Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens
Routt County Health officials are concerned about holiday gatherings, and how it will cause more cases of COVID in the county.
That’s Public Health Director Roberta Smith, who has just been named the Colorado Industrial Hygienist of the Year.
Routt County has 1,094 positive cases of COVID, since March, with 116 cases in the past two weeks. Cases are expected to start going up next week, according to Routt County Epidemiologist Nicole Harty.
Harty says the cases in the past week have been more difficult with both residents and visitors because they wouldn’t share detailed information with contact tracers on who they have been with and what activities they’ve been doing.
Also in Wednesday’s Public Health meeting, officials talked about re-infection of COVID. Two Routt County residents, described as younger and healthy, have been re-infected about five to six months apart. They are doing final testing to confirm.
Vaccines are being distributed as fast as they come in to the county. Public Health asks for your patience. Check updates at COVID19RouttCounty.com. That’s also where you’ll find the Vaccine Interest Form that you can fill out.
Vandals have defaced some of the Routt County COVID-19 murals in West Lincoln Park. Some were spray painted and others were ripped down, on the side of the public restroom in the park, along the Core Trail. One poster is OK. It’s still up. City staff has cleaned up the vandalism and removed the damaged posters.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife is holding a virtual meeting next week to discuss Big Game regulations licensing, quotas, dates, and other wildlife issues. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 13 and happens again on Thursday. You can join via the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Youtube Channel.
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.