GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (KREX) Data from Colorado Department of Public Health https://covid19.colorado.gov/data shows since Oct. 3 almost 100% of COVID-19 cases in the state are Delta variant. The alarming amount of Delta variant cases now in Colorado, came as no shock to local health officials. “Mesa County saw Delta variant first out of the entire state,” Stefany Busch, Mesa County Public Health said “The overwhelming majority for some weeks, all of our variants are Delta variant and its been this way for several months in Mesa County.”
With COVID-19 cases at an all time high, public health officials are urging residents to take precautions as we head into the winter season when COVID is more likely to spread. To protect you and your loved ones using masks and socially distancing is effective but the best defense is to roll up your sleeve and get the vaccine. “As with any communicable disease really the best defense against COVID-19 is vaccination,” Allison Sanchez, MCPH Clinical Services manager said.
With COVID-19 illnesses on the rise in Mesa County, health officials say this is something they’ve seen before. “Its a deja vu that we aren’t thrilled to see, our levels of illness right now look a lot like they did in 2020 of October/November time and we are actually doing worse right now then we did a year ago,” Busch said.
The health department is offering three vaccines and booster shots for certain age groups. “Right now at MCPH we are offering all COVID-19 vaccines so that’s Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson and all boosters in those areas,” Sanchez said.
Johnson and Johnson boosters are available for anyone two months after your initial vaccine, and for some groups, six months after for Moderna and Pfizer, those under the age of 12 still have to wait for the FDA and CDC approval. “They have not been eligible for vaccination yet, but we are waiting on the data to get them in here and then everything will start to follow a timeline when it comes along to boosters,” Sanchez said.
As COVID-19 continues to spread in the county, health officials are urging all residents to get vaccinated. “The most important thing to understand about COVID-19 as well as with Flu, we are trying to protect our community as a whole, vaccination isn’t just about individuals but about protecting everyone that is around us.”
To learn more about what vaccines and boosters are available head to https://health.mesacounty.us/ and schedule your appointment with MCPH.