GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Mesa County is the newest hotspot for the Delta variant.
To date, there are 157 cases of the Delta variant in Mesa County.
The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce is worried this new strain could hurt the growth of the local economy.
Diane Schwenke, President and CEO of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce says, “I’m most worried about the fact that we may not be able to recover to our full potential because our vaccination rates are so low and our case counts are so high and that would potentially scare off investors, scare off new residents and scare off tourists.”
The magic number is 70 percent to reach herd immunity.
39 percent of Mesa County residents are fully vaccinated, but Mesa County health officials say an additional 30 percent of the population have the antibodies from testing positive.
If you’re vaccinated? How does it feel and what can you do?
Frank Lopez, who’s visiting friends in Grand Junction says, “being confident that I’m protected against COVID and the different variants makes me feel more comfortable when I go out and see them makes me feel more comfortable being able to travel across the country and come out and see friends.”
Schwenke also had a special message for those in the community that haven’t been vaccinated yet, “Get vaccinated. If we can get the number of vaccinated folks up there, we’re going to be helping the local economy, our kids who aren’t able to get vaccinated the community as a whole, so get vaccinated.”
To find a vaccine near you, https://www.vaccines.gov/.