News for Thursday, July 30, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

One resident of The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden has died, of probable COVID-19. Lab tests are pending. Seven people have tested positive at The Haven. Four are residents and three are employees. Two of those employees are from Moffat County.

Routt County also has two new community cases of COVID-19 today. One is a man in his 50s and the other is a woman in her 50s. Routt County has now confirmed 102 positive cases of COVID-19 since March, and now seven deaths, once the cause of death from The Haven has been confirmed as related to COVID-19.

Routt County Commissioners voted to extend the current public health order for 60 days, to the end of September, with no changes to the ordinance except the date.

Commissioner Doug Monger voted against it even though he is in support of wearing masks. He says it should be a personal responsibility instead of regulated. Also that it is the same as the state order, and the Steamboat Springs community is different from the rest of the county.

Routt County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington reminded commissioners that there have been positive cases throughout the county.

In voting yes, Commissioner Tim Corrigan says they’ve asked a lot of Routt County citizens over the past five months.

Also at Wednesday’s Public Health meeting, new interim Public Health Director Roberta Smith joined commissioners.

Smith will help the county hire a new Epidemiologist Data Manager and a new Public Health Nurse. Seven contact tracers have been hired with openings for two more.

Overall, Dr. Harrington says Routt County residents have been doing the right thing with social distancing, hand washing, and masks.

Dr. Harrington said three people have been admitted to the hospital in the past month. One was a resident of Moffat County who was admitted there and released, and then came to the hospital in Steamboat briefly. All three have been discharged.

There is a meeting tonight for parents of kindergarten through 8th graders in Steamboat Springs School District, who are considering the online education program that is available. It’s a 4 p.m. via Zoom. The link is on the district website under the announcements tab.


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