News for Monday, March 23, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Taking a look at the numbers…

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis held a press conference Sunday, saying over 5,000 people have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, with 591 testing positive. In Routt County, 108 tests have been conducted. There are 47 results still pending. Four people have tested positive according to the Routt County Department of Public Health. The fourth is a man in his 80s who is in self-isolation for the next 14 days.

Gov. Polis has asked that all businesses reduce the number of people in their workplaces by at least 50 percent and workers need to keep 6 feet apart for social distancing. Telecommute or develop a staggered schedule. Only shop for groceries once a week. Don’t leave your house if you are at high risk. All public gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people. This includes stores, and health care facilities, bus and train stations and pharmacies, all news media services, offices and government buildings.

The community has a responsibility with preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Kari Ladrow is the Director of Public Health for Routt and Moffat Counties.

 Kari Ladrow Interview:   

Routt County has set up a Coronavirus/COVID-19 Help Line. You can call it with questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The number is 970-871-8444. There is also a county website with all local information and interviews with officials. It’s Link:

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center has implemented a no-visitors policy at all of its hospitals and clinics. Exceptions are in the maternity ward, NICU, pediatric and end-of-life care. Outpatient clinic patients will be allowed one person to accompany them, if needed, for support. These new restrictions are in place for the health and safety of patients and their families, visitors and health care workers.

Two Colorado snowmobilers had to be rescued from the northwest boundary of Dinosaur National Monument, in Moffat County Saturday. One of the men died. The other was taken to a hospital in Vernal, Utah. A helicopter from Classic Air Medical found the men. The same two men also had to be rescued back on Feb. 29, in the same area.

Rafting the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. Photo Courtesy Cindy Arnis.

Also, all river trips in Dinosaur National Monument are canceled, along with river operations regionwide, including in Grand Canyon National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park is also no longer open to visitors.

Finally, pictures and posts get the hashtag #DoingMyPartCO.

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