KRAI News for Thursday, March 19, 2020

Kids will be home from school through April 17. Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state of Colorado from March 23, to now April 17. Also, no gatherings are allowed of ten people or more including community, civic, public, religious, sporting events, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, fairs, and any other type of public event.

A mobile Test Collection Site will be set up on Saturday in the Meadows parking lot in Steamboat. It’s to test for COVID-19 and the Coronavirus. The testing time will tentatively by noon to 5 p.m. To come to the local testing site, you must bring an order from your health care provider that you meet the criteria that you need to be tested. And you need a photo I.D. that matches the name on the order. Those who are undocumented can use any photo I.D. It doesn’t have to be government issued. Testing is free. You do NOT need proof of insurance. Wait times are expected to be long. You will remain in your vehicle during the entire testing process.

Some shelves at local stores have been empty, of such things as toilet paper and disinfecting wipes, also, pasta, rice and potatoes, and other staples. Jessica Trowbridge is with the Denver corporate office of City Market. She was asked specifically about the City Market in Craig.

Trowbridge says the trucks are heading up to Northwest Colorado with supplies and food. She says the issue isn’t access to the product, it’s the panic buying and stocking up by customers.

Restaurants and bars in Craig and across Colorado are closed for dining, but open for takeout. Heather Savalox is the Senior Environmental Health Specialist with Routt County.

Savalox says that five people are allowed to be in a dining room at a restaurant at a time, picking up their order, and they have to be six feet apart.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Glenwood Springs is closing, until further notice. The Garfield County community has confirmed community spread of the COVID-19 so they are taking the appropriate precautions. Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices are asking everyone throughout the state to avoid visiting the offices when possible. State parks are staying open. They’d like to encourage everyone to get outside, exercise individually, get some fresh air and stay healthy.

The Quarry Visitor Center and the Quarry Exhibit Hall in Dinosaur have closed indefinitely. The outdoor areas of the monument are still open for hiking and other recreation. But no groups of ten people or more are allowed in the monument.

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