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Posted on: July 7, 2021

More Contagious COVID-19 Delta Variant Now Present in Summit County

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Community urged to take extra precautions and to get vaccinated

Contact: Adam Kisiel, Summit County Public Affairs Coordinator

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Public Health officials confirmed this week that the Delta Variant, a more contagious strain of COVID-19, is present in the county. One Summit County resident has tested positive for the variant thus far. The individual was not vaccinated. Summit County Public Health was notified of the positive test result on June 24. 

The Delta variant is a mutation of the Coronavirus of concern, as it appears to spread more easily and quickly than the original strain. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reported that the Delta variant accounted for 73.21% of new positive cases in the state last week. In addition, preliminary data shows that it may cause more serious illness and possibly be more deadly. Scientists believe that the existing vaccines will be effective in protecting individuals against new strains of COVID-19. 

CDPHE and Summit County Public Health are monitoring the situation closely. The confirmation of the more contagious Delta variant in Summit County serves as a warning that the virus continues to circulate in our community and that individuals should continue to use precautionary measures to protect themselves against the transmission of COVID-19. Data show vaccination is the greatest protection from COVID-19 and its variants. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of vaccine. Those who are not fully vaccinated (including children under 12 who are not eligible to get a vaccine), should continue to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, wash their hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and limit social gatherings with people outside their households.

“Although we have had significant success in mitigating the virus, our entire community, should continue to follow all guidelines to keep each other safe, including wearing masks on public transportation, washing hands thoroughly, staying home when sick, and above all, getting vaccinated,” said Public Health Director Amy Wineland. “This is the best way to slow the spread of the virus, including these new, more contagious variants.” 

Individuals that experience cold or flu like symptoms should stay home and seek testing for COVID-19. Testing is widely available and free of cost in Summit County. Information on testing locations can be found at the Summit County Government Testing webpage. 

Summit County Public Health has expanded their summer vaccine clinic event offering to a rotational schedule through each town. A complete list of upcoming vaccination events and links to register for an event can be found at www.summitcountyco.gov/1423/Scheduling-Vaccinations

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Más contagiosa la Variante Delta COVID-19 ahora presente en el condado de Summit 

Se insta a la comunidad a tomar precauciones adicionales y vacunarse.

Contacto: Adam Kisiel, Coordinador de asuntos públicos del condado de Summit

CONDADO DE SUMMIT - Los funcionarios de salud pública del condado de Summit confirmaron esta semana que la variante Delta, una cepa más contagiosa de COVID-19, está presente en el condado. Un residente del condado de Summit ha dado positivo a la variante hasta ahora. Esta persona no había sido vacunada. El 24 de junio se notificó a Salud Publica del Condado de Summit el resultado positivo de la prueba.  

La variante Delta es una mutación del Coronavirus que es preocupante, ya que parece propagarse más fácil y rápidamente que la cepa original. El Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) informó que la variante Delta representó el 73.21% de los nuevos casos positivos en el estado la semana pasada. Además, los datos preliminares muestran que puede causar una enfermedad más grave y posiblemente ser más mortal. Los científicos creen que las vacunas existentes serán eficaces para proteger a las personas contra nuevas cepas de COVID-19.

El CDPHE y la Salud Pública del Condado de Summit están monitoreando la situación de cerca. La confirmación de la variante Delta más contagiosa en el condado de Summit sirve como una advertencia de que el virus continúa circulando en nuestra comunidad y que las personas deben continuar usando medidas de precaución para protegerse contra la transmisión de COVID-19. Los datos muestran que la vacunación es la mayor protección contra COVID-19 y sus variantes. Se considera que las personas están completamente vacunadas dos semanas después de su última dosis de vacuna. Aquellos que no están completamente vacunados (incluidos los niños menores de 12 años que no son elegibles para recibir una vacuna), deben continuar usando un cubrebocas en los espacios públicos interiores, lavarse las manos con frecuencia, practicar el distanciamiento físico y limitar las reuniones sociales con personas fuera de sus hogares. .

“Aunque hemos tenido un éxito significativo en la mitigación del virus, toda nuestra comunidad debe continuar siguiendo todas las pautas para mantenerse a salvo unos a otros, incluido el uso de cubrebocas en el transporte público, lavarse bien las manos, quedarse en casa cuando está enfermo y, sobre todo, vacunarse ”, Dijo Amy Wineland, directora de salud pública. "Esta es la mejor manera de reducir la propagación del virus, incluidas estas nuevas variantes más contagiosas". 

Las personas que experimenten síntomas de resfriado o gripe deben quedarse en casa y hacerse la prueba de COVID-19. Las pruebas están ampliamente disponibles y son gratuitas en el condado de Summit. La información sobre las ubicaciones de las pruebas se puede encontrar en la página web de Pruebas del Gobierno del Condado de Summit

 

Salud Pública del Condado de Summit ha ampliado su oferta de eventos de clínicas de vacunas de verano a un horario rotativo en cada ciudad. Puede encontrar una lista completa de los próximos eventos de vacunación y los enlaces para registrarse en un evento en https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1423/Scheduling-Vaccinations. 

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