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El Paso County has more COVID variant cases than any other area of Colorado


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Data shows El Paso County has more than double the amount of COVID-19 variant cases compared to other large counties in Colorado.

Data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows the state has 2,819 people in El Paso County who have contracted a variant of the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic began.

Arapahoe County, which has about 50,000 fewer people, has the second-largest number of variants in the state, with 1,409 people contracting a mutation of the virus. In Denver County, 1,381 residents have tested positive for one of four COVID-19 variants, data shows.

“What viruses do well is they replicate and save themselves. So what we’ve seen is versions of the virus that are just more efficient at replicating," Stephen Goodwin with EPC Public Health said.

El Paso County health leaders are closely monitoring the emerging variants. The variants are more contagious and can cause more severe cases, according to public health officials.

“When we look at Europe, and we look at the UK’s experience, we saw how rapidly the Delta variants took over from the alpha variant, and we suspect we are going to see the same thing here. So what the means is that we are fighting against the increased transmissibility of the disease," Goodwin explained.

Health officials say those who are fully vaccinated typically do not have a severe reaction if they contract COVID-19 and can usually avoid a trip to the hospital.

“Don’t want to be a boy who cried wolf, but basically these variants are just better at spreading. So the same behaviors you used to avoid disease may be less effective in the presence of these variants.”

Current data shows 5 out 10 El Paso County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Statewide data shows 7 out of 10 Coloradans are at least partially vaccinated.

Colorado Springs / Coronavirus / Local News

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.



  1. Here we go…. now the “Delta variant” Scaremongering. Who tf cares! And guess what, there will be a echo, foxtrot, giga, helo…bla bla bla. That’s what viruses do. Just like the flu!

    1. oh, yea the naming convention but first they are now using “DELTA PLUS”.
      I anxiously await the EUA for Novavax- NO MRNA bs

    2. Scaremongering is claiming that Covid is “just like the flu.” There’s nothing more scary for people who don’t have a choice than people like you who are unwilling to face facts and continue to propagate the deadly virus and its variants.

  2. It is because El Paso County has such a low vaccination rate. Now that a vaccine is available, I agree with the who cares crowd. I do feel sorry for kids and immunocompromised people that cannot get the vaccine, as for the rest of the eligible people- I don’t care. I have now see 2 GoFundMe posts on social media begging for money after they received hospital bills for their share of the bill after being in the hospital with Covid. Both of the posts were fairly recent (within the last 3 weeks). It is hard to believe anyone would beg for money after being given the opportunity to get vaccinated and refusing. I will say I was happy to see only $68 of the 16,000 goal was met. Choices have consequences!

    1. oh so you rejoice over people’s misfortunes??
      what a great concept.what a wonderful person you are.

      1. There’s a big difference between a true misfortune, and a bad choice resulting in a predictable outcome. Those people had a clear choice, and made the wrong one. And they are the same people who continue to make the situation worse for those who really don’t have a choice.

        1. Unfortunately, I know a now-retired nurse who got both injections back in January, which gave her noticeable side effects. Then she still got Covid anyway-and when I ran into her at the lab-she was on portable oxygen with horrible lung scarring and having to move to a state where the air is not so dry.
          What did she do wrong?

          1. Sounds like she did nothing wrong. She’s presumably one of the unfortunate ones who is more sensitive to Covid. She may have died had she not been vaccinated.

      2. It isn’t misfortune that they ended up in the hospital with these bills. They chose to remain unvaccinated and now have to deal with the consequences of their choice. They are putting others who cannot be vaccinated at risk. These are people who called Covid a hoax. I wonder how much of a hoax they think it is now.

        1. a lot of hesitation is based on this mRNA technology. These are not vaccines. They do not prevent people who got this shot from contracting AND spreading Covid.
          I do not believe it is a hoax. I believe its origins are manmade and funded partly by Fauci who should have known better than to fund a chinese lab whose biggest interest is “gain of function”.I have no trust in anything Fauci has said. He has been disclosed to have given taxpayer dollars to these labs (as well as the Gates).

          1. Please cite your source regarding Fauci and Gates funding these labs. That information would be something to consider as long as your source isn’t the radical left or radical right- neither of these are credible. For example, Tucker Carlson on Fox. Fox News stated in court that “ no reasonable person would believe Tucker “. I do not trust the extreme sources on either side.

          2. The mRNA vaccines *ARE* vaccines. They’re just a bit different from the old fashioned ones in the way they work. The fact that you don’t trust Dr. Fauci is obvious, which is why you won’t believe the fact that he approved funding to a US-based research organization, which in turn sent some funding to the lab in China. But most people don’t understand that it’s not uncommon for many sources to partially fund medical research which they believe to be beneficial in return for sharing the results as they happen. So this was really no different from what happens every day on our real world, and it only made the news because people didn’t know that.

          3. And no vaccines will PREVENT anything. They all greatly reduce the chances of contracting and spreading the infection.

          4. The article that you cite says that the money was to study whether coronaviruses can transmit from bats to humans. Given that we had SARS back in 2003, I would think we would want to know about the transmission. As the world population increases humans will continue to have more frequent contact with wild animals, so we certainly want to know what and how viruses may be transmitted from different species. The money was not to enhance a coronavirus so that it would be more transmissible or deadly, it was to see how these transmission occur according to the article. That would seem reasonable to me. If the researchers did indeed enhance the virus, that was outside the scope of the grant. He cannot be held responsible for actions taken outside the scope of the grant. It would be like saying the United States is responsible for the 911 attacks because we funded Osama bin-Laden when the Soviets attacked Afghanistan. We set up the Taliban with funding. I do not believe we anticipated that the funding would eventually lead to an attack on the United States. It was outside the scope of the agreement.

