Mesa County to transition into Level Yellow: Concern
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Effective February 17, Mesa County will transition to Level Yellow: Concern, on the state’s dial system.
The move was prompted by a continual decline of cases in the county.
Under the new level, most industries are allowed 50% capacity with social distancing measures in place. Personal gatherings under the State of Colorado’s Dial framework are considered a high-risk activity and remain limited to up to 10 people from no more than two households.
Private and personal gatherings continue to be a frequent source of transmission in Mesa County, accounting for approximately 9% of recent cases. Transmission from a family member remains the largest source of exposure with approximately 63% of known cases coming from a family member, according to case investigation data.
In early January, the State revised the Dial system, moving to one-week measures and changing the metrics to qualify for each level. Capacity restrictions at each level did not change.
In order to qualify for Level Yellow: Concern, Mesa County has demonstrated sustained declines to meet the thresholds in three key areas:
• Between 100 and 300 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in one week;
• Rate of positive tests is no more than 7.5%;
• Stable or declining hospitalizations.
The level shift comes six weeks after illness levels allowed a shift from Severe Risk: Red to High Risk: Orange.
To track case counts and other data related to disease levels in our community, visit the Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 data dashboard here.
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