families. The painting is of Maybell cowboy Clint Chew on his horse, Arrow.
The 16×10’ watercolor will go on the wall above the stage at the museum. You can watch Holloway painting the watercolor every day at the museum, or live on the museum’s Facebook page.
November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is often undetected. More than 400 people die from this invisible killer every year. Check your Carbon Monoxide Detector monthly and replace it every five to seven years.
It’s the first day of school for students and staff in the Hayden School District, in their new Pre-K through 12th grade school. A ribbon cutting for the new school is at 1 p.m. this Friday. It’s also Homecoming week in Hayden.
In football, Moffat County beat Woodland Park, 27-23, Friday night. It was homecoming for the Bulldogs. They’re 2-0 in the 2A West League. The Bulldogs host Delta at 6 p.m. Friday night.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian and Hayden lost to Rangely. Meeker shut out Cedaredge, 44-0.
From Routt County Public Health… Numbers of COVID cases are still up. Be careful and stay safe. Help make COVID stop with you.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.