KRAI News for Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Moffat County Weed and Pest Management will be doing aerial spraying for mosquitos on Wednesday and Thursday, July 1-2, over Craig and Maybell. Spraying is dependent on the weather but it will probably happen in either early morning or late evening on those dates.

Aerial spraying is also being done in Meeker, along the river within town limits and outlying adjacent areas. It will happen early in the morning or before dusk starting this Saturday, through July 3, depending on the weather.

Moffat County does not have any active cases of the COVID-19 virus right now. But in neighboring counties, it’s a different story. Sweetwater County in Wyoming, on the northern border of Moffat County, confirmed nine new cases over the weekend with 17 new cases in the last week. One was a hospital employee. County officials say most are tied to poor social distancing at local bars or public gatherings.

Routt County has two new cases of the COVID-19 virus today for a total of four in four days. A woman in her 20s was identified through contact tracing, with a former positive case. The second case is a man in his 80s who had traveled out of state to attend a large event. A woman in her 50s also contracted the virus when traveling out of state. The fourth case is an 18-year-old woman.

Routt County Commissioners heard the news at their meeting Tuesday. Commissioner Beth Melton asked county officials that the public be informed about patterns of who gets the virus, and how they get it, such as whether they traveled outside of Routt County and brought the virus back.

Commissioner Doug Monger agreed that the messaging is important heading into the summer season.

Commissioner Tim Corrigan says four new cases is not a cause for panic.

Routt County is at risk of not getting variance approval from the state for larger group gatherings. According to the state, a low spread would mean seven cases in Routt County over two weeks. A medium viral spread would be 13 cases in two weeks. A high spread would be 26 cases in a two-week period.

There are now 67 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County, with four active cases and 46 results pending, and 3,364 people tested.

The Wave Pool in Craig is scheduled to open this Saturday. That’s the plan. The pool has been resurfaced so that was the reason for the delay. Caroline Riley is the Aquatics Manager at the Craig Swimming Complex. She says the 180,000 gallons of water is in and the heaters are going so they hope to be ready by the weekend.

Also, more people are now allowed in the lap pool. The capacity has increased to 88 swimmers. And you don’t have to make a reservation anymore. Walk-ins are welcome. There are also set times for lap swimming and water aerobics.

Lauren Boebert from Rifle is running for Congress, and she’ll be in Craig this afternoon, from 5:30 to 6:30 at Loudy Simpson Park.

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


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