Trick-or-Treat Street in downtown Craig has been canceled for this coming Halloween. It’s because of the recent uptick of cases of COVID-19 in Moffat County. Kandee Dilldine organizes the event for the Downtown Business Association.
Moffat County Public Health Director Kari Ladrow says it was a difficult decision and they tried locally to work with the Downtown Business Association to come up with different solutions, but in the end, under the advisement of the state and in an effort to safeguard Moffat County’s Protect Our Neighbors status, the downtown Halloween event had to be canceled.
Trunk or treat at Victory Motors is also canceled.
Moffat County Public Health is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the county since Friday. The number of positive cases in Moffat County is now at 61. Eight of the 11 cases are women. Four of the positive cases are men and women in their 60s. The local board of health is working on mitigation strategies. The number of cases has to start going back down or Moffat County will lose its status of Protect Our Neighbors. Public Health is also working with the Downtown Business Association to discuss Halloween plans, and talking to the school district about Homecoming activities.
But, there is some good news, and it’s from Memorial Regional Health, where it was reported that four employees tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Surveillance testing has been done among patients and staff who may have been in close contact with those employees. There have been zero additional positive cases.
A Hayden man is in the Routt County Jail for nine charges, including 2nd degree burglary, larceny, and theft. 31-year-old Joshua Milligan was already serving a sentence on other charges. Hayden Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski said burglaries had been happening in storage units. They had probable cause to get a search warrant on Milligan’s residence in Hayden.
Chief Tuliszewski says the investigation happened because of interagency cooperation with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Milligan has a court date today, more court dates scheduled for next month, and a jury trial on four other charges of second degree assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, and obstruction of a telephone in December.
Students in Moffat County may be able to have in-person learning for second semester. School district officials are considering it and have put in a plan to Moffat County Public Health for approval. It would let the middle school and high school kids get back into the buildings full-time. Moffat County School District Superintendent Scott Pankow says he’s been getting feedback from staff, students, and parents, and looking at achievement data.
That would be in January. The plan would also have to be approved by the Moffat County School Board.
Four employees of Memorial Regional Health in Craig have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, since last Monday. Isolation orders have been issued for each employee. Surveillance testing started Friday and will continue this week. All patients and staff who have been in contact with the employees have been contacted and are being tested. None have been positive. Jennifer Riley with Memorial Regional Health says staff at the hospital is being very careful.
At the hospital, only one visitor is allowed per patient, and everyone gets screened and wears a mask. MRH is closed to all public access. The retail pharmacy is still open, but will take extra precautions.
There won’t be any football this weekend in Moffat County. For the second week in a row, the team that was scheduled to play the Bulldogs had to cancel because of players in quarantine from COVID. So the Englewood Pirates won’t be in Craig tonight. Moffat County Athletic Director Jeremy Cheuvront says they reached out to CHSAA to see if any other teams in Colorado were in the same situation.
Cheuvront says the Bulldogs will try to regroup and get ready for an away game the next weekend, against Elizabeth.
Highway 40 was closed after an accident east of Craig Wednesday afternoon. Colorado State Patrol says a Moffat County school bus was stopped on the highway, near mile marker 96. A Toyota Camry was stopped behind the school bus. Then a Subaru rear-ended that Toyota Camry. The driver of the Subaru had to be extricated from the car. The male, between the ages of 60 and 65, was taken to the hospital, and he was the only one hurt. The bus wasn’t hit in the incident and no kids were hurt. Continue reading →
Craig Police would like your help with information of a burglary at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell. The two videos of the burglary are on our Facebook page. The suspect was wearing jeans and a gray hoody. Police were called at 8:48 a.m. Sunday. So they think it happened late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Cash was what was taken. Call Officer Kennell at Craig Police at 970-824-8111 if you have any information. Video: https://www.facebook.com/CraigPoliceDepartment/videos/1346677112357197
A person at Ridgeview Elementary School in Craig has tested positive for COVID-19. The classes are in what’s being called a “cohort.” The cohort with the individual has received quarantine instructions. They have all been dismissed from class. The school district cleaned the room and common areas that might have been impacted last night. The Moffat County School District and Moffat County Department of Public Health are now working on contact tracing.Continue reading →
In local football Friday night, it wasn’t a good kickoff to the season for the Moffat County Bulldogs. The team from Craig lost to the Meeker Cowboys, 36-14, after being tied at halftime.
Moffat County is at home this Friday night against the Englewood Pirates. Seating for the game will be limited. Family members of the players have priority as does the student body. They’ll be purchasing tickets first. Once that has been done, the remaining tickets will be released at 8 a.m. Thursday morning through GoFan.co Tickets will not be available at the door on the night of the game.
Moffat County is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 this week. One is a young man under five years old. The second case is a male in his 30s. Moffat County has now had 45 positive cases of COVID-19. The two cases are active now and there has been one death, with 2,885 tests administered.