News for Monday, Jan. 4, 2021

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Routt County has been moved to the Orange Level from the CDPHE as of today. It means restaurants are operating at 25% capacity, personal gatherings move up to ten people from no more than two households, offices can be at 25% but remote work is strongly encouraged. Gyms, fitness centers and indoor pools are at 25% with outdoor pools at 50%. Last call is at 10 p.m.

The holiday break for students is ending this week. Today is a teacher work day in Steamboat. Students are back tomorrow on the hybrid model which means in-class learning every other day. Here’s Superintendent Brad Meeks.

Meeks says the district will revisit having kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade back in school every day on Jan. 19, and then they’ll discuss kids in third through 5th going back to in-person learning two weeks after that.

Three Steamboat schools went to remote learning because of COVID at least once last semester. Routt County Public Health nurse Brooke Maxwell said cases of COVID weren’t transmitted in the classroom, as much as it was transferred from family members at home.

Hayden students are back in school, in their brand new building today. Superintendent Christy Sinner says everyone is on their normal schedule.

The new Hayden school had to close in November for a couple of weeks, because of COVID.

Students in the South Routt School District in Oak Creek are back in school today as well. That’s Pre-K through 12th grade, with full, in-person instruction.

Moffat County students are also back in school today, after the holiday break.

Routt County is about to have a new county commissioner. Former Hayden Mayor Tim Redmond was elected in November. He replaces long-time commissioner Doug Monger who served in the role for 20 years. Redmond is the first African American commissioner who has been elected in Routt County. You can watch the swearing in by Judge Garrecht on Routt County’s Facebook page or via Zoom at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

In the daily COVID-19 update…

In Routt County, there are 1068 total positive cases as of Sunday evening with 122 cases in two weeks and 18 deaths from COVID, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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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