Top 5 stories on, week of Oct. 25 |

Top 5 stories on, week of Oct. 25

Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on for the past week.

1. WATCH: Mountain lion stalks hunter in southern Colorado

A man being stalked by a mountain lion in southern Colorado lived to tell about it — and post a two-minute Facebook video capturing the encounter.

The incident occurred while Steve Shively was scouting for elk and changing cards in his trail cameras near Bayfield, which is between Durango and Pagosa Springs.

In subsequent comments on his post, Shively joked about how frightened he was, although he was armed.

— John Meyer, The Denver Post

2. Summit County reports 6th-highest incidence rate of COVID-19 in Colorado as officials prepare for further restrictions

Summit County’s rate of new novel coronavirus cases is among the highest in the state, according to Colorado’s COVID-19 dial dashboard.

Summit County’s 14-day incidence rate of 560 new cases per 100,000 people is the sixth highest in the state. It’s even higher than that of densely populated Denver County, which is reporting an incidence rate of 400.1 new cases per 100,000 people, according to the dashboard.

The high rate of new cases falls within the state’s Stay-at-Home guidelines, the most restrictive phase of pandemic response. The county hasn’t been under Stay-at-Home orders since April. On Oct. 29, state officials gave the county one week to improve case numbers or risk moving into safer-at-home Level 3, which is labeled “high risk.”

Libby Stanford 

3. Summit County given one week to improve virus case numbers

Summit County released its third amended public health order in the span of one week Oct. 29, implementing further restrictions to quell the spread of the novel coronavirus including new event capacity limits.

The event capacity limitation was in addition to other measures, including limiting gatherings to six people, prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol at restaurants past 10 p.m. and limiting in-office capacity to 25%.

At a Summit County Board of Health meeting Oct. 29, Public Health Director Amy Wineland gave an update on the county’s consultation with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In that meeting, state officials gave the county one week to improve case numbers or risk moving into safer-at-home Level 3, which is labeled “high risk.”

Libby Stanford

4. Summit County reduces gathering size to 6, imposes more restrictions on restaurants, short-term lodging and offices

Summit County amended the local public health order Oct. 23, placing further restrictions on gathering sizes, office capacity, short-term lodging, and restaurants and bars.

The biggest change in the amended order has to do with gathering sizes. Previously, gathering sizes were limited to 10 people at one time. Now, the order limits indoor gatherings to six people at a time with outdoor gatherings limited to 10.

Short-term lodging facilities also are limited to no more than 10 people at a time.

Libby Stanford

5. Summit County public health officials say parties contributed to 22 virus cases among Summit High School students

A “large party” Oct. 17 was the catalyst for an outbreak of the novel coronavirus among Summit High School students, according to a news release from the Summit County Public Health Department.

On Oct. 26, Summit School District announced that in-person learning at the high school had been suspended until Nov. 9 because of nine quarantines at the school. On Oct. 28, public health officials reported 22 positive cases of the virus among students.

Through case investigations, Summit County public health officials found that many of the positive cases were linked to social gatherings, including an out-of-town sporting event as well as a party on the weekend of Oct. 10-11 and another party Oct. 17.

Nine of the students who tested positive attended the Oct. 17 party. Two of those nine students attended the party while under mandatory quarantine orders and while they were infectious. 

Libby Stanford

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