News for Monday, July 20, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

The total number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County is 87. The most recent positive case is a woman in her 20s, released Friday afternoon. There are 204 cases pending in the county.

When reporting COVID-19 updates in Routt County, the number of hospitalizations haven’t been in there. At Friday’s Routt County Commissioners meeting, commissioners were told of repeated requests from the county for hospitalization numbers to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. Commissioners say Public Health needs to be aware of capacity at the local hospital. Plus, commissioners would like those numbers because constituents are questioning them. Here’s Routt County Commissioners Doug Monger and Tim Corrigan.

After Friday’s meeting, we asked UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center about getting those numbers. Hospital spokesperson Lindsey Reznicek told Steamboat Radio, “We do not have the capacity to provide a weekly report of this data,” but they will respond to requests from local media and public health when asked. Reznicek said UCHealth reports all required data to regulatory bodies as necessary. She says since the beginning of March, the local hospital has cared for six patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections.

Full Statement from Lindsey Reznicek with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center: UCHealth reports all required data to regulatory bodies, such as Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, United States Department of Health & Human Service, and EMResource, as necessary. We have answered requests for hospitalization numbers from both local media and public health in the past and will continue to do so as those requests are received. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to provide a weekly report of this data.

Since the beginning of March, UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has cared for six patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections. The health and safety of Routt County and its local communities remains our priority, and we appreciate the continued work and partnership of both the Routt County Public Health Department and the Routt County Commissioners to ensure everyone’s safety. We ask that everyone continues wearing masks, practicing frequent hand hygiene and keeping six feet of social distance to help limit the spread of the virus.

The Steamboat Springs School board is meeting in executive session this morning, via Zoom. From the administration office, it says the reason is to determine positions related to matters that are or will be subject to negotiations and to develop strategy for those negotiations. The local Steamboat Springs Education Association is waiting for word on funds from the 4A mill levy that was approved by voters in November, to support teacher salaries. The district presented to the group that they want to wait to distribute the money until January, to make sure the district has enough money.

From Rio Blanco County, as of Sunday afternoon, the Fawn Creek Fire is now 90% contained, the Wolf Fire is 73% contained, and the Stewart Fire is 100% contained. These are the three fires burning outside of Meeker.

Snowbowl is reopening for bowling this Saturday. There will be a lot of sanitizing of bowling balls. And bring your mask. You can go online as of today to reserve a lane at

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