CDC: Colorado has highest COVID-19 case rate in the country, 70% of cases stem from variants

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo – CDC data shows all 50 states are seeing a decrease in new COVID-19 cases. In Colorado, the good news comes with some concern as the state has the highest case rate per 100,000 people. The state is also one of seven states labeled as having ‘high community transmission’ and has the seventh highest death rate.

Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health, says the state is reporting 70% of all new cases are from one of the many highly contagious variants. He adds Mesa County has 34 confirmed cases of the variant first found in India, but says the total is likely much higher.

Overall, cases in Colorado are doing down, but the county experiencing a second wave. Executive Director Kuhr says he is begging residents to get vaccinated, calling it our easiest protection from the virus. He also points to the county’s low vaccination rate as a reason for the recent increase in new cases, saying Mesa County has a vaccination rate about 15% lower than the Denver metro.

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