According to a press release from Jan. 7, Delta County started vaccinating individuals in the phase 1B this past week. This group includes individuals 70 and older. There will be free mobile COVID-19 testing every Friday and Saturday.

The current COVID-19 numbers in Delta County, updated Jan. 11, are a total positive cases of 1,927, which has 21 new cases, 321 active cases, 1,571 recovered cases, two current hospitalizations (79 in total) and 35 deaths. There have been a total of 22,028 tests. The current level is orange: high risk.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment CDPHE has informed Delta County Health Department of two additional outbreak sites — Paonia Care Center and Community Options.

The Delta County Health Department has partnered with Project Protect Promotora Network, Delta County Memorial Hospital, and Curative, Inc., to provide free mobile testing in Delta County through February. From 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. every Friday, mobile testing will take place at Lion’s Pavilion, 510 Palmer St., Delta, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. every Saturday at the Delta County Fairgrounds, 403 S. Fourth St., Hotchkiss.

According to Delta County Public Information Officer Darnell Place-Wise, if an individual who is 70 and older is a Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) clinic patient, the facility will call them to get scheduled or put on a wait list to get their vaccinations. If the individual is not a DCMH clinic patient, they can call the call center at 970-874-2172 to be placed on a wait list. 

Delta County has two community test sites: Delta County Health Department, l255 W. Sixth St., in Delta. Tests are by appointment only on Tuesdays, only. Call 970-874-2165 to make your appointment. You can also continue to get tested at North Fork EMS, located at 110 E. Hotchkiss Ave., in Hotchkiss. Appointments are Mondays and Wednesdays only. Call 970-778-7426 for an appointment.

The Delta County Call Center remains open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The number for the center is 970-874-2172. Visit deltacounty.com/688/Coronavirus-19-COVID-19 for more information on COVID-19 in Delta County. More information can be found on the state website at covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial.

Editor's note: this story has been updated as vaccine information has changed since Jan. 7. 

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