Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to closely monitor case counts as well as illness in our community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mesa County has had 60 positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed through PCR, or nasal swab, testing. Of the positive cases, 53 are considered recovered, which MCPH defines as being more than 14 days from illness onset, or the day when symptoms started.
Increased supplies and expanded criteria related to who is able to be sampled for COVID-19 testing in Mesa County has increased significantly in recent weeks. At the community sampling site, MCPH tested an average of 55 people per day between May 26 and May 29. In addition, there are several local clinics now doing COVID-19 sampling and testing. Mesa County has also opened more businesses and gatherings of 50 people are now allowed under Phase 2 of the reopening.
With increases in testing and relaxed social distancing measures, MCPH expects to see additional cases of COVID-19. We understand that there is low prevalence of COVID-19 across the community which means that this illness remains a threat and continues to require action from each of us to continue to slow the spread. This week, five new cases of COVID-19 were reported to MCPH with illness onset dates ranging from late May to as recent as June 1. The new cases do not appear to be connected to one another. The majority of the new cases were in adults between the ages of 20-29.
Mesa County remains well prepared to handle an increase in cases. We have a robust infrastructure in place to quickly identify and investigate illness in our community, but the recent increase serves as a reminder to stay the course. We ask our community to continue being part of the solution to maintain low levels of illness in Mesa County. Your actions keep our community safe:
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance between you and others.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth in public.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Get tested if symptoms appear.
Our community following these reopening guidelines allows us to keep on our path forward.
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