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No Burn Advisory Due to High Winds

No Burn Advisory Due to High Winds

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 19. Burning of any kind, including agricultural burning, is not allowed during this advisory period. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory with winds 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph expected.

Instead of burning, consider these alternatives:

  • Take yard waste to the Mesa County Organic Materials composting facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50. The facility accepts material for composting at no charge and is open Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. For more information, call (970) 263-9319.
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings yourself. This can improve water retention in your yard or garden.
  • Rent or borrow a wood chipper for your tree and shrub trimmings. Chipped branches can also be good mulch.

For information on current air quality conditions and to learn if it’s OK to burn, visit the air quality page.

MCPH Launches New Program, Grand Valley Connects

MCPH Launches New Program, Grand Valley Connects

BACKGROUND

Grand Valley Connects began providing services this week to Mesa County individuals and families. This program is a resource hub containing experts on local services. These experts, called Resource Navigators, provide personalized referrals to services in our community and stay involved until the clients’ needs are met. Feedback from the community made it evident that our systems are difficult to navigate. Individuals often end up with a list of referrals to several agencies and numerous applications for each program.

GOALS

That is where Grand valley Connects comes in. Our goals are to increase utilization of community services and simplify access to services. Grand Valley connects aims to address the most common problems for referral management systems: poor hand-offs, referral errors, lack of follow-up, finding the most appropriate service, and lack of coordinated care. The program is also building a strong data system to assess which referrals are successful and better plan for specific community needs.

“For our partners in the community, this is a tool for you. We take the guesswork out of the referral and application process. Your agency will only have to remember one phone number and we’ll take care of the rest,” assured Jeff Kuhr, Director of Mesa County Public Health.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Anyone in Mesa County can complete a simple form at grandvalleyconnects.com or call (970) 683-2663.
  • The website is the best and fastest way to start working with Grand Valley Connects.
  • Resource Navigators will follow up using the format requested, either a phone call, texting, or email. They can meet at Mesa County Public Health or other places the client feels comfortable in the community.
  • Resource Navigators will use their experience and network of community resources to assist with referrals and paperwork. The team will stay connected until the community member is satisfied that all needs are met.
  • The website is available in English and Spanish. Resource Navigators can connect with English or Spanish-speaking clients.

REFERRALS WELCOME

Grand Valley Connects invites local service providers to use the referral form on the Grand Valley Connects website if clients have needs that extend beyond what’s available at your agency.

No Burn Advisory Due to High Winds

No Burn Advisory Due to High Winds

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 11. Burning of any kind, including agricultural burning, is not allowed during this advisory period. 

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning with southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.

 

Instead of burning, consider these alternatives:

  • Take yard waste to the Mesa County Organic Materials composting facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50. The facility accepts material for composting at no charge and is open Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. For more information, call (970) 263-9319.
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings yourself. This can improve water retention in your yard or garden.
  • Rent or borrow a wood chipper for your tree and shrub trimmings. Chipped branches can also be good mulch.

For information on current air quality conditions and to learn if it’s OK to burn, visit the air quality page.

No Burn Advisory Due to High Winds

No Burn Advisory Due to Strong Winds

Due to fire safety concerns, Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 8. Burning of any kind, including agricultural burning, is not allowed during this advisory period.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory with winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.

 

Conditions are not appropriate for burning. Instead of burning, consider these alternatives:

  • Take yard waste to the Mesa County Organic Materials composting facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50. The facility accepts material for composting at no charge and is open Wednesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. For more information, call (970) 263-9319.
  • Compost leaves and grass clippings yourself. This can improve water retention in your yard or garden.
  • Rent or borrow a wood chipper for your tree and shrub trimmings. Chipped branches can also be good mulch.

For information on current air quality conditions and to learn if it’s OK to burn, visit the air quality page.

2021-2022 Flu Activity Remains Low

2021-2022 Flu Activity Remains Low

The 2021-2022 influenza (flu) season officially began in early October and ends in late May. Typically, Mesa County experiences its peak flu activity from mid-February to late April. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) recorded more flu activity than the 2020-2021 season, but flu and flu-like illness, as well as hospitalizations due to flu, are minimal. 

Eleven Mesa County residents have been hospitalized with flu during the 2021-2022 season so far. Statewide, 890 flu-related hospitalizations have been recorded, and no pediatric deaths have occurred.

Last season (2020-2021), there were no flu-related hospitalizations or deaths in Mesa County. Across the state, 34 flu-related hospitalizations were recorded, and no pediatric deaths.

During the record 2017-2018 season, 232 people in Mesa County were hospitalized with the flu.

CUMULATIVE FLU HOSPITALIZATION BY SEASON

MCPH attributes the lack of activity in the 2020-2021 season to social distancing and mask-wearing measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “Since both viruses are spread through respiratory droplets, the measures also helped stop the spread of flu,” said Jeremy Lozano, Regional Epidemiologist for Mesa County. 

With more relaxed measures this year, MCPH expected flu activity to increase. Because COVID-19, specifically the Omicron wave, continued to spread in 2021 and 2022, many people chose to continue implementing social distancing and mask-wearing measures. “Continued community action to slow the spread of COVID-19 likely contributed to the continued decrease in flu activity,” Lozano added. 

Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine, especially those who are at higher risk of serious complications due to flu.

For a more in-depth look at flu data, visit the Flu-View page on our website.