  3. Good for you KRDO…NOT! Not letting me post what I know to be the truth and yet your liberal Left can post anything and not get banned. The truth always comes to the forefront whether it be by me or other sources. Here is a quote from Knights Tale that is fitting: “You have been weighed…you have been measured…and you have been found wanting”. Or…”You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”…Jesus! Have a great day peeps on the Left!

    1. The truth is in the forefront, if you care to read it. I’m guessing your posts have been recognized for what they really are.

  4. “An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure” is most important when you are selling prevention and can’t sell cures. Vaccine sellers love “an ounce of prevention” – it fits their model, and hate cures that block their sales. Prevention of secondary issues, damage caused by the vaccine, is prevented by not-vaccinating (translation: not buying). So it doesn’t count.

    1. FACT. No one can truthfully sell cures, because there aren’t any cures. FACT.

      1. FACT…then why are they telling us it’s a cure? Oh wait…that’s wrong too. How could it be a cure when people are getting full blown COVID and dying…even the ones who got the jab? My bad…I must have been msguided!

  5. If a new social order is to be imposed (Marxism), it is necessary to destroy and erase the past. The past carries knowledge, history, art/music, law, language, culture and religious belief. These are contrary to Marxism. Marxism seeks to replace all of these. People are valued, not according to their intrinsic human nature and individuality, but by their group status. Capitalism builds the present upon the past. Marxism rewrites the past and emphasizes the present. Marxism happens gradually, then suddenly. Once imposed, it is held in control by terrorizing people.

    1. You really go off into left field sometimes. Perhaps if you lean too far to the right, your universe bends around and you end up in left field.

      1. That’s a brilliant observation Check…in my baseball career I was a solid and very good left fielder FACT. And I didn’t have to lean too far right unless the ball was spinning away from me….I would prefer to dive rather than bend FACT. Excellent…you have once again shown your ability to to tell what kind of person I am without even knowing me. You see how observant I was…I included a FACT from one of your previous posts. And you just like msguided have a very prosperous and blessed day!

    2. So Richierich- You support teaching CRT in the schools so that we can build on the past and not rewrite/ignore history?

      1. So msguided…nowhere…yes…nowhere do you find teaching CRT in my post. You must be one of those selective ones who pick apart and project your feelings on that person. CRT is the biggest travesty this nation and our schools will face. Rewrite history? Come on…nice baiting. Have a nice day!

      2. Exactly. Lol. Well, he supports teaching history, as do I. Which is what all these anti-CRT freaks are really afraid of. Teach the truth about the past and allow kids to think and observe the world…that’s CRT. Soon they’ll be so scared they’ll deny the Civil War had anything to do with slavery. Oh, wait…

  6. Yawn. El Paso County is a very transient place. Ever notice the wide variety of license plates on the street? Ever read any articles about troops coming home from some world-wide deployment?

    Statistics have context. When quoted without that context you are simply misleading people.

  7. Like I indicated a few weeks ago….the Vaccine was already devised and decided and kept hushed.

    Like the age old question of what came first, the chicken or the egg?

    In this case the Vaxx which allowed the spawning and trajectory of the blueprinted Hoax.

    10 Things I’ve Learned (Or Had Confirmed) About Humanity During The “Pandemic”

    1. Most people would rather be in the majority, than be right.

    2. At least 20% of the population has strong authoritarian tendencies, which will emerge under the right conditions.

    3. Fear of death is only rivaled by the fear of social disapproval. The latter could be stronger.

    4. Propaganda is just as effective in the modern day as it was 100 years ago. Access to limitless information has not made the average person any wiser.

    5. Anything and everything can and will be politicized by the media, government, and those who trust them.

    6. Many politicians and large corporations will gladly sacrifice human lives if it is conducive to their political and financial aspirations.

    7. Most people believe the government acts in the best interests of the people. Even many who are vocal critics of the government.

    8. Once they have made up their mind, most people would rather to commit to being wrong, than admit they were wrong.

    9. Humans can be trained and conditioned quickly and relatively easily to significantly alter their behaviors — for better or worse.

    10. When sufficiently frightened, most people will not only accept authoritarianism, but demand it

    In time…dozens more facts will be added to redeem clearly the folks who perpetuated the HOAX.

  8. As long as the public believes the lie that the vaccine deaths are the delta variant, I don’t see how their strategy to destroy civilization and the people of which it is comprised in order to “Band Build Back Better” can fail. The illness and death caused by the vaccines is being blamed on the delta variant. In reality, as noted, viral mutations that successfully spread are always less pathogenic than the original virus. Deadly variants are always self limiting because they make the host sick or dead, which results in isolation of the sick and, if the host dies, it’s a dead end for the virus too. Less harmful variants, with mild symptoms, are easily spread with little consequence and always out-compete the more virulent variants.

    They take advantage of the public’s (And most doctors too!) ignorance of science to spread these lies to panic them into getting vaccinated for the same diseases that the vaccine causes in the first place. Will there be enough people left to resist the plans for end of the world? My hope is that the vaccines turn out to be survivable by enough people who somehow figure out the true source of their suffering; recover some semblance of health; and hold their tormenters responsible, bringing them to justice for destroying their lives and murdering their families.

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