Likely More COVID Cases than Official Report

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Mesa County Public Health hosts Friday’s community briefing, providing an update on the local number of cases and the likelihood that there are more.

Mesa County Public Health Director Jeff Kuhr says we currently have 33 positive cases in the county, with 180 pending test results.

He warned that the county is experiencing widespread community transmission with eight positive cases coming from an unknown source, that number is up from five on Wednesday.

“About 20% of those that are affected by this have more severe symptoms, some of those need hospitalizations, which means 80% of the people that can track this virus are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, so 33 is not the absolute number of people that we have positive in Mesa County,” said Dr. Kuhr.

Dr. Kuhr says the department knows these numbers will continue to climb.

“This exponentially increases throughout the community, similar to what we see during flu season, so it’s not the time to rest,” said Dr. Kuhr.

He also encouraged everyone to wear masks when out in public.

These community briefings are broadcasted live on the MCPH Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 11 a.m.

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