Health Department: Delta variant, formally known as India variant, spreading rapidly in Mesa County

Vaccination is an effective way to prevent illness and variant spread, says Mesa County Public Health
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:19 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa County Public Health is warning the public that the Delta variant of COVID-19, otherwise known as the India variant, or B.1.617.2, is rapidly spreading in the community.

Mesa County was the first location in Colorado where the variant was detected, and since being detected a month ago, it has proven to be highly transmissible. As of now, there are 125 identified cases of the variant in Mesa County residents, but that number is actually higher as not all positive cases are sequenced for variants, explains the health department.

The health department says those in the younger population are at heightened risk to get infected.

In just the past 14 days, 138 COVID-19 cases have been identified among the 10-19 age group, and another 50 cases have been in individuals age 0-9 in that same time frame.

Currently, the Delta variant accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the U.S. according to the CDC.

In a press release, Mesa County Public Health stated the following:

What we know about the Delta variant:

  • More contagious and transmissible, particularly among youth ages 12-20. A recent study in India found it to be 50% more contagious than other COVID-19 strains. In Mesa County 38 of the 125 Delta variant cases have been reported in individuals between the ages of 0-19.
  • Higher risk of hospitalization in unvaccinated individuals. A CDC study found a rise in adolescent (ages 12 to17) hospitalizations in March-April for all strains of COVID-19.

If you are not fully vaccinated, please take the following precautions:

  • Avoid crowds and keep your distance from others, this virus and variant strain is highly contagious and spreads mainly through respiratory droplets when someone talks, coughs, or sneezes.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings, wherever social distancing is not possible, and where required by federal or other facility regulations.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Vaccination is an effective way to prevent illness and variant spread:

  • All Mesa County residents age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
  • The vaccine is widely available in our community at numerous pharmacies and the Community Vaccination Site at Mesa County Public Health. Click here to schedule your vaccine.
  • There is no cost for COVID-19 vaccination.

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