Vaccine not as effective against Delta variant

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — With the average Covid case count at 47 cases a day in Mesa county last week, the pandemic is far from over.
But the average one-week incidence rate is less than one-third of its peak back in November and the positivity rate is less than half.

“Our one-week incidence rate is 200, but to put this into perspective our highest incident rate was 800 back on November 20th,” says Jeff Kuhr, the Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health.

Even better news, according to the Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health, Mesa county’s herd immunity is only 1 percent off of the recommended range.

“We’re at about 69 percent, the recommendation is at 70 to 85 percent. I feel optimistic about it. the light at the end of the tunnel is with herd immunity in Mesa county,” says Kuhr.

It’s a number that could be raised with more vaccinations. Even local data shows these vaccines work. An overwhelming majority of new covid cases are in unvaccinated people, though there are a few incidents within the county where vaccinated people have still contracted the virus.

“Since January 1st we’ve had 7301 cases and of those 97 percent were not vaccinated. However in the past two weeks, of 690 cases, we had 11 percent vaccinated,” says Kuhr. “They talk about the vaccine being less effective for that delta strain, and we’re right in line with that.”

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