GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KFQX) – Mesa County Public Health, has identified three residents who have tested positive for the Omicron COVID-19 variant and health officials are predicting more cases to follow.

All three individuals that tested positive for Omicron are under the age of 60 and one is a teenager.

As more residents return from their holiday travels, health officials are urging community members to take precaution. Mesa County is not the first county in the state to report an Omicron case, as the variant has been spreading across Colorado for about three weeks. “This omicron variant does seem to spread easier than the original COVID-19 virus,” Stefany Busch, Mesa County Public Health says, “Based on how this has spread throughout our state so far, in just less than a month being almost 90% of all variant cases in the state, we do expect this variant to continue to spread.”

Mesa County Public Health states, at this time the county has no plans to enforce a mask order, as the county anticipates a response from state officials.

The City of Denver, Telluride and as of Wednesday (12/29), Glenwood springs, all have mask mandates in place until the foreseeable future.

Doctor Anthony Fauci says Omicron seems less severe compared to previous forms of the coronavirus.

Speaking at a COVID-19 briefing , the Nation’s top infectious disease doctor says that while that may be true, Americans shouldn’t let their guard down. “Increased transmissibility of Omicron, resulting in an extremely high volume of cases, may override some of the impact of the lower disease severity and so we should not become complacent since our hospital system could still be stressed in certain areas of the country,” Dr. Fauci said.