GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KFQX) – Over the course of the pandemic, COVID-19 has spared no county in Colorado and hospitals are preparing for another potential surge.
The nation continues to battle COVID-19 and now our newest competitor, the Omicron variant. “From when Colorado first recorded its first case of Omicron, now about three weeks later we are at about 90% of all of Colorado variant cases are Omicron,” Stefany Busch, Mesa County Public Health says.
The Western Slope added to the 90% total, with Mesa County’s three reported Omicron cases. State officials predict that number to climb. “It is spreading faster, there are people that are unvaccinated that get Omicron that don’t even know it because they aren’t sick or have a very mild illness, but it is still just as severe,” Governor Polis said.
Mesa County continues to report a substantial number of positive cases, deaths related to COVID-19, hospital admissions and 90% of residents currently hospitalized are unvaccinated.
The city of Glenwood Springs is following in the foot steps of eight other Colorado County’s now enforcing mask mandates. “We have a regional economy and we have an increasing number of cases in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield County’s.”
In Mesa County, health officials are waiting for the states response. “I do not think we will see a Mesa County order/mandate like that come back unless the state did implement it,” Busch said.
While the state prepares for another possible surge, the Colorado Department of Public Health is ready to support rural communities. “We are doing all that we can to provide our mountain communities with information and tech assistance that we can and making sure that we are here to support their health care systems as they see this potential surge in patients,” Scott Bookman, CDPHE said.
Montrose Regional Hospital bounced back from their ICU COVID-19 surge, but is fearful for the future. “If it continues at this level, it can definitely hurt us in the long run, we are knock on wood doing very well at this time but it depends on how long this continues to go,” Leann Tobin, Montrose Regional Hospital said.