KRAI News for Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Moffat County Public Health reported another death from COVID, as confirmed by the Moffat County Coroner on Wednesday. The two men were Moffat County residents in their 70s. One died this week and another last week from COVID. Both had been transferred out of Craig to other facilities due to the severity of their illnesses. That brings the total number of deaths of Moffat County residents now to 24. 22 died of COVID and two had it when they died, according to the Moffat County Coroner.

As of this morning, there have been 666 total positive cases in the county, with 24 active right now. 618 people have recovered.


Vaccinations continue in Moffat County for health care workers, those who are vulnerable, residents over 65, first responders and teachers. It has been a group effort between Memorial Regional Health, Northwest Colorado Health, and Moffat County Public Health. Outgoing Moffat County Commissioners Don Cook and Ray Beck praised the job of the local public health employees during the pandemic, at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

Those 70 and over can be vaccinated at the Medical Office Building next to Memorial Regional Health. Call 970-826-2400 to make an appointment. Moffat County Public Health is helping with any overflow for those 70 and over. Plus, first responders and frontline essential workers can call to schedule a vaccine at 970-629-4002.

Routt County has 1,094 positive cases of COVID, since March, with 116 cases in the past two weeks. That’s according to the CDPHE. Cases are expected to start going up next week, according to Routt County Epidemiologist Nicole Harty.

Rio Blanco County Public Health reports new cases once a week, and that number was at 288 a week ago. The state’s number is lower, at 279. The CDPHE is also reporting three deaths from COVID in Rio Blanco County.


Trapper Mine has laid off 22 employees because the production schedule this year is being reduced. The Craig Press reports that’s about 12% of the 185 employees at Trapper’s Mine. The coal mine is a supplier to the Craig Station power generating plant.


Colorado Parks & Wildlife is holding a virtual meeting next week to discuss Big Game regulations, licensing, quotas, dates, and other wildlife issues. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 13 and happens again on Thursday. You can join via the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Youtube Channel.



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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