News for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Routt County may have to have a new Public Health Order because of the highest amount of COVID-19 cases reported in one week, since the pandemic began. There are 21 new cases in the past week with 31 cases in two weeks for a total of 194.

That’s Commissioner Tim Corrigan. He and local public health officials will be on a phone call before the weekend to discuss mitigation options for Routt County with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Here’s Commissioner Doug Monger

Looking at the some of the newest information from two weeks of cases:

  • Six people don’t know where they got it.
  • Eight people got it from people in the same household.
  • Six people had known contact with someone who tested positive. It happened at a social gathering.
  • Seven Routt County residents traveled outside of the state or county and were exposed.
  • Eight temporary workers were likely exposed in Steamboat. Their home counties have been contacted.

Routt County Public Health Nurse Brooke Maxwell says if you do test positive, and then talk to a contact tracer, please cooperate.

For the good news, there have been no positive cases from those who are quarantined from the high school, and from the four positive cases at Casey’s Pond.

Moffat County is also reporting 11 new cases since Friday.

The Routt County Covid-19 Dashboard is at

East Troublesome Fire from Leigh Rushton.

Eight fires are burning in Colorado right now including the Middle Fork Fire in Routt National Forest. Routt County is still in Stage II. That means no fires and no exceptions. This is campfires and firepits, no welding or tracers or fireworks. Vehicles have to stay on designated routes because a hot engine could ignite vegetation. And no smoking outside anywhere in Routt County. You can only smoke in an enclosed vehicle or building. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control says fire danger will increase throughout the state because of the wind and critically low relative humidity over the next few days.

Smartwool has announced it is donating $1.5 million dollars to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, to be used to fund a new Barrows Lift at Howelsen Hill. Jen McLaren is the president of Smartwool

Smartwool has been a Steamboat Springs company for 26 years but has just relocated to Denver. Construction on the new Barrows Chairlift will start in 2021.

Ballot Count, 6,363 ballots have been turned in by Routt County residents as of Wednesday.

From Routt County Public Health… Numbers are at their highest since the start of the pandemic. Continue to be careful and keep everyone safe. Help make COVID stop with you.

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