KRAI News for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden is reporting three more positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of five in the past two days. Two men in their 80s who live at The Haven have tested positive. Three staff are positive. That’s a woman in her 30s from Routt County. And then two Moffat County residents… A man in his 70s and a woman in her 20s. That brings the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 to 98 in Routt County. Public Health in Moffat County is reporting 23 confirmed cases. Because of the new cases at The Haven, Routt County will be filing an outbreak status notification with the state.

Moffat County has joined a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, for its role in the opioid epidemic. County Commissioners voted to file a claim in the bankruptcy proceeding against the company that makes OxyContin, which is the drug at the center of the crisis. The proposed settlement could be worth an estimated $10 billion dollars divided by all of those counties and cities in the lawsuit. Moffat County joins Routt County in the claim.

News from Wyoming…

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed rumors of a bestiality investigation. It happened with some horses in a locked corral, north of Rock Springs. The owner of the corral was suspicious and set up a camera and caught the man. Detectives identified him and interviewed him. He admitted to initiating the sexual activities. Investigators have not yet filed formal charges.

The State of Wyoming plans to give 500,000 face masks to each of Wyoming’s 48 school districts. They’ll be reusable, distributed by the department of Health and Education and Office of Homeland Security.

Photo courtesy Tara Nultemeier

Jake Hedrick missed another online court appearance today. He’s the 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man who was issued a citation for allegedly spray painting red hearts all over Steamboat. Judge Garrecht says he expects Hedrick to show up soon or he’ll have to issue another warrant for his arrest, which could happen Wednesday afternoon. Two bench warrants were issued last week when Hedrick missed two hearings for Revocation of Probation.

Unemployment assistance payments ended last Saturday. For many, that’s about $600 dollars a week in a supplemental tack-on to their standard benefit, paid during the pandemic. In Moffat County, residents will be losing $170,400 dollars a week in personal income due to the loss of the extra payment with standard unemployment insurance payments. That’s 284 people. In Routt County, that’s a total of $817,800 dollars a week for over 2,000 people receiving unemployment insurance. Jessica Valand is the Director of Workforce Development. She says fewer than 500 jobs are posted in Routt County.

Valand says the jobs that are most available are in accommodations, food services, and retail.

Kim Keith is the Routt County Director of Human Services. She said with unemployment payments running out, she expects to see an increase in requests for food and cash assistance and benefits.

Keith says she’s on the board of LiftUp and they’re preparing to possibly see another wave of need of assistance as well.

Routt County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Health, will vote today whether to extend the public health ordinance, which would include the wearing of masks in Routt County, since the state’s order runs out Aug. 16. You may listen to the meeting via Zoom. It starts at 10 a.m. Public comment is at 11:30 a.m.

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