KRAI News for Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Moffat Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement regarding the wearing of masks in Moffat County. While Colorado Governor Jared Polis has issued an Executive Order that masks are required in the state, the Moffat County Sheriffs Office says their deputies will not take criminal enforcement action, or issue citations or fines to citizens or businesses who are not wearing a mask. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume added to be kind and be respectful, and to support local business owners, the citizens of Moffat County, and their personal choices. He adds, “If that includes wearing a mask, we support you; if it does not, we support you.”

The Walmart store in Craig will continue to require masks at the local store, as it is a directive from the corporate office.

Moffat County has a new confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus as of Monday. A male in his 50s who lives in Moffat County has tested positive. Isolation orders are pending. The number stands at 18 confirmed cases, with five still active. The number of tests administered is at 1,179.

In other numbers…

North of Moffat County, in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, they have 33 active patients out of 169 positive cases of COVID-19.

The total number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County is 87. There are 13 active cases right now with 204 cases pending in the county.

Routt County Commissioners are looking into getting test results for COVID-19 back quicker. The state lab is taking over a week for results. Here’s Commissioner Tim Corrigan.

Commissioners will ask UCHealth how they’re doing it, as their turnaround time is about 72 hours. The counties of Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield are working on a regional strategy, which commissioners may also explore.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Routt County Commissioners were also told on Monday that UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center will start providing information on number of hospitalizations locally. The hospital told Routt County Public Health that they plan to get that information to them before their twice weekly updates. Those updates are on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

A bench warrant has been issued for Rick Barnes, after he issued a plea deal in a sexual assault case. 53-year-old Barnes was supposed to file a Consent of Surety with Moffat County District Court and it didn’t get done so the warrant was issued. The Craig Press reports Barnes is facing 20 to 25 years in prison with his plea deal. He is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 11, and then the sentencing hearing is Sept. 16.

A man died over the weekend at Flaming Gorge in Wyoming. 63-year-old Frank Ortega of Green River was snorkeling alone in windy conditions in Flaming Gorge Reservoir. His friends lost sight of him and they started searching. They pulled him from the water but couldn’t revive him.

Cutthroat Trout. Photo courtesy Meghan Lukens.

If you plan to do some trout fishing, consider going early in the day, or maybe in a higher altitude lake or stream. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says hot and dry conditions along with reduced water levels are increasing the stress to the trout populations in much of Colorado. Trout are cold-water fish that function better in water that is between 50 and 60 degrees. When water gets above 70 degrees, they can stop feeding, and be susceptible to disease. CPW hasn’t issued any closures, but they are monitoring the waters and fisheries across Colorado.

The City of Craig is offering a free training course that starts this Friday. It’s for Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, and AED. The class is 8 a.m. to noon each day through Tuesday. You have to be 15 years old and there is a swim test that is required before you can sign up. There are some lifeguard positions open right now.

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

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