Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The city is working closely with Routt County Public Health along with local and state organizations to closely monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) in an effort to keep our community up to date and safe. 

As of Friday, March 13, 2020, Routt County has been notified of its first presumptive positive cases of the virus.  


Colorado Health Emergency Hotline

Real-time information about the virus is available on the Colorado Health Emergency Hotline: 1-877-462-2911.

Routt County Help Line

The Routt County Coronavirus / COVID-19 Help Line can be reached at 970-871-8444 from 8am to 5pm daily. The Help Line cannot provide referrals for testing. If you are having a medical emergency please call 911.

Routt County Public Health Orders

Routt County Commissioners acting as the Public Health Agency for the area issued the following Public Health Orders on Tuesday, March 24, which are in effect for 30 days: 

The following Frequently Asked Questions documents are available on the Health Order and COVID-19:

Routt County Media Releases

List of Canceled Community Events

  • Several events have been canceled  due to concerns about COVID-19. The Steamboat Pilot & Today is continually updating this list.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19

The state and local public health systems are working closely with local healthcare providers to put resources in place to quickly identify and evaluate suspected cases in order to minimize community spread.

Preparedness is key to slowing the spread of this disease and everyone can play a role. We advise you to stay informed with reliable sources of information and know the facts about COVID-19.

CDC Testing Guidance

Three types of people:

  1. Those who have symptoms such as fever OR lower respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) and have had "close contact" with a confirmed coronavirus patient within 14 days of their first symptoms.
  2. Those who have fever AND/OR lower respiratory symptoms, require hospitalization, and have traveled to areas impacted by the epidemic in the last 14 days.
  3. Patients with fever and severe, acute lower respiratory symptoms who require hospitalization, and for whom no other diagnosis has been found — such as the flu. No travel or contact exposure is needed.

How It Spreads

Since COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about the virus, the current understanding about how it spreads is largely based on what is known about similar respiratory illnesses.

  • Person to person contact:
    • To become sick, you have to be exposed to the virus. CDC defines exposure as being within 6 feet (2 meters) of someone with a confirmed infection for a prolonged period of time.
    • Exposure can occur through respiratory droplets-- when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory viruses spread.
  • Infected surfaces or objects:
    • It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
  • For these reasons, people at increased risk of infection are:
    • People who have been to areas where widespread community transmission is occurring.
    • People who had direct close contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19.
    • Like any other virus, no identity, community, ethnic, or racial group in Colorado is more at risk for getting or spreading COVID-19.
    • Following federal guidance, state and local public health agencies are working together to evaluate Colorado travelers returning from areas where widespread community transmission is occurring, in order to determine the need for monitoring, quarantine, or other restriction of movement and activities.
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Symptoms and Severity

  • Symptoms of COVID-19, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Illness can be severe and require hospitalization, but most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications.

Protecting Yourself and Others from COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Below are suggested measures from the CDC that can prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep your children at home when they are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • It is important to call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room to prevent the spread of illness. Tell them your symptoms and that you suspect you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 or had recent travel to a country that is experiencing community spread.

COVID-19 in the Community

  • Community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. Additionally, there is early evidence of some community transmission in a few states. If you have any symptoms and are concerned, you should contact a health care provider by calling first.
  • Colorado continues to work closely with CDC and organizations across the state to ensure our response is proactive, strong, and collaborative.


  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing a phone line to answer questions from the public about COVID-19. 
    • For answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more:
  • If you have symptoms and think you have been exposed, call ahead to your health care provider. 
    • UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center offers Ask-A-Nurse, a 24/7 call line staffed by registered nurses who can assess symptoms and provide advice on seeking care. In Routt County, Ask-A-Nurse can be reached by calling 970-871-7878.

    • Steamboat Emergency Center

      • 970-846-6230

    • If patients are experiencing severe symptoms or having difficulty breathing, they should visit the hospital’s emergency department.
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If you are experience severe symptoms or are having trouble breathing, head to the emergency room for an evaluation. If the symptoms are mild or moderate, there are likely things people can do at home in support of their symptoms such as virtual visits, online appointments and calling your healthcare provider.

Preventative Measures

Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases at CDC, describes preventative measures to help protect older adults from COVID-19.