Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Routt County is at LOW RISK

Road to Recovery Public Health Order

On November 13, 2020 Routt County adopted the TownState’s COVID-19 Dial framework and on April 16, 2021, Routt County adopted its own metrics and dial based on the decision of Governor Polis to devolve the state’s COVID-19 dial.

The local dial is based on metrics utilizing a fourteen-day rolling average. Routt County’s local public health order, metrics and COVID-19 dial has three levels:  low risk, caution and high risk

Routt County will qualify to move between levels after seven days of maintaining the metrics for a new level. There are no color codes for each level.


  • Fewer than 52 new cases within a  14 day-time period -OR- 75% vaccination level of Routt County residents 16 years of age or older.
  • Less than 5 percent test positivity rate.
  • Local hospital capacity is not limited.

Individuals must comply with all State Executive Orders and Public Health Orders and the following local restriction:  

Face Coverings.  To align with the federal guidelines and Colorado’s public health order, the Routt County Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind the current public health order requiring facial masks in indoor public spaces or outdoor locations when socially distancing is not possible. Masks will no longer be required in most indoor public spaces as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 in Routt County, unless required by a local business or organization. 


  • 52 to two hundred 256 new cases within a 14 day-time period.
  • 5 percent to 10 percent test positivity rate.
  • Local hospital capacity is not limited.

Individuals and entities must comply with these local restrictions:

  1. The Face Covering requirement set forth in Low Risk Level. (Mask mandate rescinded 5/18/2021)
  2. Distancing requirements.  Individuals shall maintain at least six (6) feet of distance from other individuals who are non-household members. 
  3. Indoor and outdoor events open to the public that are expecting 500 or more people must have a COVID-19 Mitigation Protocol as described in Section 8 and such Protocol must be approved by Routt County Public Health. 
  4. Business Requirements. This Section applies to any individual, business or organization.  
    1. Businesses shall not allow employees showing any symptoms or signs of sickness or who are subject to isolation or quarantine orders to work at the Business or remain on the Business’ premises.  
    2. Businesses shall arrange indoor space or seating areas to accommodate 6 foot distancing. If outdoor spaces are available, 3 foot distancing is required outdoors. Individuals who are not members of the same household may be seated at the same table within 6 feet of each other, however, there shall be no more than 10 individuals per table.
  5. Bars without food service are prohibited from operating within indoor settings. Furthermore, bar seating is prohibited unless the bar is also used for food service.
  6. Public transportation service providers may operate at 75% capacity. Those transportation service providers engaged in interstate commerce may operate at 100% capacity. Face coverings shall be worn by all drivers and passengers for the duration of the transportation service and passengers shall be provided hand sanitizer before entering the vehicle. 
  7. Businesses must adopt policies to reduce densities in indoor areas (e.g. using reservation systems and eliminating communal or “seat yourself” options) and must implement or update Mitigation Protocols.

Full list of requirements under Caution are available HERE


  • More than 256 new COVID-19 cases within a 14 day-time period.
  • 10 percent or greater test positivity rate.
  • Local and/or regional hospitals at 85% or greater capacity.

Individuals and Businesses must comply with the following restrictions:

  •  All local restrictions set forth above for Caution Level. 
  • All provisions of the CDPHE “Tenth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 COVID-19 Dial” dated April 4, 2021 for Level Orange: High Risk. This incorporation of the CDPHE Order shall have full effect regardless of any State action that may make the State’s COVID-19 Dial voluntary or optional and shall remain enforceable as an Order of the Routt County Board of Health.
  •  If this Order contradicts those requirements set forth in the “Tenth Amended Public Health Order 20-36 COVID-19 Dial” dated April 4, 2021 for Level Orange: High Risk, this Order shall prevail.



Colorado Health Emergency Hotline

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

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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.


  • 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.