News for Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Routt County has 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. That’s the largest single-day total of COVID-19 cases to date in Routt County. This is according to data released Thursday afternoon from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to the current CDPHE statistics, the one-week total of cases in Routt County is now at 137 with a two-week total at 224. The total since March is 472 cases of COVID in Routt County. 

A student at Steamboat Springs Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. A group of about 24 middle school students and four staff members are in quarantine until Dec. 7. Four other staff members went into quarantine Wednesday after being in close contact with another staff member at the middle school that has tested positive.

Four more residents at Casey’s Pond have tested positive. Casey’s Pond reported through its website that 15 residents in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood of the Steamboat Springs facility are now “being supported with isolation protocols.” One employee has also tested positive and is recuperating at home.

Routt County is being moved into the Red/Severe Risk Level today at 5 p.m., as ordered by the state. Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan says commissioners have received angry emails from constituents and business owners that talk about their inability to make a living. Corrigan said he understands.

Routt County Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says everyone in the community needs to follow through with the Commitments of Containment.

The 2021 Cowboy Downhill at Steamboat Resort has been canceled for the first time in the event's 46-year history. It would have been in January. The resort writes that it's due to the postponement of the National Western Stock Show because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Steamboat Springs Tennis and Pickleball Center is shutting down today because of the pandemic. City of Steamboat Springs offices are closed to the public as is the old Routt County Courthouse downtown. The Town Hall Lobby in Oak Creek is closed to walk-in traffic starting Monday.

From Routt County Public Health…Keep your Thanksgiving plans to household members. No out-of-town guests this year. Please remember to “Keep it Small, Routt County.” Help make COVID stop with you.

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