News for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

COVID-19 cases in Routt County have gone up again. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting 399 positive cases in the county, which is nine more than the day before. That’s 101 cases in seven days and 169 positive cases in two weeks according to the state’s tally.

County and state officials are asking residents to always wear a mask, and don’t hang out with those outside of your own household. Routt County Public Health reported parties over the Halloween weekend which turned into super spreader events.

Steamboat Springs Police officers are being asked to lean on the side of enforcement, instead of warnings, when it comes to violating public health orders. That’s according to Police Chief Cory Christensen.

Chief Christensen says Chief Judge Michael O’Hara has given police permission to make a physical arrest if there is a violation of public health orders.

The old Routt County Courthouse building in downtown Steamboat Springs will be closed to the public, starting this Wednesday. This includes the courthouse building, the Annex, and the Human Services Building. The closure is because of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Routt County. Services will be available by appointment, or online. Employees will have access to the building, but are encouraged to work at home when possible.

Steamboat Springs City Council meets tonight. A couple of agenda items include a discussion on the Steamboat 700 West Steamboat Annexation, and also a one-year review of the Plastic Bag Ban.

Christmas Tree permits available for the Medicine Bow or Routt National Forest. Purchase the permit online at Recreation.gov and put it on the dash of your car when you cut down your tree. Permits are $10. When you buy it online, you’ll find out where you can and can’t cut down a tree. For example, no tree cutting in the Fish Creek Falls area, or at Steamboat Resort.

The Steamboat Tennis and Pickleball Center is moving from being operated by the city to a private group… Court Sports for Life. They’re raising money to build the new pickleball center. Donations are tax deductible through Courtsports4Life.org/donate.  Link: https://www.courtsports4life.org/donate

From Routt County Public Health…  As we head into the holidays, remember to limit your social gatherings to those in your household. Help make COVID stop with you.

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