KRAI News for Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

Moffat County’s total tally of COVID-19 cases is up to 102. Numbers are going up quickly with 17 new cases in a week, and eight cases in a 24-hour period at the end of last week. This is cause for concern, according to Moffat County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Allan Reishus.

The Moffat County Dashboard shows 28 cases of COVID-19 are active in Moffat County right now. Three people were admitted to the hospital last week. Two people had to be transferred for a higher level of care. The number of tests administered is 4,185.

 Dr. Reishus along with Moffat County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health, are asking for the community’s support in helping fight COVID and stay safe. They’re asking that everyone wear masks, keep socially distant, wash your hands, and don’t gather in large groups.

In a letter to the community, Commissioners say the increase in numbers of COVID-19 is because of gatherings. They are requesting that residents limit gathering sizes to two households. Dr. Reishus also has a request.

Message from Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck: https://www.facebook.com/KRAI55COUNTRY/videos/278891000134440

Message from Craig Mayor Jarrod Ogden:  https://www.facebook.com/KRAI55COUNTRY/videos/460259881622171

Message from Moffat County School District Superintendent Scott Pankow:  https://www.facebook.com/KRAI55COUNTRY/videos/2789798087901793

Routt County’s numbers have been going up quickly, with the state reporting 286 cases. Routt County Public Health reported 58 cases in two weeks. They’re attributing it to two super-spreader events involving students. One was a slumber party and another was a private high school Halloween Party. Steamboat Springs High School is closed as of today, through at last Thanksgiving Week because of around 150 students and teachers either in isolation or quarantine. The school can’t get enough substitute teachers to stay open.

Because of the sharp increase in numbers in Routt County, Steamboat Police Chief Cory Christensen says the police department is working with the District Attorney’s office on a plan for enforcement, if necessary.

Brooke L. Forquer, William C. Ellifritz, and Skyla M. Piccolo-Laabs Mug Shots

Two Craig residents involved in the death of a Steamboat Springs man have been sentenced. 21-year-old Brooke Forquer and 23-year-old Skyla Marie Piccolo-Laabs both pled guilty in March to reckless manslaughter, accessory to a crime, and abuse of a corpse in the death of Elliot Stahl. The sentence is 12 months in the county jail and 16 years at the state prison. William Ellifritz was charged with stabbing Stahl to death. He is scheduled for a jury trial in March.

The official ribbon cutting was Friday for the new Pre-K through 12th grade school in Hayden. Here’s Hayden School District Superintendent Christy Sinner.

The 139,000 square foot school in Hayden was paid for by a $38.9 million BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grant and a $22.3 million dollar bond approved by voters three years ago.

Video of Ribbon Cutting:  https://www.facebook.com/WeAreSteamboatRadio/videos/3470366796381421

In football… The Moffat County Bulldogs had a big upset win Friday night over the #2 ranked Delta Panthers. It was senior night for the Bulldogs in the 2A West League. The Bulldogs take the win, 26-20. As league champs, they will automatically qualify for the playoffs.

Hayden lost on Friday. The Tigers play Soroco in Oak Creek Friday night.

From Routt County Public Health…

Numbers of COVID cases are still up. Be careful and stay safe. Help make COVID stop with you.

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