GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — “We’ve seen ten deaths within the past week because of some outbreaks at nursing homes. Overnight we went from 13 to 19 hospitalizations. We’re seeing more cases in schools,” says Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr. Increases in case counts, hospitalizations, percent positivity, and deaths. These are what he list as reasons Mesa County slid back into the Orange level of the “Safer at Home” phase. The Orange level of Safer at Home means the area is at high risk and only 1 phase away from the Stay at Home phase.
“If we got to stay at home it basically is that. It really limits most everything. It shuts the community back down again and we do not want to be there,” says Kuhr.
New restrictions include business capacity going down to 25 percent, and small gatherings being reduced to less than 10 people from no more than two households.
Kuhr says Mesa County’s two week case count is so severe that if those were the only numbers being looked at, Mesa County would actually be in the stay at home phase. He says it’s important for the community to stay diligent with wearing masks and social distancing to avoid higher Covid case counts and possible business shutdowns again.
“We want our schools to continue, we don’t want our nursing homes to have outbreaks, and we don’t want our hospitals overwhelmed,” says Kuhr.