Public Health Emerging Issues

July 9, 2021


Delta Variant Spread

  • There are 569 cases of Delta variant in Mesa County.
    • 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. 
  • Vaccination is critically important as case counts continue to be at a sustained increase in Mesa County and community transmission of the Delta variant is widespread. 
  • Available vaccines provide protection against all COVID-19 strains, including emerging variants.
  • These variants are more transmissible and can be more severe, with recent studies showing nearly double the hospitalization risk with the Delta variant. 
  • Vaccination is proven to reduce severe illness, including hospitalization and death.
  • Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. 

Vaccination Efforts

  • Vaccines are FREE.
  • The Power the Comeback COVID-19 Vaccine Bus is making stops at the following locations:
    • July 9 from 8 a.m. to  11:30 a.m. at Horizon Drive and Crossroads Blvd
    • July 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Colorado Canyons Hospital, 228 N. Cherry (Fruita)
    • July 10 from 12 p.m to 8 p.m . at 7th and Main, Downtown Grand Junction
    • July 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Whitman Park (all vaccine types available, look for the MCPH van)  
    • July 11 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway
    • July 11 from 2 pm to 5 p.m. at Laurel House, 3197 N. 12th
    • July 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at CoorsTek, 2449 Riverside Parkway
    • July 14 from 12 p.m. to  2 p.m. at Central Library, 443 N. 6th St.
    • July 14 from 3  8 p.m. at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road
    • July 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Capco. 1328 Winters
    • July 16 from 8 5 p.m. a Western Colorado Contractors Association Industry Day Vaccine Event at 2405 Patterson Road
    • July 17 from 11 6:00 pm at Cesar Chavez Day at Las Colonias Park. 725 Struthers
    • July 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Community Hospital, 2351 G Road
    • July 21 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave.   
    • NEW LOCATION:  July 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Community Food Bank,  476 28 1/2 Rd
  • Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) offers COVID-19 vaccinations in a Mobile Vaccine Van at the Market on Main  (5th and Main St.) every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

*No appointment, ID, or insurance is required for any bus/van vaccinations.

  • MCPH wants to support our business community through up-to-date information on employee vaccination and has put together a toolkit to 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. 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.

Make a Plan

  • As you plan summertime activities and get ready for the school year, remember that full protection builds in the two weeks following your second dose (or after your first dose of a single dose vaccine). Plan your vaccine today to ensure the safest possible interactions this summer.
  • If you would like to talk to someone about scheduling or the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, call 970-248-6900 and press option 7.
  • Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish are encouraged to call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.
  • The State of Colorado has set up a Vaccine Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with answers to general vaccine questions available in multiple languages. Call 1-877-CO-VAX-CO (1-877-268-2926).

Latest Data Vaccine Data 

  • As of the week ending July 3, 54,096 first doses and 55,303 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 109,399 doses. By age that breaks down as the following percentages for first doses:
  • 12-15=17.8%
  • 16-19=24.3%
  • 20-29=29.5%
  • 30-39=35.4%
  • 40-49=40.2%
  • 50-59=48.7%
  • 60-69=67.3%
  • 70+=68.6%
  • Total=45.47%


  • Approximately 41% 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.