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Historical, Interactive Elements added to MCPH Data Dashboard

Historical, Interactive Elements added to MCPH Data Dashboard

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to provide timely and useful data to inform our community on illness levels of COVID-19. A data dashboard on the Mesa County Public Health website serves as a community resource and has been updated daily since March of 2020.

The online dashboard has been updated to give our community a greater understanding of the current situation as it relates to COVID-19. Information presented can help residents get a better feel for what the case numbers, hospitalizations, and vaccine data mean – and provide greater context giving Mesa County residents information to make informed decisions.

A streamlined and easier to understand picture of cases, hospitalizations, and vaccine progress is now front and center. The dashboard also includes a new in-depth way for the community to explore case data, allowing for metrics to be set based on a specific timeframe or data type.

Historical Case Data I Positivity Trends

The dashboard now clearly illustrates if cases are increasing, remaining steady, or decreasing using 7-day averages to account for differences in test counts. MCPH continues to examine local data to drive our local response to COVID-19. As the winter months approach and our behavior changes, there is the potential for elevated case counts.

Case information will now be updated each weekday, it’s currently updated daily. All other metrics are updated on a weekly basis.

MCPH reminds residents that with flu season upon us, and COVID-19 cases at elevated levels, taking preventive measures can help our community keep healthy and prevent unnecessary illness. 

  • Stay away from others when you are sick. 
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 are often very mild and similar to other illnesses. 
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and effective. Make a plan for your vaccine today. When you’re ready schedule your appointment here.
  • MCPH has flu vaccine available, anyone interested in getting a flu vaccine should call the MCPH clinic, 970-248-6900 for an appointment.

The MCPH dashboard presents information related to the COVID-19 situation in our community. Information and comparisons to other communities in Colorado and across the United States are available on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites which both have interactive features.

CDC Statement on ACIP Booster Recommendations

CDC Statement on ACIP Booster Recommendations

Mesa County Public Health is administering booster and additional doses to eligible individuals at our Community Vaccination Site, located at Mesa County Public Health, 510 29 1/2 Road. Schedule an appointment online or call us for scheduling help over the phone at 970-248-6900. Our clinic hours are:

Wednesday – Friday

1 pm – 5 pm

Saturday

9 am – 1 pm

CDC Statement on ACIP Booster Recommendations

Today, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s guidance for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.

This updated interim guidance from CDC allows for millions of Americans who are at highest risk for COVID-19 to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot to help increase their protection.

CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine atleast 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the vaccination program and will benefit from additional protection. With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease.

“As CDC Director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact. At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.

I believe we can best serve the nation’s public health needs by providing booster doses for the elderly, those in long-term care facilities, people with underlying medical conditions, and for adults at high risk of disease from occupational and institutional exposures to COVID-19. This aligns with the FDA’s booster authorization and makes these groups eligible for a booster shot. Today, ACIP only reviewed data for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. We will address, with the same sense of urgency, recommendations for the Moderna and J&J vaccines as soon as those data are available.

While today’s action was an initial step related to booster shots, it will not distract from our most important focus of primary vaccination in the United States and around the world. I want to thank ACIP for their thoughtful discussion and scientific deliberation on the current data which informed my recommendation.”

-Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H

CDC will continue to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure appropriate recommendations to keep all Americans safe. We will also evaluate with similar urgency available data in the coming weeks to swiftly make additional recommendations for other populations or people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Mesa County Hospital Officials Share Joint COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Mesa County Hospital Officials Share Joint COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) will host a joint update on COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Mesa County during a press conference Friday.

WHO: Representatives from Mesa County hospitals including Chief Executive Officers, Chief Medical Officers, and Chief Operating Officers. 

WHEN: Friday, August 13, 2021, at 10:00 am

WHERE: Mesa County Public Health, Room 1060, 510 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction

Media who plan to attend can contact amanda.mayle@mesacounty.us for information about location or streaming prior to or during the event.  

Representatives from SCL Health St. Mary’s, Community, and Family Health West hospitals will be available to answer questions from reporters at the media event.

2020 Suicide Report Shows Continued Need For Intervention and Education

If you’re struggling, or know someone who needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or text CO to 741741.

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), along with several community partners including the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, routinely collects and analyzes data to understand suicide trends in Mesa County and shares key findings in its 2020 Annual Report.  

“This report shows that suicide remains a critical issue in Mesa County. We hope the data can raise awareness and continue to guide prevention, intervention, and post-vention efforts” said Jennifer Daniels, the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at St. Mary’s Hospital who serves on the Suicide Prevention Council. The Council meets on a monthly basis to coordinate and cross-support efforts across our community.

The Annual Report shows 2020 saw an increase over 2019 in youth attempts, but no other significant changes in suicide deaths, ideation, or adult attempts. This may reflect reluctance to visit health care facilities where this is recorded. Mesa County remains higher in suicide related deaths than state and national comparisons. 

Half of Mesa County suicide deaths in 2020 involved drugs or alcohol. For every death by suicide, there were approximately twelve suicide-related visits to an emergency department in Mesa County. The report shows that more males died by suicide, females were more likely to attempt suicide, and ideation was evenly split among gender. Half (50%) of people who died by suicide and had complete mental health histories had seen a behavioral health care provider at some point.

