News for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Smoky Steamboat courtesy Wendy Harvey.

The smoke in the Steamboat Springs area is a result of the Mullen, Cameron Peak and Middle Fork fires. The closest one to Steamboat is the Middle Fork Fire, which is about ten miles north of Steamboat Springs. It has grown to 10,054 acres in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness in Routt National Forest. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are still in effect for Routt and Jackson Counties.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7153/

PurpleAir screenshot courtesy Winnie DelliQuadri.

The heavy smoke is causing high ratings that fluctuate up to about 400 on PurpleAir.com. That means, "Health warnings of emergency conditions if you are exposed for 24 hours. The entire population is more likely to be affected."

Steamboat Springs resident Mike Schlichtman died in a crash of an ultralight aircraft Tuesday. The accident happened in southwest Indiana. Schlichtman was an avid cyclist, a ski instructor, Rotarian, and volunteer member of Routt County Search and Rescue. Our condolences go out to the Schlichtman family.

Routt County is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 with 11 new cases for a two-week period. That’s a total of 163. Eight of the 11 new cases are in their 60s and 70s. There are also two teenagers who are positive. That means between the ages of 10 and 19.

Routt County Public Health Director Roberta Smith says when people who are positive talk to the Contact Tracers, those people get frustrated with being asked to quarantine or stay in isolation.

Quarantine means you avoid all contact with people for 14 days after you had contact with someone who tested positive. Isolation means you stay in your house, sometimes in one room, and limit your contact within the household for two weeks.

Routt County is in the Medium Range, as rated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There have also now been nine hospitalizations in Steamboat Springs because of the virus. The most recent person hospitalized has been transferred to a Denver hospital.

Turnaround time for testing results is now about three days with the state lab. The county dashboard will now be updated twice a week, with reports coming in from Public Health twice a month now.

Routt County Commissioner Beth Melton has been reappointed to the Governor’s Commission on Community Service – Serve Colorado. The plan will address the state’s needs in the areas of school safety, preventing youth violence, literacy, and mentoring or disadvantaged youth.

Cross Country Regionals are today in Gypsum. Steamboat Springs High School is sending six boys and six girls, with two alternates for each. Here’s Senior Sidney Barbier.

Good luck to the Sailors.

From Routt County Public Health… Remember to get tested if you have symptoms; help make COVID stop with you.

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