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Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Activity update

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Activity update

Public Health Emerging Issues

August 4, 2021

COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE

COVID-19 Case Trends

  • Community transmission remains high, with a decline in average daily cases.
  • Four weeks ago, the average daily case count was 32, in the most recent week, the average daily case count is 26. 

Delta Variant Spread

  • There are 880 cases of Delta variant in Mesa County.
    • The rate of new Delta variant cases has remained relatively steady in recent weeks.
    • We estimate the total number of Delta variant cases to be much higher.
    • Not all positive COVID-19 tests are tested again for variants. 
    • Variant testing occurs through random sampling of positive tests. 
  • These variants are more transmissible and can be more severe, with recent studies showing nearly double the hospitalization risk with the Delta variant.
  • Available vaccines reduce severe illness, including hospitalization and death, associated with all COVID-19 strains, including emerging variants. 
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released updated guidance for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities. The changes come after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended mask use for vaccinated individuals indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission

Vaccination Efforts

  • Vaccines are FREE.
  • The State of Colorado is offering $100 Walmart gift cards while supplies last to anyone who receives a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating state-operated vaccine site.
  • MCPH offers COVID-19 vaccinations in a Mobile Vaccine Van at the Market on Main (5th and Main St.) every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. See additional MCPH Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics below:
    • Wednesday, August 11 at Mesa Mall’s Back to School Party from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm.
    • Sunday, August 22 at Mesa Mall’s Mav Attack from 2 pm–5 pm.

Your Vaccine is Waiting

  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is quick and easy, plan for about 30 minutes.
  • The Community Vaccination Site, located at 510 29 ½ Road, accepts walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • All three vaccine types are available, residents are able to choose which vaccine they would like.
  • Immediate scheduling for appointments is still available. An appointment can make the process a little smoother. Schedule your vaccine today using these links in English or Spanish.  Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish are encouraged to call the Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.
  • Search for other vaccine providers in our area including pharmacies and medical clinics, many offer walk-in vaccination. This provider map is updated weekly.

Latest Data Vaccine Data 

  • As of the week ending July 31, 56,653 first doses and 58,200 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 114,853 doses.A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the MCPH website with new data related to vaccine by age group.

Testing Efforts

  • Testing is FREE.
  • The Mesa County community COVID-19 testing site offers the Cue test, a highly accurate, rapid COVID-19 test. Results are available in about 20 minutes.
  • Cue and PCR testing is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), located at 510 29 ½ Road.

Appointments are not required, but you can pre-register online to save time.

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Activity update

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Activity update

Public Health Emerging Issues

July 28, 2021

COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE 

COVID-19 Case Trends

  • We continue to see a steady decline in average daily cases.
  • Four weeks ago, the average daily case count was 45. 
  • In the most recent week, the average daily case count is 33. 

Delta Variant Spread

  • There are 836 cases of Delta variant in Mesa County.
    • The rate of new Delta variant cases has remained relatively steady in recent weeks.
    • We estimate the total number of Delta variant cases to be much higher.
    • Not all positive COVID-19 tests are tested again for variants. 
    • Variant testing occurs through random sampling of positive tests. 
  • These variants are more transmissible and can be more severe, with recent studies showing nearly double the hospitalization risk with the Delta variant.
  • Available vaccines reduce severe illness, including hospitalization and death, associated with all COVID-19 strains, including emerging variants. 
  • The CDC recently updated guidance related to face coverings given the spread of the Delta variant across the United States. 
  • Learn more about the updated recommendations here

Vaccination Efforts

  • Vaccines are FREE.
  • The State of Colorado is offering $100 Walmart gift cards while supplies last to anyone who receives a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating state-operated vaccine site.
  • Participation at these mobile clinics has grown since the gift card incentive began; increasing from 15-30 to 70-90 on average, at each event held so far.
    • The Power the Comeback vaccine bus at the Walmart Supercenter (2545 Rimrock Ave.) is offering gift cards until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28. Additional dates and locations can be found here.
  • MCPH offers COVID-19 vaccinations in a Mobile Vaccine Van at the Market on Main (5th and Main St.) every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • A toolkit from MCPH can help employers and organizations schedule on-site vaccination clinics and navigate COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace. Download the toolkit here.