Public Health recommendations for reducing suicide in our community are:

  • Increase connectedness to enhance social networks and strengthen communities.
  • Maintain educational programming to generate community awareness and reduction of mental health stigma.
  • Expand the amount and variety of support services for attempt and loss survivors.
  • Strengthen economic support to increase stability in food, housing, and employment.
  • Expand access to suicide care.

Suicide prevention is a health priority in Mesa County. MCPH and community partners are working toward the goal of a 20 percent reduction in suicide deaths by the year 2024.

The annual report is published online at health.mesacounty.us. For local resources and to learn more about community collaboration, visit the suicide prevention page on healthymesacounty.org.

MCPH ANNOUNCES BIG SHOT GIVEAWAY TO ENCOURAGE COVID-19 VACCINATION

MCPH ANNOUNCES BIG SHOT GIVEAWAY TO ENCOURAGE COVID-19 VACCINATION

More than $90,000 in cash up for grabs to vaccinated Mesa County residents, including two $500 CASH prizes each week!

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) in conjunction with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel announces a community vaccination effort in the form of a cash incentive campaign. Cash prizes, including twice a week $500 dollar prizes and a grand prize that could build up to $90,000 is up for grabs.

Cash incentive campaigns for vaccination have been announced in several states, including Colorado. Vaccinated individuals in Mesa County are already entered in Colorado’s Comeback Cash giveaway. 

Our local effort gives Mesa County residents a chance to cash in with prizes at twice per week intervals, giving those who choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine now even better odds to win. 

Plus, unlike any other contest, the more people who are vaccinated, the bigger the prize.  “Individual vaccination has a community benefit, we are encouraging vaccination for all residents 12 and older and thanks to our community partnerships are willing to put money upfront to help incentivize our community to protect themselves and others,” Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health said. 

The grand prize for the Big Shot giveaway will build, just like your protection from COVID-19 after vaccination. Between June 1 and July 31 for every fully vaccinated Mesa County resident, an additional dollar is added to the jackpot. If Mesa County reaches our goal to vaccinate 70 percent of eligible residents, we’ll give away 90-thousand dollars! In addition, we’ll select two winners every week (June 1 – July 31), with each getting a $500 cash prize. 

Those who have already been fully vaccinated have the opportunity to cash in too by entering to win the grand prize, which thanks to the number of fully vaccinated individuals in Mesa County, starts at $45,000.  “We’d love to double the number of fully vaccinated people in our community. If we do that the prize will double too, with 90K going to someone right here in Mesa County,” Kuhr added.

Visit bigshotmesacounty.com to enter and to view contest rules and eligibility. 

Enter here

Meet Our Winners

MCPH ANUNCIA LOTERÍA PARA FOMENTAR LA VACUNACIÓN COVID-19

Más de $90,000 en efectivo disponibles para los residentes vacunados del condado de Mesa.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Mesa (MCPH) junto con el Grand Junction Daily Sentinel anuncia un esfuerzo de vacunación comunitaria en forma de una lotería.. Los premios en efectivo, incluidos dos veces por semana $500 dólares y un gran premio que podría acumularse hasta $90,000 están en juego.

Se han anunciado loterías  para fomentar la vacunación en varios estados, incluyendo Colorado. Las personas vacunadas en el condado de Mesa ya están inscritas en el sorteo Comeback Cash de Colorado.

Nuestro esfuerzo local les brinda a los residentes del condado de Mesa la oportunidad de ganar premios en intervalos de dos veces por semana, dando mejores probabilidades de ganar a quienes eligen recibir la vacuna de COVID-19. 

Además, a diferencia de cualquier otro concurso, cuantas más personas se vacunen, mayor será el premio. “La vacunación individual tiene un beneficio para la comunidad, estamos fomentando la vacunación para todos los residentes mayores de 12 años y estamos dispuestos a poner dinero por adelantado para ayudar a incentivar a nuestra comunidad a protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás”, dijo Jeff Kuhr, Director Ejecutivo de Salud Pública del Condado de Mesa.

El gran premio de la lotería  se acumulará, al igual que su protección contra COVID-19 después de la vacunación. Entre el 1 de junio y el 31 de julio, por cada residente del condado de Mesa completamente vacunado, se agrega un dólar adicional al premio mayor. Si el condado de Mesa logra alcanzar nuestra meta de vacunar al 70 por ciento de los residentes elegibles, ¡daremos 90 mil dólares! Además, seleccionaremos dos ganadores cada semana (del 1 de junio al 31 de julio), y cada uno recibirá un premio en efectivo de $500 dólares.

Aquellos que ya han sido vacunados también tienen la oportunidad de ganar dinero ingresando para ganar el gran premio, que gracias a la cantidad de personas vacunadas en el condado de Mesa, comienza en $45,000. “Nos encantaría duplicar el número de personas completamente vacunadas en nuestra comunidad. Si hacemos eso, el premio también se duplicará, con 90K para alguien aquí en el condado de Mesa”, agregó Kuhr.

Visite bigshotmesacounty.com para participar y ver las reglas y la elegibilidad del concurso.

We all win when our community is vaccinated.  This incentive campaign is a community partnership between Mesa County Public Health and supporting businesses including: