COVID-19 hospitalizations and declining cases in Mesa County
COVID-19 hospitalizations and declining cases in Mesa County

COVID-19 hospitalizations and declining cases in Mesa County

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX) – Mesa County Public Health’s Stefany Busch says, “We’ve seen a steady decline in our COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 over the last few weeks, really since our peak week, which was ours. averages about 370 cases for a seven-day average. “

Mesa County reached its highest number in late January. Nearly four weeks later, our seven-day average is 120 cases, but that’s not the only benchmark the state is working towards for its counties.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis says “one of our main goals right from the beginning of the Colorado pandemic has been not to exceed our hospital capacity, and we have succeeded.”

MCPH’s data dashboard shows that 87% of hospital beds are used, slightly down from 90%.

Manned ICU beds at the height of the Omicron wave were almost full, no longer.

Busch also says, “tipped from 90-100, so we’ve seen it drop a lot.”

Community Hospital sent KREX 5 this statement: “We are seeing a decrease in the number of patients presenting in the emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms as well as a decrease in the number of inpatients with COVID-19.”

We also reached out to St. Mary’s Medical Center. They put KREX 5 this statement: “St. Mary’s Medical Center is experiencing a decline in COVID cases and it has free bed space.”

So what is behind this downward trend? Busch added, “this variant has really run through a majority of populations, so it’s a factor we attribute to it that it’s falling so fast.”

Another contributing factor is vaccination, but in Mesa County, just over 50% of the population has only one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination is the key to how local health authorities hope to shape the future of the virus, protect them with weakened immune systems and prevent more deaths.

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