KRAI News for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Moffat County Public Health is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since Friday. The number of positive cases in Moffat County is now at 61. Eight of the 11 cases are women. Four of the positive cases are men and women in their 60s. The local board of health is working on mitigation strategies. The number of cases has to start going back down or Moffat County will lose its status of Protect Our Neighbors. Public Health is also working with the Downtown Business Association to discuss Halloween plans, and talking to the school district about Homecoming activities.

But, there is some good news, and it’s from Memorial Regional Health, where it was reported that four employees tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Surveillance testing has been done among patients and staff who may have been in close contact with those employees. There have been zero additional positive cases.



Routt County may have to have a new Public Health order because of the highest amount of COVID-19 cases reported in one week, since the pandemic began. There are 21 new cases in the past week with 31 cases in two weeks for a total of 194.

That’s Commissioner Tim Corrigan. He and local public health officials will be on a phone call before the weekend to discuss mitigation options for Routt County with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Here’s Commissioner Doug Monger.

For the good news, there have been no positive cases from those who are quarantined from Steamboat Springs High School, and from the four positive cases at Casey’s Pond Assisted Living Center.

East Troublesome Fire courtesy Valerie Pence

Eight fires are burning in Colorado right now including the Middle Fork Fire in Routt National Forest. While Moffat County is in Stage I Fire Restrictions, Routt County is still in Stage II. That means no fires and no exceptions. This is campfires and firepits, no welding or tracers or fireworks. Vehicles have to stay on designated routes because a hot engine could ignite vegetation. And no smoking outside anywhere in Routt County. You can only smoke in an enclosed vehicle or building. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control says fire danger will increase throughout the state because of the wind and critically low relative humidity over the next few days.

Ballot Count… 1,461 ballots have been turned in as of Wednesday to the Moffat County Clerk & Recorder’s office. Ballots can be mailed or taken to the 24-hour Election Drop Box at the east entrance of the Moffat County Courthouse. The Voter Service and Polling Center is also open during regular business hours in the courthouse.

The School Board meets today. A work session starts at 4 p.m. and the regular session is at 6:30. The meeting is in the cafeteria at 600 Texas Avenue or you can join via Zoom.  Link to Zoom:

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Craig Police will be outside of the Craig Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday to collect outdated or unused prescription drugs. The Drug Take Back Day is being organized by Craig Police and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Open Heart Advocates, Walmart, the Moffat County Coroner’s Office, and the nursing program at CNCC.

From Routt County Public Health… Numbers are at their highest since the start of the pandemic. Continue to be careful and keep everyone safe. Help make COVID stop with you.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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