News for Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Taking a look at COVID cases in the county, the total tally jumped to 1,112 cases on Thursday evening, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. That’s 18 new cases in one day with 70 in a week and 124 in the past two weeks. Routt County Epidemiologist Nicole Harty says Public Health knew the increase in cases could happen because of family gatherings from the holidays.

18 Routt County residents have died because of COVID.

A team of ambassadors with Routt County Environmental Health are visiting businesses and doing inspections to ensure public health compliance. Here’s Director Scott Cowman.

One area of frustration has been the grocery stores where visitors to the community don’t know or don’t bother to wear masks. Cowman suggests locals go to the grocery stores during less busy times. About wearing masks, manager Chris Curran at City Market says it doesn’t happen very often, and they address it as it happens. Tharles Silva is the manager at Safeway. He says management gets called.

If you see a compliance issue with a business, you can report it to Routt County Environmental Health and their team will investigate. The number is 871-8444. Or email

If you’ve been meaning to buy the annual day pass for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, don’t rush yet. They’re out of the physical passes right now. This is for Fish Creek Falls, also Hahns Peak Lake and Dumont Lake. There’s a list. If you had one of the passes from last year, just use that for now as it will still be honored.

The 2021 Winter Carnival poster has been released. It’s a snowy white scene with a firework exploding, and a look at horses and Nordic skiers on Lincoln Ave. Local artist Sarah Juschka did the honors. Posters and neck gaiters with the design are available at Pine Moon, Off the Beaten Path, Lyon’s Corner Drug, and Steamboat Sotheby’s. Or if you want both shipped, order at

From Routt County Public Health… If you live here or you’re visiting us here in Steamboat Springs, please wear your mask in all of our public places, businesses, and grocery stores. Help make COVID stop with you.

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