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*To read the latest update, please scroll to the bottom of this page.For general COVID-19 information, visit http://co.routt.co.us/719/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 13, 2020 — Routt County Department of Public Health is reporting the first presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in the county. CDC confirmation is pending. A male in his 50s and a female in her 20s visiting Routt County were exposed to COVID-19 outside the community. The individuals went skiing and grocery shopping in the area prior to being notified of this exposure. The only locations identified during local contact tracing were shopping at a local grocery store and they went skiing on Saturday. Once the individuals were notified of potential exposure they immediately went into self-quarantine and have been cooperative with quarantine pending test results. Since these individuals are from outside Routt County, CDPHE will be conducting the state-to-state contact tracing investigation. Local public health officials initiated the local contact tracing investigation as soon as they were notified of this potential exposure and at this time there is no evidence of community spread.
Routt County Commissioners Corrigan, Melton and Monger met yesterday and today to discuss the recent discussions on the national level about using face masks in the general population. After advice from Routt County’s Medical Officer, Dr. Brian Harrington, they issued this statement as guidance for the community as a personal choice:
Routt County Approves Additional Funding for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) for Low-Income Families
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, April 1, 2020 — Testing for COVID-19 continues to be a top priority for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The Colorado Unified Coordination Group (UCG) is currently supporting strategic, targeted community testing for health care workers and first responders, and are working to increase the state’s testing capabilities.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 29, 2020 — The Routt County Department of Public Health and Senior Living Facility, Casey’s Pond, announced four COVID-19 cases. A total of three team members and one resident have tested positive for COVID-19. There are a total of 16 cases identified in Routt County.
A letter from the County Commissioners:"Dear Routt County community members,We want to thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe. The current COVID-19 virus outbreak is disrupting our lives and we are doing everything we can to protect you and your loved ones. We need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. We will get through this, but we need your help."
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 26, 2020 — In this time of crisis, the Routt County COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is asking for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE). Our community is currently seeking donations of PPE from local businesses that can be utilized by our local healthcare professionals, first responders, law enforcement, volunteers, and other people currently working with patients or the public related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 26, 2020 — Routt County Commissioners Tim Corrigan, Beth Melton and Doug Monger, acting as the Board of Health, held a meeting this morning to discuss the ramifications of Governor’s Stay at Home Public Health Order. The Commissioners clarified that both the State Stay at Home Orders and the previous Routt County Orders need to be followed by the community in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 25, 2020 — Routt County Department of Public Health has announced three more positive cases of COVID-19. One is a female in her 50’s; one is a male in his 30s; and the other is a female in her 30s. All are residents of Routt County and were placed in isolation via an Isolation Order through Public Health. Household contacts are in quarantine and other close contacts have been advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Routt County Commissioners Issue Executive Orders to Reduce COVID-19 Community Spread and Save Lives in the CommunitySTEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO – March 24, 2020 – Routt County Commissioners Tim Corrigan, Beth Melton and Doug Monger, acting as the Board of Health, issued Public Health Orders to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives in the community. 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. Both Orders are in effect on March 24 and go through April 24, 2020 unless rescinded or extended.
Routt County Department of Public Health has announced another positive case for COVID-19. The female in her 30’s has been placed in isolation via an isolation order through Public Health. Household contacts are in quarantine and other close contacts are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Fourth Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Routt CountyRoutt County Department of Public Health has announced another positive case for COVID-19. The male in his 80’s is in self-isolation for 14 days. Close contacts have been notified. The first two positive COVID-19 cases of out of town travelers have since recovered.
