Routt County to consider indoor mask mandate |

Routt County to consider indoor mask mandate

Board of Health to take up amended public health order at 2 p.m. as infection rates shatter previous records

The Routt County Board of Health is expected to institute a mask mandate in almost all public indoor spaces in Routt County at a meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Routt County has not had a mask mandate of any kind since May, and county commissioners, who make up the board of health, resisted reinstating any mandate when cases spiked earlier this fall, pointing to high local vaccination rates and a lack of mandates at the state level.

But the omicron variant is leading to a torrent of new COVID-19 cases with 410 cases reported in the last seven days. The positivity rate is more than 19%, meaning about one out of every five COVID-19 tests reported to the public health department are coming back positive.

The top eight days for new cases since the start of the pandemic have all been in the last two weeks.

“All individuals 2 years old or older shall cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in public indoor spaces unless the nature of the business (such as dentistry or personal care) requires the removal of the face covering,” the draft order reads.

The Routt County Public Health Department has recommended instituting the mandate in the draft order. The Board of Health will meet virtually to consider to order. The meeting can be found at this link.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.