The COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread in Delta County. From Tuesday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 22 Delta County has seen 91 new cases for a total of 4,474. Delta County’s positivity rate sits at 8.5%.

Delta County Health Department is reporting three additional deaths in the last week, bringing the total to 97 including a male 75 -84, a female and male both 85+.

Delta Health has 14 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 with the ICU bed utilization at 66.67%. Delta Health wants to remind all residents that, if you have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are at an increased risk of becoming seriously ill and/or being hospitalized, please contact your physician regarding the possibility of receiving a Monoclonal Antibody Infusion treatment. The monoclonal antibody prevents those already infected from getting severe disease.

After nearly one year of administering the COVID-19 vaccine, there continues to be hesitancy for 45.1% of Delta County residents. Only 54.9% of eligible individuals have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the health department, 78.8% of the positive cases in the last 30 days are among unvaccinated individuals and 95% of all COVID deaths in Delta County are of unvaccinated people. The statistics are clear, getting fully vaccinated will significantly increase your chances of not getting COVID-19. If you should get a breakthrough case of COVID-19, you are less likely to get severely ill, need to be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.

Delta County Health Department and all Delta Health Clinics are offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the COVID-19 Booster to anyone 18 and older if they are fully vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated, or are in need of a vaccine booster, please schedule your appointment NOW at any one of these COVID-19 vaccine providers: Delta County Health Department; Delta Health Internal Medicine; Delta Health Family Medicine; Delta Health West Elk Clinic; River Valley Family Health Center or Convenient Care; City Market in Delta; City Market in Hotchkiss; Safeway in Delta and Walmart in Delta.

With the COVID-19 Delta variant’s stronghold in the area, and with more and more breakthrough cases occurring, Delta County Health Department cannot stress enough the importance of getting tested should you or a family member not feel well. And if you or a family member doesn’t feel well, please stay home.

There are several options for COVID-19 testing in Delta County: Delta County Health Department every Tuesday by appointment; North Fork in Hotchkiss every Wednesday – drive up only from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Tru Vu Drive-In Theatre every Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Delta Health Internal Medicine; Delta Health Family Medicine; Delta Health West Elk Clinic and River Valley Family Health Center or Convenient Care.

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