GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
November 2020 was the deadliest COVID-19 month in Mesa County with 45 deaths in connection with COVID, according to Mesa County Public Health, and now, the county health department fears the worst. “We’ve been nervous about this month cause we know what happened one year ago. And, so far this month, we’re seeing illness levels continue to spike. We’ve already seen ten deaths this month due to COVID-19 in our community,” said Stefany Busch with Mesa County Public Health.
Since the start of the pandemic 94 children ages five to eleven have died from COVID-19, and more than 8,300 have been hospitalized, according to the CDC, but there’s new hope going into the arms of kids in Mesa County. “We gave 150 vaccines on Saturday. In that learning experience we did learn the demand is so high right now. So, we’re looking at ways to expand our hours because right now, hours are only available on Saturdays,” said Busch.
Kids ages five to eleven are now eligible for the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine and doses of the vaccine have already been doled out to more than a hundred kids here in Mesa County, and the best way to protect your kid from the Coronavirus is to sign up for the shot. Busch says, “There are currently 25 outbreaks in schools, in general in Mesa County. This includes more schools than just D51 schools, and the largest outbreak we’re currently seeing is 73 at Grand Mesa Middle School.”
The county is averaging 112 COVID cases a day, according to MCPH data showing the last seven day average. The county health department is hoping to supply plenty of vaccines to kids in the county in the coming weeks to protect younger generations from the deadly virus.