KRAI News for Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

Moffat County residents 70 years or older can start receiving the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 on Monday. Here’s Jennifer Riley with Memorial Regional Health.

If you are over 70, call to schedule an appointment at 970-826-2400. Vaccines are being given at the Medical Office Building next to the hospital. Each person will receive a second dose 28 days later. Most insurance companies will cover any cost, as will Medicare and Medicaid. Those who are uninsured can get it for free.

Moffat County has 644 cases of COVID-19 as of this morning, according to Moffat County Public Health. That’s four more than yesterday’s tally, with 176 active cases in Moffat County right now, with 22 COVID-related deaths.

Rio Blanco County had a third death on Wednesday, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, for a total of three. Rio Blanco County has two new cases as well, for a total of 266, with nine in one week and 29 in two weeks.

In Routt County, there are 1,031 total positive cases as of Wednesday evening with 103 cases in two weeks and 18 deaths from COVID.





It’s a busy time in Routt County with many visitors for the holidays. The locals are concerned about those visitors adhering to mask-wearing, social distancing, and no social gatherings, according to the state’s Public Health Orders. Routt County Epidemiologist Nicole Harty told Routt County Commissioners at Wednesday’s Public Health meeting that the state’s mobile data from cell phones shows 46% of the activity in the county right now is from Routt County residents moving about the county. That leaves 56% from other places. Some could be neighboring counties such as Moffat, Grand and Summit, but not all. Harty says that creates an exposure risk from visitors.

About one-fourth of the recent positive COVID cases in two weeks in Routt County were from visitors.

Photo courtesy Oak Creek Fire Department.


Fire crews from Oak Creek, Steamboat, and Yampa helped put out a fire in a mobile home in Oak Creek Wednesday. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation. The structure on Wildhogg Drive is a total loss and the fire is under investigation, but the fire department thinks it’s from a woodstove.





From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.






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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for reading this each day, for those of you who do. And thank you for listening to my newscasts. –Shannon Lukens

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