News for Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume

The Moffat Sheriff’s Office has issued a statement on the wearing of masks in Moffat County. Despite an Executive Order from Colorado Governor Jared Polis that masks are required in Colorado, the Moffat County Sheriffs Office says their deputies will not take criminal enforcement action, or issue citations or fines to citizens or businesses who are not wearing a mask. Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume added to be kind and be respectful, and to support local business owners, the citizens of Moffat County, and their personal choices. He adds, “If that includes wearing a mask, we support you; if it does not, we support you.”

Right now, Moffat County has a new case of the virus, a man in his 50s. Moffat County has 18 confirmed cases with five still active.

North of Moffat County, in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, they have 33 active patients out of 169 positive cases of COVID-19.

The total number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County is 87. There are 13 active cases right now with 204 cases pending in the county.

Routt County Commissioners are looking into getting test results for COVID-19 back quicker. The state lab is taking over a week for results. Here’s Commissioner Tim Corrigan.

Commissioners will ask UCHealth how they’re doing it, as their turnaround time is about 72 hours. The counties of Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield are working on a regional strategy, which commissioners may also explore.

Commissioners were also told on Monday that UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center will start providing information on number of hospitalizations locally. The hospital told Routt County Public Health that they plan to get that information to them before their twice weekly updates.

Those updates are on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. That information will be on the Steamboat Radio Facebook page as soon as we get it.

Steamboat Springs School District has announced that when school starts next month, masks will be required of all students and staff. The district will provide each teacher with one medical grade mask per week. Students and staff members will receive two reusable cloth face coverings.

Cutthroat Trout

If you plan to do some trout fishing, consider going early in the day, or maybe in a higher altitude lake or stream. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says hot and dry conditions along with reduced water levels are increasing the stress to the trout populations in much of Colorado. Trout are cold-water fish that function better in water that is between 50 and 60 degrees. When water gets above 70 degrees, they can stop feeding, and be susceptible to disease. CPW hasn’t issued any closures, but they are monitoring the waters and fisheries across Colorado.


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