KRAI News for Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Routt County is reporting that a group of international travelers from Australia, who stayed in Steamboat Springs March 10-12, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They visited local establishments and had contact with numerous people. The Routt County website says, “We now assume that community-level transmission of COVID-19 is now occurring in Routt County and proper precautions should remain at the forefront. It is vital that every member and organization in our community practice disease prevention measures.  That includes limit contact with others and self-monitor for the illness. Sick people should stay at home. Isolate yourself for ten days from the onset of symptoms. Only call 911 for an emergency that would require life-saving care.

Routt County has set up Level One Activation of the Emergency Operation Center. That’s the highest level of activation. Beth Melton is the Routt County Commissioner.

Routt County also has an Emergency Operations Manager and Public Health Director, who are working with a team that is trained on emergency response functions to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State of Colorado has a new website with all of the current information and resources regarding the outbreak. The new website is https://covid19.colorado.gov/

Moffat County schools will stay closed now, through Tuesday, March 31. This is in response to the Coronavirus and recommendations from the state and federal government. Three sites will be set up for grab-and-go lunches for K-12 students. That’s at the Early Childhood Center, and Ridgeview and Sandrock schools. Principals will be in their buildings from 7-9 a.m. on Monday, March 23, to distribute iPads to any 1st through 12th grade students who did not get one.

CHSAA has extended the moratorium on spring sports and activities now through April 18. The decision was made by the Colorado High School Activities Association after the most recent recommendation from state and federal health officials. CHSAA is encouraging schools to set strict standards on student gatherings outside the high school. All music events and tournaments are canceled. This is for all Colorado high schools, including Moffat County, Hayden, Soroco, and Steamboat Springs.

Yampa Valley Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Response Fund. It’s to help deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the Coronavirus outbreak, in both the Moffat and Routt County communities. Donations can be made through the YVCF website at https://yvcf.org/covid19/

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak.

The 14th Judicial District and county courts in Moffat and Routt County are now closed to public access as a precaution against the spread of the virus.

The Moffat County Department of Human Services is conducting phone interviews only for Food Assistance, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, Child Support Services, Employment First, Child Care Assistance, and Workforce Development. A link to apply online is on the KRAI website. Link: https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/

In other news, Moffat County commissioners have approved funding for Open Heart Advocates. Commissioners will provide up to $6,250 a month. Craig City Council will decide on how to help at their meeting on March 24. The county will fund no more than $56K to Open Heart Advocates through the rest of 2020.

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

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