Routt County drafts journey suggestions amid rise in COVID-19 circumstances

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Throughout a gathering Tuesday, the Board of Routt County Commissioners drafted a sequence of journey suggestions in an try to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Among the many suggestions embody avoiding locations with a excessive prevalence of the virus and limiting interactions with folks whereas touring.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS —  Amid a current rise in COVID-19 circumstances, the Routt County Board of Commissioners authorised an inventory of journey suggestions for residents, guests and companies throughout a gathering Wednesday.

The suggestions are one of many newest initiatives to cut back the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

They got here a day forward of Gov. Jared Polis’ announcement of a statewide masks mandate, which requires everybody age 10 and older to put on a face protecting whereas at public indoor locations. Circumstances of the virus have grown statewide up to now 4 weeks, together with a 40% enhance final week, based on Colorado well being officers.

“Hospitalizations are up. Case counts are up,” Polis stated throughout a information convention Thursday the place he introduced the masks mandate. “That is the least expensive and the only intervention that we are able to do.”

He emphasised that Colorado is experiencing a comparatively low rise in circumstances in comparison with different states, such components of Texas and Arizona which have been labeled “hotspots” for the virus.

Journey has been one of many important contributors to new circumstances in Routt County, based on Dr. Brian Harrington, the county’s public well being medical officer. Of the 22 new circumstances recognized within the final month, 10 concerned folks touring exterior of the county who “very seemingly” contracting the illness on their journey.

Because the commissioners emphasised, their checklist of suggestions are simply that — suggestions.

“We’re not telling folks what to do,” Melton stated. “We’re informing them of the easiest way to journey safely.”

The primary of the suggestions is to comply with what the commissioners consult with because the “5 commitments” to decreasing unfold of illness. These embody: sustaining social distance of 6 toes or extra; washing arms usually; protecting one’s face in public; staying at residence if sick; and searching for a check instantly if one develops signs.

The second warns towards visiting hotspots which have reported new optimistic assessments at a fee of 10% or larger. Individuals can see a map of the nation’s virus prevalence to test which areas have probably the most circumstances utilizing information from the Harvard World Well being Institute at suppression/

Routt County additionally has its personal native COVID-19 monitor, which tracks new circumstances. As of Thursday, the variety of circumstances within the county was effectively under the “important threshold” that deems an space a hotspot. The speed of optimistic assessments is 2.69% for the previous week, additionally effectively under the important threshold of 10%.  

The suggestions additionally advise folks to restrict contact with others a number of days earlier than and after touring, notably if visiting hotspots. Individuals additionally ought to attempt to keep away from shut contact with others as a lot as doable throughout their journeys.  

If folks imagine they could have been uncovered to or have the virus, they need to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and get examined. For apparent causes, folks exhibiting signs shouldn’t be touring within the first place.

Polis stated a major objective of state and native well being pointers, from the masks mandate to journey ideas, are to forestall extra disruptive restrictions, equivalent to a reinstatement of the stay-at-home order. He reiterated day by day well being ideas, equivalent to washing arms often, staying a minimum of 6 toes aside from others and limiting social interactions as a lot as doable.

As Polis suggested on the information convention: “Be good. Be clear. Watch out.”

To achieve Derek Maiolo, name 970-871-4247, e-mail or comply with him on Twitter @derek_maiolo.