Two new COVID-19 variants have been found in Routt County. One is considered a “variant of concern” by the Centers for Disease Control. It is under investigation. The Colorado Department of Environmental Health and Protection is taking the lead on the case and contact tracing. Routt County Public Health is also actively involved.
CDPHE’s FAQs on variants: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KEPspXkwtrzn6v5oFcKfIHzBdMjAdqhL/view
The CDPHE is reporting 1,734 total cases of COVID-19 in Routt County since the pandemic began. There were only three new cases reported on Tuesday. That works out to 88 cases in a week and 205 cases in the past two weeks for Routt County.
Moffat County has 16 active cases of COVID-19 right now, with a total of 760 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
Moffat County Public Health has transitioned to an online electronic medical record for scheduling immunizations. This is the only way people can sign up for their COVID vaccines now. Two first dose clinics are posted for next week. Check the new portal to schedule an appointment. The link is on the KRAI website and Facebook page. For those who have had their first dose from Public Health, they will get a call to schedule their second dose.
ReFund Colorado is a state tax refund program where taxpayers can designate some of their tax refund to benefit non-profits. One of those asking for your help is the Humane Society of Moffat County. Mary Blakeman is on the board of the local humane society. She says the group has served the community since 2002. And this year, they are unable to fundraise as in years past.
Money will be used to help with spaying and neutering shelter pets. The money will help with food and kitty litter, and any residents who may need help feeding their pets. It will also help with the new dog park on Jeffco Drive in Craig. Find out more at RefundWhatMatters.org Humane Society of Moffat County Registration Number is 200730066275. Find out more at RefundWhatMatters.org
List of those participating: https://www.sos.state.co.us/
A woman is safe today after getting lost on her hike on Sunday. Rio Blanco County Search and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office helped the 52-year-old woman who had gotten lost from where she parked her car. She was cold and needed help getting out. The Communications Center was able to figure out her location with GPS. The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office used their new K9, and two other Rangely residents brought their dogs, which all helped find her. Classic Air Medical flew over the area and spotted her as well, and then landed to pick her up and get her back to her car. The mission was successful.
Close to 7 ½ million dollars ($7.4 million) has been awarded to 722 arts groups. One of those is the TANK Center for Sonic Arts in Rio Blanco County. Three others are in Routt County including Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Steamboat Springs Council of the Arts & Humanities, and Strings Music Festival. Colorado Creative Industries announced the funding through the Colorado Arts Relief Fund. The money awarded was made possible by the Colorado legislature during the special session in December.
- Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, $50,000 – Routt County
- Steamboat Springs Council of the Arts & Humanities, $12,000 – Routt County
- Strings Music Festival, $75,000 – Routt County
- The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, Inc., $7,500 – Rio Blanco County
Complete list: https://oedit.colorado.gov/colorado-arts-relief-grant
A new Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charging Station is now in the Town of Yampa. It’s a fast charger at the Travelodge in Yampa’s central business district. The benefit is having a charger station servicing the travel corridor on Highway 131, between Steamboat and I-70. It also is beneficial for those on the Flattops Scenic Byway, connecting Yampa to Meeker. That’s where another charging station is located, operated by the White River Electric Association. The new charger in Yampa was made possible in a partnership with Yampa Valley Electric Association, Routt County, the Town of Yampa and other energy sources.
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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