KRAI News for Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020

The Moderna vaccine is supposed to arrive in Moffat County sometime today. It will go straight to Memorial Regional Health where health care workers who deal directly with COVID-19 patients will get vaccinated first. About 400 doses of the vaccine are expected, according to Jennifer Riley, who is the Vice President and COO of the hospital.

Employees at the hospital are scheduled to be vaccinated this evening, and Tuesday and Wednesday.

The first round of vaccinations for Routt County has just wrapped up at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. Emergency Department Physician Dr. Laila Powers was second in line to be vaccinated.

Health care workers were vaccinated first, as mandated by the state. Routt County is also getting a shipment of the Moderna vaccine this week, and it could arrive as early as today.

Another person has passed away in the COVID-19 Unit at Memorial Regional Health. That death has yet to be confirmed from the Moffat County Coroner. When that happens, Moffat County would have 21 deaths related to COVID-19. Three other patients are at MRH right now, in the COVID-19 unit.

Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is at 595, which is seven more cases than yesterday. 141 cases are active.

(File Photo) Moffat County Commissioners

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is meeting this morning. On the agenda, a discussion on the Wolf Reintroduction. Mindy Curtis has a report from the Finance Department and Dan Miller reports from Road and Bridge. You  can watch the meeting via ZOOM. That link is on our website and Facebook page. Join Zoom Meeting —

Rio Blanco County has three more cases of COVID today, for 255 total since March. Rio Blanco County has 32 cases in the past week and 73 cases in two weeks.  Two people have died from COVID in Rio Blanco County.

 Routt County now has 957 cases of COVID-19 since March, according to the CDPHE on Monday afternoon. That’s six new cases from yesterday. This is the fourth day in a row that Routt County has had new cases in the single digits, instead of double digits almost every day for most of December. The number of cases in one week is at 65. The number of COVID deaths in Routt County is 18.

Season B sports can now start practicing Jan. 18. That’s the word from CHSAA, which is the governing body for high school activities in the state. This includes basketball, hockey, skiing, wrestling, and girls swimming. Games can start Jan. 25.

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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