GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — In the past two weeks, Mesa County has recorded 579 new COVID-19 cases, and 33% of those cases are from an unknown source. The county considers this uptick in unknown spread as “community transmission,” which means it is unclear where the source of exposure was, and therefore, there are more infected residents passing the virus on to others without knowing it.
For weeks Governor Polis has been stressing the state must do better to slow the spread. On October 27th, 2020 Governor Polis said, “we need to change the way we live. We need to stay safer at home.” And the Mesa County Public Health agrees that our community can no longer be casual about COVID.
Heidi Dragoo the executive director of Epidemiologists at MCPH says the rapid rise in our community’s COVID cases requires a call to action. Dragoo says, “for every single person in our community, it will take each and every one of us to change the direction that we are headed in right now.” She adds, “it is not going to be any of us alone that will change the direction. It is going to take each and everyone of us doing a couple of extra things just to help keep each other safe.”
Therefore, with COVID symptoms being so similar to flu symptoms, as well as the common cold, MCPH says you should stay home if you are feeling sick. In addition, MCPH says masks may not be perfect, but even if you are perfectly health and have a strong immune system, you should wear one because Dragoo notes, “it is really to protect people around you.”
In addition, the free COVID drive-thru community testing site at the Fairgrounds has announced its winter hours. Those are now 10 AM – 4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.