KRAI News for Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020

The Moffat County Coroner has confirmed that two more Moffat County residents have died due to COVID. One person died this week and another during the week of Dec. 20, both at Memorial Regional Health, for a total of 22 deaths. That’s according to Moffat County Public Health. Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is now at 640 confirmed cases, as of this morning. Right now, there are 172 active cases of COVID-19 in Moffat County. 446 people have recovered. 7,244 tests have been administered.

Rio Blanco County has 264 cases as of Tuesday night. That’s according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. That’s two new cases from the day before with seven cases in a week and 35 cases in two weeks, and two deaths.

Routt County now has 1,023 positive cases as of Tuesday evening, according to the CDPHE. There are 10 new cases since the day before. Routt County has had 59 cases in a week; 118 cases in two weeks. The number of deaths from COVID in Routt County is at 18.

Photos courtesy The Haven.



Thirteen residents and six staff at The Haven Assisted Living facility in Hayden received COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday. The Haven reports that all of the residents and 85 percent of the staff are now immunized with their first round of the vaccine. Routt County Public Health set up a mobile clinic at The Haven to do the vaccinations.

All of the new snow has caused concern for avalanches in the backcountry. An avalanche watch has been in effect for Steamboat and Flat Tops, the Front Range, Vail and Summit County, with an Avalanche Warning for many other parts of Colorado. Four people have died from avalanches this month. A snowmobiler triggered an avalanche and was partially buried on Elliot’s Ridge, south of Kremmling last week. Colorado Avalanche Information Center says, “Large, dangerous, human-triggered avalanches could be likely in many parts of Colorado. Travel in, near, or under avalanche terrain is not recommended.”


Three people have been appointed to the Routt County Fair Advisory Board. David Long and Lane Iacovetto are renewing their terms. Kody May is new to the board.

Routt County Commissioners approved the Fair Board at their meeting Tuesday.

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.

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

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