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.
- 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 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.