KRAI News for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Moffat County officials and staff at Memorial Regional Health are working to educate and prepare residents about the COVID-19, or Coronavirus. Seminars have been held for hospital staff and they’ve been told of the best practices to follow moving forward. Screening procedures are being put in place at the Emergency Room and other clinics. EMS Dispatch knows the questions to ask when residents call in, and then first responders can be given a heads up. MRH is also working closely with the public health departments in Moffat, Routt, Jackson, and Rio Blanco Counties.

Nine people have tested positive in Colorado for the Coronavirus. No one yet in Routt or Moffat Counties. The Colorado Sun is tracking cases as they are announced and that link is: Link: https://coloradosun.com/2020/03/08/colorado-coronavirus-cases-map/?fbclid=IwAR0jcvT7tnkbb-JSwl75oBsEnNn3FYyMkde49qqvB5XxlPOm-So4cyeiXBM

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

New visitor restrictions are in place at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat. Visitors with cold or flu symptoms cannot come into the hospital. No more than two visitors allowed at one time. No one under 12 years old can visit. And only one visitor at a time with a patient who is suspected to have COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. These policies are in effect for all UCHealth hospitals in the state, including in Steamboat.

Local providers are not running tests yet in the Yampa Valley. Dr. Brian Harrington is the public medical officer for Moffat and Routt Counties. He says tests won’t be for at least another week. Testing will be on a priority basis, especially those who are sick and may have visited a country where the Coronavirus is prevalent, or been in contact with a confirmed case. Children are at low risk; those 80 and over and those with a chronic medical condition are at a higher risk.

An Amtrak train was delayed Sunday in Byers Canyon. That’s in Grand County, west of Kremmling. There was a snowslide on the tracks. Crews had to help clear enough snow until the train was able to break through, and continue on its route safely.

Glenwood Springs attorney Karl Hanlon has announced he’ll challenge Republican state senator Bob Rankin of Carbondale for the District 8 seat. Former Eagle County Commissioner and Carbondale resident Arn Menconi has also announced that he’ll seek the Democrat nomination. District 8 represents Routt, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Summit counties in the Colorado Legislature.

This year’s presidential primary was the first time in Colorado history where 17-year-old Colorado residents were eligible to vote. And they did, casting over 10,500 ballots last Tuesday. They have to have turned 18 by the General Election in November to vote. In Moffat County, there were 19 people who were 17-years old who voted in the primary. In Routt County, there were 40 voters of that age.

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