MESA COUNTY, Colo. — COVID-19 cases are surging again in Colorado. The state reports 700 new cases today, 16 of which are in Mesa County. In response, Gov, Jared Polis is urging all Coloradans to remain COVID compliant. During a conference on Tuesday regarding the rise in confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, he said, “if it continues to double, if we continue on this trajectory then we will be in trouble.” However, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds the First Annual Fall Carnival will still take place.
Gov. Polis says Coloradans must do better to fight this deadly disease, and he is pleading with us to be careful, social distance, wear masks, and wash our hands. Specifically in Mesa County, although the quantity of positive COVID cases and hospitalization have not been as severe as on the front range, Mesa County Public Health says we cannot be complacent because there have been 7 outbreaks since September 1st.
However, the rise and concerns are not postponing the First Annual Fall Carnival at the Mesa County Fairgrounds taking place across from the Free COVID testing site. Jeff Kuhr from Mesa County Public Health says he is cautious of the virus, but most of the county’s positive cases have been tracked to small gatherings rather than larger outdoor events. In turn, the carnival will happened October 15th through October 25th.
In addition, every large event must get approved by Mesa County Public Health before it occurs, and that applied to this Fall Carnival as well. Officials from the carnival say social distancing guidelines will be enforced, and therefore, there will be no more than 500 people per day and every hour the rides will be sanitized. Also, supervising the carnival, and double checking that the COVID-19 precautions are taking place, will be an official from Mesa County Public Health.