Boulder County is continuing to monitor Delta variant data to help keep citizens safe

Carrie Wynn

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The Boulder County Public Health Department is continuing to monitor data as Delta variant cases rise throughout the county and state. The department will use the data as a guide in order to alter policies regarding social distancing and mask orders.

Angela Simental, a spokesperson for the Health Department states, “We are continuously monitoring case, testing and hospitalization data and use data to drive any or all policy decisions. We are learning more about the Delta variant from CDPHE and know that it is the dominant strain with a 60% increased risk in transmission.”

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports that in Boulder Country 16 of the Delta variant cases were identified in mid-May. As of yesterday, there were 26 cases of the Delta variant in Boulder County. It should be noted that the data has a lag of about one week.

Angela could not say what it would take for them to reinstate a mask order or require people to socially distance at places such as restaurants or concerts.

A spokesperson with the Colorado State Joint Information Center, Brian Spencer, wrote that the state is also monitoring Delta variant cases but was also unable to say what would happen with the cases for the state to issue their guidelines. In his email, he wrote, "Local public health officials are empowered to enact stricter requirements and restrictions if they believe the conditions in their community warrant it.”

Brian also stated, "We are currently conducting surveillance genome sequencing at the state public health lab on about 15% of the state’s positive samples from polymerase chain reaction testing. Sequencing 15% of positive samples from across the state gives a clear picture of the variants circulating within our state.”

It should be noted that the risk in transmission for the Delta variant is showing to be 60% higher than other strains of the virus but it is uncertain as to why that is the case.

Brian states, "One of those hypotheses is that the Delta variant may accumulate more in the airways or linger longer in the nose. The other hypotheses indicate that the Delta variant replicates faster or has higher levels of virus particles. It also appears that the Delta virus infection may spread much earlier in the course of the infection.”

Sources:

https://www.dailycamera.com/2021/07/13/boulder-county-continues-monitoring-delta-variant-data-7-day-percent-positivity-rate/

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