News for Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Routt County’s COVID-19 case count as of Monday afternoon is up to 1,180 total positive cases with 12 new cases since Sunday, and 167 cases in the past two weeks. 18 people in Routt County have died.

Moffat County’s case count is at 690 cases with 28 active cases and 24 deaths from COVID.

The hiring freeze in Routt County has been lifted. Routt County Commissioners made the decision at their meeting Monday. That hiring freeze has been in effect since early April.

Commissioners also discussed vaccines that are being distributed at UCHealth and through Routt County Public Health. The problem is that the state hasn’t always been consistent when sending vaccines to the county. Commissioner Tim Corrigan said he has heard of other counties that set up a mass immunization clinic for hundreds of people.

Routt County Public Health is reporting that they did receive 100 doses on Friday, as did UCHealth and Lyons Drug, to be used for those who are over 75. Those over 70 should sign up with My Health Connection through the UCHealth website, whether you are a patient there or not. Everyone else can get updates on when they can get vaccinated through the website COVID19RouttCounty.com  At the bottom of the page, you can sign up for the newsletter. There is also a questionnaire there so that Public Health can have your information when the next wave of people can get vaccinated.

Also at the meeting, new Routt County Commissioner Tim Redmond gave a big thanks to Routt County employees, for helping him get up to speed in his first week on the job.

SOUNDBITE Tim Redmond

Solar Panel at Bud Werner Memorial Library from the City of Steamboat Springs

A $2.1 million dollar grant has been awarded to the City of Steamboat Springs and its partners, from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Energy Impact Fund. The City of Craig has also been awarded a $1.8 million dollar grant. That’s two grants for $4 million dollars to Northwest Colorado to support the region’s use of renewable energy. It is to be used for solar projects in the cities of Craig, Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek, Hayden, and Yampa. Also solar projects will be provided to the Moffat County School District, Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and both Routt and Moffat Counties. The grant fund will be used to buy down the payback period for each partner to a 10-year period. The City of Steamboat Springs will provide project management. Construction for the solar projects will start in the spring.

From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.

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