Moffat County Commissioners are preparing new guidelines and a variance request to go to the state. It will discuss swimming pools, and indoor and outdoor recreation, and the number of people who can gather together. Then they’ll wait to see what Governor Polis announces on Sunday as to new and updated regulations. The Moffat County commissioners will amend their variance request accordingly and then submit it.
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Moffat County is expected to start volunteer surveillance testing sometime soon. It’s being done in Routt County, where volunteers who don’t have symptoms are being asked to be tested, in case they have the virus and are asymptomatic.
Testing is also being done at group living facilities, such as retirement communities in Northwest Colorado. It’s done weekly if there is an outbreak or monthly if there is not, for staff and residents.
Atmos Energy wants to help out its customers during difficult times, like right now with the pandemic. Atmos Energy is temporarily suspending natural gas disconnections if someone hasn’t paid their bill. And they’re offering payment installment plans. Federal assistance funds are also available. Atmos Energy also has funds from the Sharing the Warmth program. Go to the Atmos Energy website, or give them a call their service team to find out more.
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There is a new case of the COVID-19 virus in Moffat County today. It was confirmed Monday by Moffat County Public Health. This is the first new case of the Coronavirus since late April, bringing the total to seven. The person who has tested positive is a female in her 20s, who lives in Moffat County. She will be given isolation orders and contact tracing will begin, to see where she may have gotten the virus, and who she has been in contact with since then. There have been 590 tests administered in Moffat County so far.
- Moffat County Link: https://routtgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/467d3f1adc3641839662cb02601639e9
The second variance request for Moffat County has been approved by Gov. Jared Polis. Restaurants can reopen to 30 percent capacity. Here’s Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck.
Bars have to stay closed. Tables need to be at least six feet apart. The full list of requirements for the restaurants is:
- Bars shall remain closed including those within a restaurant
- Curbside, takeout, and delivery service will continue to be utilized if possible
- Maintain social distancing by spreading tables out at least six feet apart, in-room dining shall follow strict physical distancing guidelines
- Limit the number of clients to 30% of fire code capacity and if patio dining is available maintain six foot spacing
- Use floor markings to maintain social distance between customers waiting in line
- Put physical barriers in place for high contact setting for instance cashiers
- If possible limit the employee numbers to reduce contact among staff, while maintain good customer service
- Use touchless payment whenever possible
- Employees and contracted workers whose duties include close contact with members of the public shall wear non-medical face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times
- The public shall wear face coverings while entering and until seated at their table
- Waiting areas shall maintain six foot distancing to reduce potential contact among customers
- Use reservations whenever possible
- Don’t allow public sharing of condiments or utensils, single use condiments should be utilized
- Restaurant employees must be screened each day before work. Those who are symptomatic must be tested and receive a negative test before returning to work or isolate for 7-10 days per CDC guidelines
- Customers must be asked if they are presenting covid-19 symptoms before entering, if the answer is yes they shall be excluded from entering the restaurant
Moffat County High School is honoring the 2020 Graduates with a Graduation Parade on Saturday. High School Principal Sarah Hepworth says, because of the pandemic, the Class of 2020 has learned to work with adversity.
Each of the nearly 100 seniors will be in their own vehicle in the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Principal Hepworth says everyone is invited.
The parade downtown then moves up to the high school parking lot for a private drive-by ceremony for the seniors.
But stick around downtown as the graduation parade then immediately turns into the Memorial Day Parade for the Moffat County community. You can still get an entry form at KS Kreations and the Downtown Business Center. It’s free to be in the parade on Saturday.
Full Interview with MCHS Principal Sarah Hepworth: https://soundcloud.com/user-259506165/mchs-principal-sarah-hepworth
Moffat County High School is honoring the 2020 Graduates with a Graduation Parade on Saturday. Here is school district superintendent Dave Ulrich.
There are about 100 seniors in the Bulldog Class of 2020. They’ll meet at 9 a.m. at the middle school and the parade starts at 10 a.m. down Yampa to Victory Way and eventually on to the high school. That’s where there will be a mini drive-by ceremony for each senior. The parade of the seniors through downtown Craig then turns into the Memorial Day Parade.
Tomorrow morning, hear what High School Principal Sarah Hepworth has to say about the Class of 2020, in the news and on the KRAI Facebook page.
More details from Craig Police: At 9 a.m. on May 23, 2020, the Seniors will be staging in the north parking lot of the middle school. Starting at 10 a.m. the Seniors will leave the parking lot and the route will be south on Yampa to Victory Way. The parade will turn right (west) on Victory traveling to Finley Lane. The parade will turn right (north) on to Finley Lane. The parade will continue north to the north parking lot of the Moffat County High School. While the parade is traveling on Finley Lane the following streets will be closed to traffic: 6th Street, 9th Street and Alta Vista Drive. These streets will be opened up once the parade passes each street.
The Moffat County Board of Health, of which Moffat County Commissioners are members, met Tuesday. The discussion was regarding two letters. One letter was about the Board of Health and the second was a letter being sent today to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about opening up the Moffat County community. Specifically, commissioners are asking that Moffat County restaurants can be opened at 30 percent capacity before Memorial Day. Here’s Commissioner Ray Beck.
Beck says the letter tells the Governor that Moffat County residents have followed his guidelines. And there haven’t been any positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in the county for a month. The request to the governor is being sent today.
Full Interview with Commissioner Ray Beck: https://soundcloud.com/user-259506165/ray-beck-interview
Numbers continue to stay stagnant in Moffat County for the COVID-19 virus. The amount of people getting tested has gone up to 530, but there aren’t any new cases after the six positive cases that started in late March.
Routt County is reporting one new case of the COVID-19 virus today. The last person that tested positive was tested back on April 30. Since Friday, 1,518 people have been tested in Routt County with 60 positive cases, and six reported deaths.
Memorial Regional Health in Craig is trying to get back to business as usual. The Craig Press reports that the local hospital is performing elective surgeries. Those surgeries continued locally. Steamboat’s hospital was not allowed to do elective surgeries and the hospital in Meeker chose not to. So some were done in Craig. The local hospital has also received some federal funding and grants designed to help rural hospitals. The hospital has also been trying to cut $850,000 in monthly expenses. The MRH CEO Andy Daniels told the Craig Press, “We’re in good shape right now.”
The variance for Moffat County has been approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. It took about two weeks for the approval from the Governor’s office. The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners had requested a variance on retail, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship, since confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have stayed at six, and not gone up. The businesses are allowed to open, with proper social distancing and facemasks for employees and participants. The complete document and list of requirements is on the KRAI website and Facebook page. (See below.)
Community testing continues in Routt and Moffat Counties. Director of Public Health for both counties is Kari Ladrow. She says there will be more testing this week in vulnerable populations such as The Haven in Hayden, Casey’s Pond in Steamboat, and Sandrock Ridge in Craig.