COVID-19 infections continue to rise locally when Mesa County Public Health reported Saturday that the two-week infection rate was 550.
Sixty-six new cases were announced on Saturday after 97 new cases reported on Friday. 192 new cases were logged in the past four days, bringing the weeklong positivity rate to 4.5%, according to Mesa County Public Health.
14,681 positive cases have been recorded since the pandemic started and 161 deaths. Hospital admissions fell slightly to 19 on Saturday.
Simultaneously with the surge in cases this week, the county health department announced that a new variant had been identified in Mesa county, which was first discovered in India. An infection with the new variant was found in five women who were not known to one another.
In the meantime, vaccination rates in the district have slowed. For the week ending May 1st, only 532
New first doses were given, the lowest weekly total this year.
The county announced in a press release last week that approximately 36% of eligible residents are now fully vaccinated after receiving either both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson single vaccine.
A mobile vaccination clinic arrived in Grand Junction last week to improve access to rural areas. The vaccine bus is still slated for next week in the county with stops in De Beque, Collbran, Gateway and Clifton. The vaccine is free and no photo identification is required. Appointments are welcome but not required and can be arranged online at mobilevax.us.
Vaccines are still available from the community vaccination facility at Grand Junction Convention Center, 159 Main St..
On May 19, the location will be relocated to the Public Health Building at 510 29½. Register at health.mesacounty.us/covid19/vaccine/ or by calling 970-248-6900. Spanish speakers can call 970-255-3700.