Due to a sustained decline in cases of COVID-19 Mesa County will transition to Level Orange: High Risk on the state of Colorado’s dial effective January 4. The move allows businesses who were not part of Mesa County’s Variance Protection (5-star) Program to operate at a greater capacity, partners certified with a 5-star rating may continue to operate at their current level. If declines continue on the current trend, we anticipate these certified businesses will be able to move to level yellow, as soon as the middle part of January.

“Mesa County has stepped up in a big way to get us here, we’re thrilled to see the dial shift back toward green,” Mesa County Public Health Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr said. The most recent data shows a slowing of illness due to COVID-19 in our community; case counts, hospitalizations, and percent positivity are all down in the most recent two week period. 

Still, the number of cases for which the source of exposure is unknown accounts for about 41% of cases in the past two weeks, indicating there is still community spread occurring. “We can’t let our guard down, I ask residents to continue to wash their hands, wear a mask, and avoid in-person interactions with people outside your immediate household.”

To track case counts and other data to monitor disease levels in our community, visit the Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 data dashboard here.