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“Delta has sure come to Chaffee with a predicted vengeance!”

The words of Chaffee County Public Health (CCPH) Director Andrea Carlstrom Thursday, talking about the high number of COVID-19 cases seen locally in the past month.

As with many locales around the country, the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus appears to have resulted in reported increasing caseloads not seen in some time.

The county Health Department virus dashboard reports 43 news cases in the past 14 days. But the totals in the past month have topped at least 72 new infections, with an hefty positivity rate in the past two weeks of more than six percent.

The CCPH also logged at least 37 so-called ‘breakthrough infections’ of people previously vaccinated.

The Denver Post reported state health officials expect the surge to get worse. The number of cases and people hospitalized rose again last week with 5,583 new cases in the week ending Sunday, the highest total seen since mid-May.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said there has been about a 30 percent increase in cases, week-over-week. About 80 percent of cases and an even higher percentage of hospitalizations were in unvaccinated people, she said.

For more information on COVID-19 cases, visit the Chaffee County Public Health website.