News for Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Steamboat Radio News - Shannon Lukens

Routt County is reporting two more cases of the COVID-19 virus, which brings the total to seven. The latest cases are a woman in her 20s, and the other is a female teenager. Both are residents of Routt County and have been placed in isolation via an order through the public health department. Other close contacts to the women have been advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Dr. Brian Harrington is the Medical Officer for Public Health in both Routt and Moffat Counties.

Routt County Commissioners have issued two executive orders to reduce the Community Spread of the COVID-19 virus. The first Order prohibits new visitors in hotels, motels and short-term rentals. Campgrounds can also not accept any new reservations. Any property reservation starting after this Friday morning at a Steamboat property has to be canceled. It’s a rule intended to keep anyone from visiting Routt County, and those visitors who are already here, to leave as soon as they can.

The second Order limits gatherings to no larger than five people at a time, unless they’re in the same household. Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger says we need to listen to the professionals, and stay away from people.

Breaking the new rules could get you in jail for up to 18 months, or a fine of up to $5,000. But the sheriff’s office says most violations could be resolved with a verbal warning. All of the details of the new executive orders from Routt County are on the Steamboat Radio website and Facebook page.

More from Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger: 

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger discusses today's executive orders in Routt County. The first Order prohibits new visitors in hotels, motels and short-term rentals and the second Order limits gatherings to no larger than five people at a time. W/Routt County Office of Emergency Management

Posted by Steamboat Radio on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

 

Open burn near Hayden.

Please refrain from open burning right now. That’s another request from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Smoke from open burns can put a strain on the health of those who are already vulnerable. Open burning is any fire outdoors, where smoke is released directly into the open air without first passing through a chimney or smokestack.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is hosting a virtual panel discussion of the COVID-19 virus, with officials from the City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County. It’s at 10:30 this morning on Comcast TV6, the city’s website and the Facebook page of the Steamboat Pilot.

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