Public Health Order on Physical Distancing to 10 or Fewer PeopleThe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) amended its statewide public health order on social or physical distancing. Thepublic health order limits gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
NEW GUIDANCE FOR RETAIL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS), as well as the Governor’s office, issued updated guidelines for retail food establishments for pickup/takeout, alcohol sales, and sale of bulk items. The guidelines help minimize in-person interaction while affording restaurateurs alternative financial and employment viability during this public health crisis. Read More/En Espanol
Routt County Sets Up Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to Respond to COVID-19When news of the COVID-19 virus hit two weeksago, Routt County activated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate the activitiesof multiple agencies and organizations responding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Routt County Launches COVID-19 WebsiteRoutt County has launched a website that aims toaddress concerns of county residents, employers, workers and their families may have abouthow COVID-19 is affecting life here. The residents of Routt County are relying on each other toget through the personal and economic challenges presented by COVID-19 and Routt County canprovide information, answers and resources. This portal will serve as a resource for ourresidents, businesses and their employees as we navigate these uncharted waters together.The site includes links to resources from local, Colorado and federal governments detailing theirCOVID-19 along with resources for employer sand their workers. The human and economicimpact of the COVID-19 virus remains unknown, but we do know a lot of great organizations arestanding ready to assist. Routt County will do everything we can to provide the support ourcommunity needs as we grapple with the economic, health and social challenges of thecoronavirus and COVID-19.Routt County will update the website as new information becomes available. Routt Countyresidents can also call the Routt County Help Line at 970-871-8444.
March 20, 2020 — Our community is experiencing numerous economic impacts related to employment associated with the effects of the coronavirus emergency. If you are an employee who is out of work due to a business shut down, layoff, or your hours have been reduced, and you are not receiving sick leave or other paid time off, you may want to check into unemployment benefits. There are a number of resources you can access for additional information and guidance:
Local Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus Confirming Community SpreadThe individual has been in self-quarantine sinceMonday and is experiencing mild symptoms. Routt County Public Health reports the individual'stest results were returned late Friday, March 20, 2020.
March 17th, the Routt County Public Health Department reported a group of five (and later seven) international travelers from Australia who stayed in Steamboat March 10th through the 12th tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after returning to their home country.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO, March 20, 2020 — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in cooperation with Routt County Public Health and UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, has confirmed a specimen Collection Site will be in Steamboat Springs on Saturday March 21.“We appreciate the quick action of UCHealth and their staff locally to administer the specimen Collection Site,” said Routt County Emergency Management Director David ‘Mo’ DeMorat. “While information may have changed the past few days, we appreciate our local organizations’ cooperation to bring this offering to Routt County and our citizens.”Administered by UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center with support from nurses from Routt County Public Health, the specimen Collection Site will be at the intersection of US40 and Walton Creek Road with specimen collection running from 12:00-5:00 p.m.The only patients who will be screened at this time are those with a provider referral after meeting screening criteria and have a doctor’s order. This is not a screening center for the public at large and no medical care is available at this location. Patients must bring the following:1. An order from their health care provider confirming they meet the testing criteria and need to be tested; and2. Photo identification that matches the name on the provider’s order. Undocumented individuals can use any photo ID; it does not have to be government-issued.Testing is free and proof of insurance is not required. If the person does not meet the criteria to be tested, they will not be tested. If there are multiple people in one vehicle, each person must have their own doctor’s order. No restrooms will be available. Bring water and other items to be comfortable while waiting.If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Do not report to a testing site or wait at a testing site. Testing sites are not emergency care facilities. Call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms.Telephonic interpretation will be available for speakers of other languages. If you were tested at the state lab-testing center, the lab will contact you with your test results. While waiting for test results, please stay at home. People who test positive may be issued isolation orders.If you live or work in Routt County and you are not already registered to receive emergency alerts, visit www.RouttCountyAlerts.com or call 970-870-5532 for assistance.