Delta variant calls for concern


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Mesa County continues to see a spike in new COVID-19 cases because of the Delta variant.

Last week, there were 157 reported cases of the Delta variant. This week, that number has climbed to 258.

100% of the virus that is being transmitted in Mesa County is the Delta variant.

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the Colorado State Epidemiologist was in town on Tuesday to give some advice on the importance of getting vaccinated, “the time is more important now than ever to be vaccinated to protect individuals, family members, to protect our community and really end this pandemic and soon as we can.”

Colorado has the second-highest rate of the Delta variant in the nation.

If those who are unvaccinated refuse to get the shot, hospitals everywhere will remain overwhelmed.

Dr. Benjamin Peery, from Valley View Hospital, says, “this large rise in cases out of the unvaccinated population is a significant worry to health care facilities across the state and certainly nationally as well.”

Community awareness such as phone banking, emails, text messaging, and even mobile vaccine clinics are all great ways to spread the word.

For those who are hesitant about the vaccine, Dr. Herlihy has a reminder for you, “we can get to higher levels of vaccinations. We need to make sure we understand questions are about the vaccines, answer those questions, and make sure people have the information they need to make those decisions for themselves and their families.”

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