KRAI News for Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

Moffat County is now in the Safer-At-Home Orange Level as ordered by the state. That’s due to the sharp increase of COVID cases in the community recently, with 40 reported since the last update on Friday for a total number of 187. Of those new cases, 22 are females and 18 are males. The number of active cases of COVID in Moffat County right now is at 53. Four Moffat County residents are in the hospital due to COVID-related illnesses. Three residents of the county were transferred to other hospitals for a higher level of care. Two people have died.

Moffat County facilities will be closed to the public next week. Commissioners unanimously approved three extra days added on to the Thanksgiving holiday next week because of the surge of COVID cases in the community. The resolution sited positive COVID cases among Moffat County employees. It’s a way of having the county employees not be in the same office or in physical contact with each other during the holiday week. Moffat County Sheriff’s officers have until the end of March to use their three extra vacation days. All county facilities are closed to the public next week except for the Public Safety Center, the Moffat County Landfill, and the third floor of the Moffat County Courthouse.

With the new Orange Level, which is considered High Risk, the Moffat County School District has released a statement. The current plan continues for now, with in-person learning at preschool and elementary schools, and a hybrid version at the middle school and high school. Some students are utilizing a virtual option. School District Superintendent Scott Pankow says this format will continue as long as conditions allow, including the second semester. He says they are monitoring the ever-changing situation, with the health and safety at the forefront to all of their decision making.

Routt County Public Health officials are dealing with the new Red/Severe Risk Level, as ordered by the state. It goes into effect tomorrow. Steamboat Springs City Hall, Parks & Rec and other city offices are closed to the public as of Friday. Routt County’s count is at 443, with 25 cases reported in one day yesterday, for a total of 118 cases in one week.

Both Routt and Moffat Counties are experiencing Community Spread which means people who get COVID don’t always know where or when or how they got it. Just assume that anyone you meet has it.

The body of a man was found in his camper near Flaming Gorge Reservoir, in Wyoming. Deputies from the Sweetwater Sheriff’s Office thinks the body had been there for several months and the death does not seem suspicious. They are asking for help if anyone has any information.

Rio Blanco County is reminding folks to watch out for scam calls using robocalls or sometimes live callers. Many have been calling about a fraudulent Social Security scam. Don’t fall for it and never give someone your social security number or credit card information over the phone to a random caller.

From Routt County Public Health… As we head into the holidays, remember to limit your social gatherings to those in your household. Help make COVID stop with you.

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