Officials recommend getting COVID-19 tested before your holiday plans

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – COVID-19 cases in Mesa County have continued to rise since early August, but now that steady incline is growing rapidly, and health officials are concerned.

While cases are climbing, hospital capacity and COVID-19 related deaths are also rising.

53 Mesa County residents are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 and 81% are unvaccinated.

Booster shots are available and now that children ages 5 to 11 can get the shot, Mesa County Public Health is urging all residents to get vaccinated to protect you and your loved ones. “That really shows us that we do take cases seriously because when we do see an increase in cases, although the outcome is not the same for people across the board, we do see an increase in those severe outcomes,” Stefany Busch, Mesa County Public Health says, “Vaccines continues to be our best defense against getting really sick.”

Children ages 5 to 11 can get a covid-19 vaccine at two clinics in the Grand Valley, but only on Saturdays, and appointments are online only.

Mesa County Public Health has been administrating 200 vaccines to children every Saturday, but are looking for ways to add more clinics.

While you make holiday plans, health officials recommend getting tested between November 20th through the 22nd to ensure you get your results before Thanksgiving.

Public health officials state that getting COVID-19 vaccinated before gathering with others is the single best way to prevent the spread of the virus.

If you can’t get vaccinated before the holidays, the next best thing is to get tested.

Individuals who wish to receive COVID-19 test results by Thanksgiving should consider getting tested from Saturday, November 20th to Monday November 22nd.

The testing site at Mesa County Fairgrounds is open Saturday November 20th from 9AM to 12PM, but will be closed Thanksgiving through November 27th, and will reopen Tuesday, November 30th.

For more information, on clinic schedules visit: MCPH

Source: Grand Junction Local News | Officials recommend getting COVID-19 tested before your holiday plans