MCPH sees COVID-19 spike in 20 to 29-year-olds

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. — The presence of COVID-19 continues in Mesa County. Mesa County Public Health cites a spike in 20 to 29-year-olds in the last two weeks.

Mesa County Public Health Director Jeff Kuhr says in the last two weeks 45 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the county have been between the ages of 20-29.

Kuhr cites this is likely because this age group is more prone to private gatherings.

Mesa County recently entered it’s phase three of reopening which allows for indoor spaces to have up to 50 percent capacity of 500 people, whichever is less.

The state requires multiple standards for the county to remain under its reopening variance.

Kuhr says expanded testing in the county could lead to a jump in more cases being found but this won’t be enough to get the variance revoked.

“Under the state’s metrics, we’re supposed to be at 50 per 100,000. We’ve got 150,000 people so really we need to be below 75 people. For the past two weeks, we’re at 91 which is high. If we got pushed on it we could make our case based on percent positivity,” says Jeff Kuhr.

The state requires Mesa County to remain under 5 percent of all COVID-19 tests coming back positive. This county has consistently remained around 2 percent positivity in recent months.

See the latest COVID-19 statistics in Mesa County here.

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