Mesa County Public Health calls for extra precautions for holiday gatherings

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Mesa County Public Health is asking residents to take extra precautions as the holidays approach as hospital capacity continues to be a concern.

The county has recently seen a substantial increase in Covid-19 cases. This is in addition to the high transmission rate the county has experienced over the past month. Recently, it went from 7.5% to 8.7%. The Department of Health says we never want to see anything more than 5%.

While they recognize that family is good for our mental health, officials say we need to be mindful of our physical health more than ever. We must remember that we did not get out of the woods. Covid cases remain high, hospitals are full and now we are tossing the flu into the mix.

Local hospitals are full or close to it due to both Covid and non-Covid-19 emergencies and other routine visits. Critical care capacity is anywhere between 90-100%, and as influenza season approaches, intensive care resources are likely to become further depleted.

So far this month, Mesa County has recorded 13 Covid deaths. Mesa County Public Health continues to stress that vaccines remain the most effective way to control the spread and prevent hospitalizations.

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