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO, March 20, 2020 — When a person tests positive for COVID-19, the Routt County public health department's team are alerted. The investigation begins with an extremely low-tech tool: a conversation. "We interview the person who has tested positive, (and) we identify all the people they've been in contact with in the period when they might have been infectious," Routt County Public Health Director Kari Ladrow says. And while self-quarantine and social distancing are among the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, for those tools to work, officials have to make efforts to identify the people who are most likely to have come in close contact with the virus.When a patient does test positive for the disease, it triggers a public health response known as "contact tracing," where Public Health backtrack the patient's movement over the previous two weeks in search of anyone else who might have contracted the disease, even if they're not showing symptoms. Contact tracing is a critical tool allowing public health officials to connect with those who may be infected and encourage the appropriate steps. Once the virus begins to spread more rapidly, however, that becomes a far more difficult exercise.“Routt County Public Health does this every day for other diseases as well," Ladrow says. As part of the process, it is crucial for Public Health to figure out how the patient is exposed to the virus in the first place.Tracing the spread of the virus.For COVID-19 specifically, the focus is on the patient's family and coworkers. That's because the 2019 coronavirus spreads mainly through close and prolonged contact. Although the home and the workplace are the investigators' highest concerns, any situation with close contact could lead to viral spread - for instance, dinner parties or dates. If Routt County Public Health staff finds a patient has also been in those situations, they may expand the investigation. Once the investigators identify possible contacts, they reach out to those people and ask them to self-quarantine for 14 days. That means staying at home and distancing themselves from other family members. Close contacts are advised that if any of them become ill, they should notify their primary healthcare provider and notify them of their exposure risk. If any of the first patient's contacts become ill or tests positive for COVID-19, that could trigger a second layer of contact tracing, backtracking the second patient's movements. But initially, "the focus is on making sure that the first level of contacts are all staying home and being monitored," Ladrow says. "If someone develops symptoms, that triggers wider" investigations. This is what Public Health professionals do across the country every day all of the time regardless of whether it is a COVID-19 situation or another communicable disease. Public Health is communicable disease surveillance and prevention work focused around the social determinants of health.”
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO, March 20, 2020 — 211 is a great resource for local community information. Call, text or chat with your local 211 to speak with a community resource specialist who can help you find services and resources that are available. You will find help with:• Supplemental food and nutrition programs• Shelters, housing information and utilities assistance• Emergency information and disaster relief• Services for veterans• Health care, vaccination and health epidemic information• Support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs• A safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse 211 is a comprehensive resource for anyone who needs help or information. They help people overcome barriers and address challenges every day!
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 19, 2020 — Routt County’s Coronavirus / COVID-19 Help Line provides information regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19 and resources available to county residents. “We know you may have questions so we have activated our Routt County Help Line Center," Emergency Operations Director David ‘Mo’ DeMorat announced Thursday afternoon. "County employees and volunteers are available to help you find resources, answer some questions, and provide information to help you and your family navigate the Coronavirus outbreak."“The goal of the Routt County Help Line is to make sure county residents locate information needed to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe,” said Tim Corrigan, Chair of the Routt County Board of County Commissioners.The Routt County Coronavirus / COVID-19 Help Line can be reached at 970-871-8444 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days per week. The Help Line cannot provide referrals for testing. If you are having a medical emergency please call 911.The virus and the illness the novel coronavirus 2019 is now technically known as SARS-CoV-2, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and is a new member of a larger family of coronaviruses that includes viruses that cause the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, first identified in 2003.The illness caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 is called COVID-19, and symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appearing two to 14 days after exposure.Most cases of the COVID-19 disease are mild, according to CDC, but about 16% of people have a more severe illness that can require hospitalization and even lead to death. Older people and people with underlying health issues are most vulnerable. More information is available on the State of Colorado website.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 19, 2020 — Currently, the only thing that is certain is that things are uncertain. Things are changing and there is going to be a new normal; there are going to be challenges; the community will weather the storm in its typical resilient manner. What we are not sure of right now, among other things, is how long it will be before things normalize, and what the full scope of COVID-19 disaster’s impact will be on our businesses or jobs. It can be overwhelming, and we are all going to need to take time to get acclimated.There are a number of resources from experts to help business owners, managers and employees navigate the effects of COVID-19. A few of the local and regional resources include:• The Steamboat Springs Chamber has a pulled together a number of resources and other information for Businesses and Employees• Though most government offices have been closed, most employees continue to work and websites are being updated regularly. Reach out for additional information on available resources: Routt County: (970) 879-0108, City of Steamboat Springs (970) 