News for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

The Routt County Commissioners and Board of Public Health met Wednesday. New Public Health Director Roberta Smith started off the meeting with accolades for the contact tracers in Routt County.

Smith said the local contact tracers made 71 phone calls just last week.

Commissioners also discussed data, how it is assimilated, and when it is distributed online and to the media. Cases will now be counted on the date the person was tested. Also, the state is reconciling home counties with positive cases, and changing some of Routt County’s data. Commissioners decided while the public wants updates right away, it’s better to have it accurate instead of disseminated quickly. County Commissioners Beth Melton and Tim Corrigan agreed that the priority needs to be the data that is important for policy and public health decisions.

Overall, Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says our numbers have basically stayed the same, averaging seven to eight cases per week, spread out throughout the county.

Dr. Harrington adds that he thought there would be more cases in Routt County right now, with the summer tourist season, and local residents traveling out of the community.

Public Health officials said we can’t let our guard down. Keep wearing masks and social distancing.

Oak Creek is putting in a new park downtown. It’s in the vacant lot next to the Silver Buckle Saloon on Main Street. It’s being paid for with a grant from Colorado Department of Transportation and the Revitalizing Main Street program.

Routt County fire crews are helping out with the Pine Gulch Fire burning north of Grand Junction. Oak Creek Fire Chief Chuck Wisecup says they’ve sent a wildland engine and two firefighters to help.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue also sent a brush truck and two more firefighters to help with that fire in Mesa and Garfield Counties which has burned more than 9,210 acres and is at 5% containment. That’s why you’re seeing smoke here in the Yampa Valley.

The Moffat County Fair is this week. At the Sheep Show Wednesday, Trinity Boulger won Grand Champion.

Kyler Scott is this year’s Fair Board President. He says masks are encouraged but not required for the livestock shows.

Thursday is the Goat Show in the morning at 8 a.m. and the Beef Show at 2 p.m. It’s all in the Livestock Barn.

Friday is a busy day at the fair with the Swine Show first thing in the morning. The afternoon has the Rabbit, Cavy, and Poultry shows. The Moffat County Fair Family Rodeo is Friday night.

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