Your Vaccine is Waiting

  • The Community Vaccination Site, located at 510 29 ½ Road, accepts walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Hours of operation have changed to run Wednesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • All three vaccine types are available, residents are able to choose which vaccine they would like.
  • Immediate scheduling for appointments is still available. An appointment can make the process a little smoother. Schedule your vaccine today using these links: English or  Spanish.  Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish are encouraged to call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.
  • Search for other vaccine providers in our area including pharmacies and medical clinics, many offer walk-in vaccination. This provider map is updated weekly.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is quick and easy, plan for about 30 minutes.

 

Latest Data Vaccine Data 

  • As of the week ending July 24, 56,030 first doses and 57,603 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 113,633 doses. By age that breaks down as the following percentages for first doses:

 

  • 12-15: 21.2%
  • 16-19: 26.1%
  • 20-29: 31%
  • 30-39: 36.7%
  • 40-49: 41.7%
  • 50-59: 50.1%
  • 60-69: 68.6%
  • 70+:    69.2%
  • Total:   46.9%

 

  • Approximately 43% of Mesa County residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses in a two-dose series, or a single dose vaccine. A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the MCPH website with new data related to vaccine by age group.

 

Testing Efforts

  • Testing is FREE.
  • The Mesa County community COVID-19 testing site offers the Cue test, a highly accurate, rapid COVID-19 test. Results are available in about 20 minutes.
  • Cue and PCR testing is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), located at 510 29 ½ Road.
  • Appointments are not required, but you can pre-register online to save time.
Navigating Mask Recommendations: Mesa County Experiencing High COVID-19 Transmission

Navigating Mask Recommendations: Mesa County Experiencing High COVID-19 Transmission

NAVIGATING MASK-WEARING RECOMMENDATIONS:

MESA COUNTY EXPERIENCING HIGH TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week in order to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, the use of a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission is recommended.

Mesa County’s current illness levels are classified as high by the CDC. Mesa County was the first location in Colorado where the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant was detected. The Delta variant currently accounts for approximately 90% of cases statewide. It is more contagious and impacts residents of all ages, including younger individuals. 

Should I wear a mask?

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to recommend unvaccinated individuals wear a face-covering in public, and with the presence of the Delta variant in our community, continue to urge all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to take precautions in high-risk settings, such as indoors or when interacting with groups where vaccination status may be unknown. 

A Health Alert issued on June 9 includes prevention measures for all Mesa County residents, regardless of vaccination status. These strategies used in a layered approach continue to be our recommendation. All Mesa County Residents are asked to please stay home and do not go to work, child care, public places, or gatherings if you have symptoms of any kind, even if you are vaccinated. If you have symptoms, even if they seem mild, please get a COVID-19 test.

Vaccination Stops the Spread and the Mutation of the Virus

As long COVID is spreading from person to person, it could continue to mutate. Following public health guidelines related to distancing, mask-wearing and vaccination are all in an effort to prevent additional virus spread that could lead to even more dangerous variants of the coronavirus down the road.

“We encourage all Mesa County residents to aid in ending COVID in our community. Getting vaccinated and wearing masks when indoors and close together, is always going to be encouraged as long as COVID is around,” Mesa County Public Health Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr said. Vaccination protects those in our community who cannot get the vaccine and also prevents individuals from missing work, being quarantined, and being unable to participate in the Western Colorado way of life we are working to return to.

Key Reminders about COVID-19 Vaccination 

  • All Mesa County residents age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
  • The vaccine is widely available in our community at numerous pharmacies, mobile clinics, and the Community Vaccination Site at Mesa County Public Health.
  • Walk-ins are accepted at most locations, scheduling an appointment is also an option.

Stay up to date by visiting health.mesacounty.us.

Public Health Emerging Issues: Plague in Colorado

Public Health Emerging Issues: Plague in Colorado

Public Health Emerging Issues

July 27, 2021

Plague Activity in Colorado: Protect Yourself and Know the Symptoms

  • Plague is an illness carried by fleas that live on rodents such as mice, squirrels, chipmunks, and prairie dogs. Their fleas can jump onto domestic animals and pets, infecting those animals or carrying fleas into homes.
  • Most human plague cases result from the bites of infected fleas. Less commonly, people are infected by direct contact with fluids or tissues from infected rodents or other animals (alive or dead), including domestic animals and pets.
  • Plague has been confirmed in six colorado Counties (not including Mesa) this year and the state recorded its first human death since 2015.

