KRAI News for Thursday, July 23, 2020

Moffat County Public Health is reporting two new positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in the county today, for a total of 20. Two men have the virus; one is in his 60s and the other in his 70s, and both live in Moffat County. Contact Tracing has begun and the men will be issued isolation orders. Moffat County has three active cases of COVID-19 right now, with 1,179 tests administered.

Routt County has 94 positive cases of the virus right now with 17 active cases.

  • Results from COVID-19 are coming back faster now, in about three to five days because the state lab has added a third shift.
  • Routt County has had 14 new cases in the last two weeks. Eleven of those were either teenagers, or people in their 20s and 30s. Moffat and Routt County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says some of these cases were discovered through the testing relationships with local businesses. SOUNDBITE Harrington National Trends
  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis has also issued an executive order for last call for alcohol at 10 p.m. now, statewide, to help fight the virus among young adults.
  • Also at Wednesday’s Routt County Public Health meeting, there is concern about people getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. The state has a goal to increase flu vaccination rates, especially for those over 65.

The Moffat County Fair Board has decided to postpone all Open Class Pavilion and Quilt Classes this year. They feel it’s too difficult to keep everyone distanced, and everything sanitized. The Fair won’t be hosting the PRCA Rodeo either, nor the pie-eating, bingo, bucking bulls or bounce houses. The top priority is the livestock sale for the 4-H and FFA kids. The Board says, “Despite having a COVID Plan in place to check-in entries, judge, view and exit entries it’s going to be extremely difficult to keep everyone effectively distanced and everything sanitized as frequently as they are recommending. We all know how busy the Pavilion and Under the Grandstands can be and the health of our Superintendents, Judges, Fair Board Members and Exhibitors is our top priority. Additionally, the recent mask mandate by our Governor and the increase in cases over the last few weeks have helped in our decision-making process to postpone all these classes to next year’s fair.”

Construction starts early next month on the boat ramp at Loudy-Simpson Park. The boat ramp will be closed from Aug. 3 through Sept. 30.

Judge Shelley Hill



The Honorable Judge Shelley A. Hill from the 14th Judicial District is retiring in early January. A Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will be interviewing and selecting nominees for appointment by the governor to fill the position. Those applying must have practiced law for five years in Colorado, and live in either Grand, Moffat, or Routt Counties. The salary is just over $173,248 thousand dollars.


Johnny Ford from Sunset Elementary has been named the SHAPE Colorado Young Educator PE Teacher of the Year for 2020. SHAPE stands for Society of Health and Physical Education.  Johnny Ford has taught at Sunset for five years.

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