KRAI News for Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

Four employees of Memorial Regional Health in Craig have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, since last Monday. Isolation orders have been issued for each employee. Surveillance testing started Friday and will continue this week. All patients and staff who have been in contact with the employees have been contacted and are being tested. None have been positive. Jennifer Riley with Memorial Regional Health says staff at the hospital is being very careful.

At the hospital, only one visitor is allowed per patient, and everyone gets screened and wears a mask. MRH is closed to all public access. The retail pharmacy is still open, but will take extra precautions.

On Friday, Moffat County Public Health reported five new active cases of COVID-19 Friday for a total of 50. Only one of the four hospital employees was included in that count, so the other three will be on next week’s tally when that’s reported. Of those new cases this past week, there are three males, ages 12, 32, and 36, and two females, ages 9 and 29. There has been one death in Moffat County, with 3,024 tests administered.

Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs

In Steamboat, five staff members from Casey’s Pond Senior Living Center have tested positive for COVID-19 in two weeks. They are asymptomatic and recovering at home.



Approximately 70 students at Steamboat Springs High School and seven staff members are in quarantine until either Oct. 28 or Oct. 29. They have been identified as being a “close contact” to a student with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The Steamboat Springs School District is asking parents to regularly monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 and to not send them to school if they have symptoms or are awaiting a test result.

Firefighters from the Middle Fork Fire in Routt County jumped into action Saturday when a new fire started in Rio Blanco County, just southeast of Meeker. Aaron Voos with Routt National Forest says the resources were available to quickly put out the new fire.

Voos says it burned about an acre but could have been much worse. Fire crews from the Middle Fork Fire also helped in Grand County, with the initial response to the new East Troublesome Fire.

Full interview with Aaron Voos:

Ballots just arrived in Moffat County mailboxes late last week, but already 17 have been turned in as of Friday, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Ballots can be mailed, or they can be dropped off in the 24-hour Election Dropbox at the east entrance of the Moffat County Courthouse. But as of today, they can be taken inside to the Voter Service and Polling Center, if you prefer that. Here’s Moffat County Election Coordinator Debbie Bellville.

The VSPC is in the Moffat County Courthouse. Hours to bring your ballot in are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. And you can take your ballots in on the next two Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The presidential election is Nov. 3.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office is reporting that 436,443 ballots (mail-in and combined) have been returned so far in Colorado.

Here’s the breakdown for ballots returned in Moffat County as of Friday:

  • 5 Democrats
  • 1 Libertarian
  • 6 Republican
  • 5 Unaffiliated

Total: 17

Link to data:


In high school football, the team Moffat County was supposed to play Friday ended up in quarantine so no game for the Bulldogs. The football team will hit the road this Friday to play Elizabeth.



The Soroco Rams lost to Rangely in football Friday night, 56-12. Soroco has another home game this Friday against Gilpin County and its Homecoming in Oak Creek.

The Hayden Tigers have a game at 6 p.m. tomorrow night, against West Grand and it is also at home in Hayden.


A message From Routt County Public Health…

Remember to wash your hands often during the day; 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.

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