Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens
Routt County has moved to the state’s “High Risk” category, the Stay at Home Orange Level, effective immediately. Retail and restaurants are moved to 25% capacity. Offices are asked to work at 25% capacity. Group sports are limited to ten people. Hockey tournaments in Steamboat have been canceled.
Routt County’s positive case count is up to 302, according to the county, with 64 cases in a week and 90 cases in two weeks. Meanwhile, the state’s count has Routt at 309 cases as of Tuesday. At least 236 students are now in quarantine at Steamboat Springs High School from so many positive cases, stemming from Halloween parties.
That’s Routt County Epidemiologist Nicole Harty. The high school is closed until at least Thanksgiving.
Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan says we’re in a serious situation.
Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Brian Harrington agrees with the danger.
Stay home if you can, always wear masks, don’t gather with anyone but your family, and don’t travel unless absolutely necessary.
With the new High Risk Level, Routt County United Way has canceled their $30K Day this Friday. It will be virtual and they need your support now more than ever. Please consider making a donation at RouttCountyUnitedWay.org
Routt County is no longer under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind the fire restrictions on all private and state lands as of noon. They ask that you still be aware of fire danger.
Hikers and bikers who enter a state park without their car, now have to pay $4 for an individual daily pass. It is a way to have all visitors help with park maintenance. This includes Pearl Lake and Steamboat Lake in North Routt, Stagecoach, Yampa River State Park outside of Hayden and Elkhead Reservoir outside of Craig.
From Routt County Public Health… Numbers of COVID cases are still going up. Wear your mask if you’re out and no gatherings or parties. Help make COVID stop with you.