KRAI News for Friday, July 17, 2020

Moffat County Public Health is reporting a new case of the COVID-19 virus. A woman in her 20s, who lives in Moffat County has tested positive. Isolation orders are pending. This is the 17th positive case of COVID-19 in Moffat County.

Wear your mask if you’re out in public or in a business. It’s now a statewide rule for all indoor and public spaces throughout Colorado. The mandatory statewide mask order has been issued by Governor Jared Polis. It is in effect for 30 days, possibly longer. There are a few exceptions from the Governor’s office. Kids under 10 don’t have to wear a mask. Same with those who can’t medically tolerate a face covering. A few other exemptions would be those who are hearing impaired and need to see someone’s mouth to communicate. You don’t have to wear a mask when seated at a restaurant. You don’t have to wear a mask if you’re receiving a service where the temporary removal of the mask is necessary to perform that service. Those actively engaged in public safety don’t have to wear a mask. That would be law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel. You don’t have to wear a mask if officiating at a religious service, or giving a speech for broadcast or for an audience. The list has been posted on the KRAI Facebook page.

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KRAI News for Thursday, July 15, 2020

Four fires are burning in Rio Blanco County, southwest of Meeker. It’s getting smoky there. The Bureau of Land Management is working a fire in the Wilderness Study area. That’s west of Powell Park. Three other fires are burning in the Piceance Creek area south of Colorado Highway 64. The Fawn Creek Fire is over 2,400 acres. Work crews are trying to burn off vegetation between the fire and the roads of the Stewart Fire which is just over 100 acres. The Wolf Fire has grown to 300 acres. All of the fires are at zero percent containment as of Wednesday evening. Fire crews are worried about fire behavior as the weather warms and the winds pick up. The public is being asked to avoid the area so the firefighters can do their jobs. Rio Blanco County is under Stage One Fire Restrictions, as is Moffat County.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Open Burn near Hayden

Moffat County and Rio Blanco County have placed restrictions on open burning. This is Stage One fire restrictions. In Moffat County, it’s on all unincorporated private land in the county, along with BLM and Forest Service land. It’s effective today. Fire danger is very high because of the warm and dry weather. This means no open burning except in a permanently constructed fire grate like at a campground. No explosive materials like fireworks or tracer rounds. No welding or use of torches except in a safe area where there isn’t any flammable material within at least ten feet on all sides. No smoking near combustible materials, or using any internal combustion engine without a spark arresting device that works.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Routt County Public Health Director Kari Ladrow has submitted her resignation to county officials. She will become the full-time Public Health Director for Moffat County, as of July 25. The two counties have shared the services of Ladrow. Routt County officials had asked that the joint agreement ends and that Ladrow only works for Routt County. On Monday, Ladrow informed county commissioners that she has decided to work full-time for Moffat County. At their meeting Monday, Routt County commissioners said they’re working on finding a permanent replacement for Ladrow and that it is the number one priority right now for HR.

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KRAI News for Monday, July 13, 2020

The Highway 40 Bar & Grill in Hayden was on fire Sunday morning. West Routt Fire Protection was on the scene to find smoke filling the rooms upstairs. They got the fire out and no one was hurt. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue showed up to help, as did Colorado State Patrol, Hayden Police, and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of the fire in Hayden is under investigation. The Fais-do-do Bistro food truck is having a fundraiser for the Highway 40 Bar & Grill this Friday morning. They’re parked a block west of the building, on the south side of Highway 40.

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KRAI News for Friday, July 10, 2020

Moffat County has another new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus today. This means two new cases in just 24 hours. The latest is a male in his 60s who lives in the county. This brings the total number of positive cases in Moffat County to 15. Contact tracing will begin and isolation orders are pending. There have been 1,126 tests administered.

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KRAI News for Thursday, July 9, 2020

One person has died in Moffat County, due to the COVID-19 virus. A woman in her 90s died from complications to COVID-19. This is the first death in Moffat County from the virus.

Moffat County also has another new confirmed positive case of COVID-19 today. A female in her 30s, who lives in Moffat County, has tested positive. This is the fifth positive case since June 25 in Moffat County, where there have been a total of 14 positive cases. Contact tracing has begun and isolation orders are pending.

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KRAI News for Wednesday, July 8, 2020

From Moffat County Sheriff’s Office

Firefighters are battling a wildfire along Highway 13 near Colowyo Mine, which was evacuated yesterday. It’s close to Mile Marker 62, about 15 miles north of Meeker, but in Moffat County. Over 1,100 acres have burned, along with some powerline poles, and there is a threat to some nearby ranches. Highway 13 was closed for a while since the fire jumped the highway and continued to spread. Craig Fire and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office are working the fire along with the Bureau of Land Management. The Streeter Fire has been updated to a Type III Incident Command Fire.

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KRAI News for Tuesday, July 7, 2020

No new updates from Moffat or Routt County on cases of the COVID-19 virus. Updates are expected today. Moffat County has had 13 people test positive and Routt County has had 78.

Garfield County has had 319 cases with over 100 in the past month. Now an employee at the Glenwood Springs Community Center has tested positive so it has been closed. It’s the person who checks people in to swim laps. Masks are required in Glenwood Springs through at least August. Council there is sending a letter to Governor Jared Polis asking for a statewide face-covering order for all of Colorado.

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KRAI News for Monday, July 6, 2020

No new cases to report today of the COVID-19 virus in Moffat County. The community monitoring page says five cases out of the 13 people who have tested positive are still recovering.

Routt County has 78 cases of the COVID-19 virus as of last Friday, when one more was reported. It’s a woman in her 50s, who is an employee at Casey’s Pond senior assisted living center. Casey’s Pond reports that the woman tested positive after returning to Northwest Colorado from being out of the area. It’s believed she contracted the virus when she was out of town. The Casey’s Pond website says the woman had not returned to work, but lives on the property at Casey’s Pond. She has been in self quarantine since being tested on July 1, which is the day after she returned to Routt County. She is at home in isolation and contact tracing is being done. This most recent case was the last update released before the holiday weekend. As of last Friday, 318 tests were still pending in Routt County.

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KRAI News for Friday, July 3, 2020

There are no new cases to report of the COVID-19 virus in Moffat County today. But Routt County has two new cases. One is a man in his 50s, and the other is a woman in her 40s. The cases were confirmed at the end of June which means there were 13 positive cases of COVID-19 in Routt County in ten days. The total number of cases is now 77, with 318 tests still pending. The number of cases that have been administered is 4,051.

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KRAI News for Thursday, July 2, 2020

No new updates on COVID-19 numbers today, but updates are expected before heading into the holiday weekend.

In Moffat County, there have been 13 positive cases with five still active, and 1,001 tests administered.

There have been 75 total positive cases in Routt County, with 12 in the past two weeks. Eight of those were identified through contact tracing. Routt County has 16 contact tracers who are volunteers. Two of them are used in Moffat County, when needed. Also, one person was hospitalized in Routt County from the recent cluster of cases.

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