KRAI News for Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Numbers continue to stay stagnant in Moffat County for the COVID-19 virus. The amount of people getting tested has gone up to 530, but there aren’t any new cases after the six positive cases that started in late March.

Routt County is reporting one new case of the COVID-19 virus today. The last person that tested positive was tested back on April 30. Since Friday, 1,518 people have been tested in Routt County with 60 positive cases, and six reported deaths.

Drive-thru community testing for the COVID-19 virus continues, for Routt and Moffat County residents. Testing is tomorrow, and then May 27 and 30. It’s at the concession stand at the rodeo grounds at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat. You must make an appointment in advance through Moffat County Public Health.

People with symptoms of the virus can get tested at both hospitals in Rio Blanco County. In Meeker, appointments can be scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays in the rear parking lot of the Fairfield Center. In Rangely, there is a drive-thru testing site at Rangely District Hospital, available for an hour, at noon, Monday through Friday. The Herald Times reports you need to make an appointment first to be tested and you can find those phone numbers on our website.

  • In Meeker, call 970-878-9520. Appointments will be scheduled on Fridays between 12-2 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the Fairfield Center (public health offices).
  • In Rangely, call 970-620-3969. Appointments will be scheduled at the Rangely District Hospital drive-through testing site, Monday through Friday between 12-1 p.m.

The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series has canceled its entire season for this summer. John Shipley is the announcer of the rodeo, and president of the rodeo board.

Shipley says the current volunteers are very loyal.

Shipley adds that the first rodeo in Steamboat was in the early 1900s, which means this summer will be the first time in 117 years that there won’t be a rodeo in Routt County.

The Eagle County Fair and Rodeo has also been canceled. Middle Park in Kremmling is still planning to have their fair and rodeo this summer. The Meeker Summer Rodeo Series is also still scheduled.

Triple Crown baseball will be discussed at tonight’s Steamboat Springs City Council meeting. Triple Crown baseball and softball teams from across the county would be in Northwest Colorado for seven weekends this summer, bringing in between 1000 and 2500 people per weekend. A petition was started by local residents asking that Triple Crown teams NOT come to Steamboat. There are over 2,400 signatures on it. One thing that is important to remember is that state orders right now don’t allow sports teams to congregate in Colorado. But the governor could change that. Dr. Brian Harrington is the Public Health officer for both Moffat and Routt Counties. He says he spoke with Triple Crown organizers on Monday about three areas of concern.

This is the last year of Triple Crown’s contract to have the event in Steamboat. Steamboat Springs City Council is discussing Triple Crown at their meeting tonight.

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

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