879-2060, Town of Hayden (970) 276-3741, Town of Oak Creek (970) 736-2422, Town of Yampa (970) 638-4511• Northwest Small Business Development Center provides business consulting, guidance and training, as well as being a regional resource for recovery https://northwestsbdc.org/• Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved. The Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan application is now open. Information and application materials are found at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/• Colorado Dept of Labor & Employment information on sick leave, unemployment insurance and wage claims can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus• General information from the State of Colorado can be found at: https://covid19.colorado.gov/• Yampa Valley Community Fund has also created an Emergency Fund to address the needs of the community during this time https://yvcf.org/covid19/As a community, we are continuing to work on all avenues of support for businesses and employees. There are numerous Routt County, regional, state and federal resources that will be widely looked to in our on-going response and recovery efforts.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, March 19, 2020 — The outbreak COVID-19, and the associated uncertainty can be overwhelming. It’s natural for adults and children to feel the strong emotions of stress, anxiety, and worry. Now more than ever, it is important to take care of our mental health along with our physical health.Things you can do to support yourself, as recommended by the CDC:• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.• Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy or personal projects you’ve been meaning to complete.• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Remember to reach out to relatives who may be feeling isolated.• People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms.• Seek help when needed.Mental Health ResourcesColorado Mental Health Crisis Hotline 844-493-8255 Text TALK to 38255 | Send "TALK" to 38255Mind Springs Health (Steamboat Springs)970-879-2141Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS)970-846-8182SAMHSA helpline1-800-985-5990
Discussions were held on Tuesday, March 17 withrepresentatives from stores in Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Oak Creek, Clark, and Yampa. Storesreported no changes in frequency of delivery; and contents of the delivery are the items thatwould normally be on their trucks.
The U.S. health care system is projected to be challenged by an influx of patients infected with the novel coronavirus and the pressure on hospitals will vary dramatically across the country. Hospitals prepare staff, supplies and equipment for pandemics and mass casualty incidents. “Flattening the curve” or slowing the spread of the coronavirus is one way to reduce demands upon the nation’s and Routt County’s health care system. You can slow the spread of the coronavirus with:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in cooperation with Routt County Public Health, will bring the mobile Test Collection Site to Steamboat Springs on Saturday March 21. The mobile Test Collection Site will be at The Meadows Parking Lot, 1165 Bangtail Way in Steamboat Springs. The Test Collection Site is tentatively scheduled from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
A group of international travelers from Australia, who stayed in Steamboat Springs including the dates of March 10th, March 11th and March 12th and returned to their home country subsequently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after leaving our community. The travelers visited several local establishments and may have had close contact with numerous people. The State Health Department now assumes we have community spread of the COVID-19 virus. Community spread is defined as transmission of the disease from one individual to another within the same community.
With public access restricted to County Offices, we want to ensure our services are as available as possible to you. Routt County has created a web-page that we will continuously update on departmental services. To learn more, visit the following link.
On Monday evening the Colorado State Health Department issued a public health order closing dine-in service at all Colorado bars, restaurants, gyms, theaters, and casinos but allowing take-out and delivery service: 1. Establishments may continue to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-thru service, and must use precautions in doing so to mitigate potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.2. Establishments may allow up to 5 members of the public at one time on the premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, as long as those individuals are at least 6 feet apart from each other.
Routt County will be restricting public access to County offices starting March 17th at 8:00 a.m. Operations will continue via phone and online as much as possible. We will be following-up on how to access our individual department’s services as more information is obtained. County Anex Building Offices- Restriction starting on March 17th, 8:00 a.m.County Courthouse Building Offices- Restriction starting on March 18th, 8:00 a.m.
Starting today, Steamboat Ski Resort is suspending all operations. The resort will work with guests in canceling their visit and will provide refunds to those who have hotel and other bookings during this closure period. For more information and updates, visit http://steamboat.com/covid.Additionally, as Routt County works to develop specific guidance on safety precautions for ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors,’ we have established a group of volunteers to assist with community needs. To seek additional information or request help we ask that you call (970) 306-6479 or email email@example.comWe continue to be proactive and working around the clock to protect public health and safety in Routt County! Having every resident and visitor of Routt County informed, taking preventative measures, and adhering to guidance from health care and public health officials will be essential in our response to this illness. We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families.