Avoid Illness by Taking Precautions

  • Avoid handling dead animals. 
  • Stay out of areas where wild rodents live. If you enter areas inhabited by wild rodents, wear insect repellent and protective clothing to prevent flea bites.
  • Avoid feeding rodents; keep food, pet food, and bird feed in rodent-proof containers. 
  • Keep your pets out of rodent burrows or from playing with dead animals. This
    includes keeping cats from hunting potentially sick rodents. 
  • Talk to your veterinarian about flea control for your pets, and monitor for signs and symptoms of plague (fever or an abscess (i.e. open sore) or swollen lymph nodes), in your animals. 
  • Sudden and large die-offs of rodents could indicate plague activity. If you see such activity, please notify Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) at 970-248-6900.

Know the Symptoms

  • Symptoms of plague in people include sudden onset of high fever, muscle pain, an overall feeling of tiredness, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Individuals with the bubonic form of plague will develop a large, swollen, painful lymph node, called a bubo, in the area of the flea bite. If the patient is not promptly treated with antibiotics, the plague bacteria can enter the bloodstream (septicemic plague) or lungs (pneumonic plague), causing severe, life-threatening complications.

If you believe you’ve come in contact with an animal that may be carrying plague or another infectious disease, please contact your medical provider.

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Activity update

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Activity Update

Public Health Emerging Issues

July 22, 2021

COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE 

School Guidance

  • Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) worked in coordination with Mesa County Valley School District 51 (D51) on their Keeping Schools Open plan for the 2021-2022 school year. 
  • We will continue to work in collaboration with D51 to identify illness swiftly and take appropriate measures to slow the spread of illness, as well as monitor illness community-wide and make adjustments if needed. The plan remains flexible.

 

Delta Variant Spread

  • There are 836 cases of Delta variant in Mesa County.
    • There were 634 reported last week, an increase of 202. 
    • We estimate the total number of Delta variant cases to be much higher.
    • Not all positive COVID-19 tests are tested again for variants. 
    • Variant testing occurs through random sampling of positive tests. 
  • These variants are more transmissible and can be more severe, with recent studies showing nearly double the hospitalization risk with the Delta variant.
  • Available vaccines reduce severe illness, including hospitalization and death, associated with all COVID-19 strains, including emerging variants. 

 

Testing Efforts

  • Testing is FREE.
  • The Mesa County community COVID-19 testing site offers the Cue test, a highly accurate, rapid COVID-19 test. Results are available in about 20 minutes.
  • Cue and PCR testing is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), located at 510 29 ½ Road.
  • Appointments are not required, but you can pre-register online to save time.

 

Vaccination Efforts

  • Vaccines are FREE.
  • The State of Colorado is offering $100 Walmart gift cards while supplies last to anyone who receives a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a participating state-operated vaccine site. The first opportunity in Mesa County is on Sunday, July 25. More information here.
  • On July 29, The Power the Comeback COVID-19 Vaccine Bus will be at Community Food Bank, 476 28 1/2 Rd. from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • MCPH offers COVID-19 vaccinations in a Mobile Vaccine Van at the Market on Main (5th and Main St.) every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • A toolkit from MCPH can help employers and organizations schedule on-site vaccination clinics and navigate COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace. Download the toolkit here.

 

Your Vaccine is Waiting

  • The Community Vaccination Site, located at 510 29 ½ Road, accepts walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • All three vaccine types are available, residents are able to choose which vaccine they would like.
  • Immediate scheduling for appointments is still available. An appointment can make the process a little smoother. Schedule your vaccine today using these links: English or  Spanish.  Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish are encouraged to call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.
  • Search for other vaccine providers in our area including pharmacies and medical clinics, many offer walk-in vaccination. This provider map is updated weekly.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is quick and easy, plan for about 30 minutes.

 

Latest Data Vaccine Data 

  • As of the week ending July 17, 55,357 first doses and 56,938 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 112,295 doses. By age that breaks down as the following percentages for first doses:

 

  • 12-15=20%
  • 16-19=25.6%
  • 20-29=20.7%
  • 30-39=36.3%
  • 40-49=41.3%
  • 50-59=49.7%
  • 60-69=68.2%
  • 70+=69%
  • Total=46.49%

 

  • Approximately 43% of Mesa County residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses in a two-dose series, or a single dose vaccine. A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the MCPH website with new data related to vaccine by age group.