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LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: Mesa County Experiencing Widespread Transmission of Highly Contagious Delta Variant of COVID-19

MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Mesa County was the first location in Colorado where the B.1.617.2 variant was detected. The variant, first identified in India, was recently renamed the Delta variant and now accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Since it was first detected in Mesa County a little more than a month ago, this highly transmissible variant is spreading rapidly. There are now 125 identified cases of the Delta variant in Mesa County residents. Not all positive cases are sequenced for variants, meaning the actual number of infections is much higher.

To prevent the spread of this highly contagious illness, please stay home and do not go to work, child care, or gatherings if you have symptoms of any kind, even if you are vaccinated. Mesa County’s COVID-19 case data over the most recent 14 day period shows the most infections in the 10-19 age group (138). Another 50 cases have been in individuals age 0-9 in the last two weeks.

What we know about the Delta variant:

If you are not fully vaccinated, please take the following precautions:

Vaccination is an effective way to prevent illness and variant spread: