News for Thursday, May 28, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Routt County is now looking for volunteers to get tested for COVID-19. And you don’t have to have symptoms. Routt County Public Health Director Kari Ladrow says the goal is to have two to five percent of the population tested.

While you don’t have to be symptomatic, there are a few groups that the public health department is hoping will get tested. That’s

  • People over 60 who are considered vulnerable populations
  • People with underlying medical conditions
  • People who identify as Black, African American, Latino, Hispanic, American Indian, or Alaska Native, or who have a disability.
  • And people from linguistically diverse populations, all of whom have been known to have longstanding social and health inequities.
  • Finally, pregnant women

Testing is available weekly through July, at the rodeo grounds. Call Public Health at 970-870-5577 to schedule an appointment.

Testing is also being done at group living facilities, such as retirement communities in Northwest Colorado. It’s done weekly if there is an outbreak or monthly if there is not, for staff and residents.

A team of 14 contact tracers are available to public health officials in Routt County, seven days a week. Some have extensive experience in the health care industry.

The number of positive cases in Routt County has gone up to 61, but that’s because of contact tracing. Previously, there were five identified cases through contact tracing, but two have been added to that number from March. They have since recovered. So far, in Routt County, there have been 1,946 tests administered.

Moffat County has seven confirmed cases, with only one of those active after 626 tests administered.

The Routt County Commissioners also discussed the next variance request they’ll submit to the state. They plan to work on specifics today, but it could include sports teams, gyms, and childcare. They’ll then look to the Board of Health for confirmation. Commissioner Beth Melton suggested three possible criteria.

Commissioner Doug Monger wants to get the variance written and submitted, since so many other Colorado counties are doing the same, hoping for variance approval.

Commissioners also discussed waiting on the variance request until the next announcement from Governor Polis, which is expected Sunday or Monday.

Dinosaur National Monument is opening up more. You can camp there, and river use will be allowed as of Sunday, June 7. National Park Service says that’s when the campgrounds will re-open, as will the backcountry. Single and multi-day river trips will be allowed on the Green and Yampa Rivers. The monument visitor centers and Quarry Exhibit Hall will still stay closed.

Also closed this summer, the Kids Adventure Camp at Steamboat Ski Report. It’s because of the state and local guidelines and restrictions regarding group size limitations and social distancing requirements.

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