News for Thursday, July 23, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

From the Routt County Public Health meeting Wednesday…

  • Results from COVID-19 are coming back faster now, in about three to five days because the state lab has added a third shift.
  • Routt County has had 14 new cases in the last two weeks. Eleven of those were either teenagers, or people in their 20s and 30s. Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington says some of these cases were discovered through the testing relationships with local businesses.
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  • Commissioner Beth Melton agreed.
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  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis has also issued an executive order for last call for alcohol at 10 p.m. now, statewide, to help fight the virus among young adults.
  • Commissioners discussed how to reach out to those in their 20s and 30s better, to explain the dangers. They hope to reach out to local athletes or members of the community to help with the campaign.
  • Two people from out-of-state who came to Steamboat to spend some time here this summer got tested when they got here and they are positive.
  • Dr. Harrington says of the seven cases in the last week, two were identified through close contacts. The other five had no symptoms and there was no known exposure to a positive case, which is attributed to what’s called “Community Spread.”
  • Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Public Health is concerned about people getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. The state has a goal to increase flu vaccination rates, especially for those over 65.
  • The other discussion was about enforcement of the county ordinances. Scott Cowman is the Routt County Director of Environmental Health. He says 108 businesses and restaurants have been visited and there is an 87 percent compliance rate. He says education about the rules, and then the support of those businesses is the goal. 

Routt County has 94 positive cases of the virus right now with 17 active cases. Moffat County has two new cases of the virus for a total of 20.

The Honorable Judge Shelley A. Hill from the 14th Judicial District is retiring in early January. A Fourteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will be interviewing and select nominees for appointment by the governor to fill the position. Those applying must have practiced law for five years in Colorado, and live in either Grand, Moffat, or Routt Counties. The salary is $173,248.

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