Assistant Editor and Senior Writer Katharhynn Heidelberg last reported  that 145 people had died in Montrose since the start of the pandemic. That number is now up to 148. Per Katharhynn's reporting, as of Feb. 3, eight people were hospitalized with COVID-19 illness at Montrose Regional Health. Of the eight, six were not vaccinated; one was vaccinated and one was vaccinated and boosted.

Per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's open data, 144 COVID-19 cases have been added in Montrose over the last week. This puts Montrose's cumulative incidence rate into the "very high" region, where most of Colorado still stands. As of last week, 98 percent of COVID-19 cases in California were due to the Omicron variant.

The 1+ vaccination rate for Montrose (meaning those who have received at least one dose) stands at 56 percent. According to CDPHE's most recent vaccine breakthrough chart (which uses lagged data, so it most recently updated the week of Jan. 23), vaccinated Colorado residents are 2.4 times less likely to get COVID-19, 11.9 times less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 56 times less likely to die from COVID-19.

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