News for Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

Steamboat Radio News by Shannon Lukens

A Steamboat Springs School District employee with transportation has tested positive for COVID-19. Two staff members and approximately 50 students are in quarantine, after being notified by the district last night. Superintendent Brad Meeks is asking parents to regularly monitor your child for symptoms of COVID and keep your student home if they are waiting for results from a COVID test.

It’s been another smoky week in Steamboat with smoke rolling into the Yampa Valley from the Middle Fork Fire. Around 9,000 acres have burned in Routt National Forest which is closed. Mo Demorat with Routt County Office of Emergency Management says there could be some precipitation on Sunday, with cooler temperatures in the mid 40s.

The Mullen Fire is burning 27 miles to the northeast of the Middle Fork Fire. It’s in Colorado and Wyoming and has now burned over 152,000 acres, and is just 14 percent contained. Remember to check the air quality at www.PurpleAir.com

Routt County Public Health is offering testing for COVID-19 in Hayden this Friday. Testing is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hayden Fairgrounds. It’s for those who have symptoms or who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Routt County Public Health has an online calendar to sign up for an appointment. Or call the appointment line at 970-870-5577.

Speaking of the fairgrounds, the restrooms and showers there have been closed during COVID but Routt County Commissioners have given their approval for them to re-open. Fairgrounds manager Jill Delay says it’s a big deal.

Fairground staff will do a deep cleaning on Monday and disinfect Tuesday through Friday. The fairground restrooms will still be closed on the weekends.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Routt County. Mark Fitzgerald with Routt County Advocates told Routt County Commissioners Tuesday that crisis calls have increased 41% since COVID started.

Routt County Commissioners approved the resolution at their meeting Tuesday.

That was Commissioner Tim Corrigan.

From Routt County Public Health…  Wear your mask and remember to social distance; help make COVID stop with you.

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