Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens
Positive cases of COVID in Routt County have gone up again, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The state’s tally is now 325, where yesterday, the county’s tally was at 309. Routt County Public Health spoke of seven outbreaks, with at least two from high school Halloween parties.
The district attorney for Routt County says breaking the state’s public health orders on personal gatherings can be punishable by law. Matt Karzen is the DA for the 14th Judicial District, representing Routt, Moffat, and Grand Counties.
He’s speaking specifically of gatherings of more than ten people from more than two households and how that is prohibited by the state’s public health order right now. Violating it is a Class One Misdemeanor because it presents a high risk for infection as well as widespread and substantial harm to innocent persons, students, parents and guardians.
The District Attorney goes on say it’s a Class 4 felony for any adult who contributes to the delinquency of a minor and that includes illegal social gatherings.
In order to prosecute, the district attorney says he would need proof and evidence from local law enforcement. Karzen says he has not received that regarding the local social gatherings.
Routt County is in the Safer at Home Orange Level which is considered the high risk level. If COVID cases keep going up in Routt County, the state could put the county in the Level Red/Stay at Home category.
The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is still happening this year, but it’s being done virtually. You can run or walk the 5K for a time or just for fun. It supports the track and field and cross country teams at Steamboat Springs High School. Lisa Renee Tumminello is the coach.
Register your family at RunSignUp.com and search Steamboat Springs Turkey Trot Virtual.
From Routt County Public Health… Numbers of COVID cases are still going up. Wear your mask if you’re out and no gatherings or parties. Help make COVID stop with you.