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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:

Mesa County 5-Star Business List

Mesa County 5-Star Business List

Follow the Mesa County 5-Star Program on Facebook to see local businesses featured!

Although Mesa County’s Free to Choose Resolution is in effect starting Friday, April 16, 2021, Mesa County 5-Star businesses are still operating under COVID-19 precautions.

The 5-Star Program is a joint Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) – Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce strategy to support local businesses that began in the summer of 2020. In the 5-Star Program, businesses are recognized for their efforts to protect staff, customers, and the community by implementing specific COVID-19 health and safety precautions. The program’s purpose has always been to give customers information as they choose which businesses to visit, and give businesses guidance on the prevention measures they wish to utilize. 

Click here to see a list of safety measures at 5-Star businesses.

If you would like to participate in this program, fill out this form.

Please note, while some of the businesses/agencies listed below have chosen to partake in the Mesa County 5-Star Program, some are subject to corporate, federal, or state regulations and must continue to follow COVID-19 restrictions set by their higher authority.

Our Current Partners

* Map is updated once a week as new partners are added. 

Restaurants/ Breweries/ Wineries:

  • 626 on Rood Modern American Cuisine and Wine Bar 
  • Ale House
  • Avant Vineyards
  • Baker’s Boutique 
  • Berna B’s Classic Cuisine & Catering
  • Blue Moon Bar & Grille
  • Bookcliff Vineyards
  • Boston’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Camilla’s Kaffe
  • Carl’s Jr (North)
  • Chilis
  • Colorado Cellars Winery
  • Columbine Cafe -St Mary’s Hospital 
  • Copeka Coffee
  • Copper Club
  • Cruisers Bar
  • Dancing Moon Bed & Breakfast
  • Daylight Donuts 
  • DeBeque Canyon Winery Inc
  • Denny’s
  • Devils Kitchen at The Hotel Maverick
  • Dream Cafe
  • Einstein Bros Bagels
  • Famous Dave’s BBQ
  • Four Winds Coffee and Tea
  • Flying Pig & Brew Corner  – Community Hospital
  • Genghis Grill
  • Goat and Clover Tavern
  • Golden Corral
  • Golosas Mexican Sandwiches
  • Goodie Gourmet
  • Graff Dairy
  • Graystone Winery
  • Gurus kitchen 
  • Handlebar Tap House
  • Highlands Distillery
  • Home Style Bakery
  • Il Bistro Italiano 
  • Jimmy Johns (4 locations)
  • Karma Kitchen
  • Kuniko’s
  • Las Marias 
  • Le Rouge Restaurant
  • Main Street Bagels
  • Maison la belle vie & Amy’s courtyard
  • Mary’s Restaurant 
  • Mesa Park Vineyards
  • Monumental Beer Works
  • No Coast Sushi
  • Pablo’s Pizza
  • Peach Street Distillers
  • Perdita’s Coffee and Charley’s Cookies
  • Randy’s Southside Diner OM 
  • Red Lobster
  • Restoration Vineyards
  • Rockslide
  • Slice o Life Bakery 
  • Spoons Bistro & Bakery
  • Subway (10 locations)
  • Suds Brothers Brewery
  • Suehiro Japanese Restaurant
  • Taco Bell (6 locations)
  • Talon Wine Brands
  • The Novel Cup
  • The Palisade Cafe & Wine Bar
  • The Peachfork Orchards and Vineyards
  • Two Rivers Tavern 
  • Two Rivers Winery and Chateau
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels
  • Whitewater Hill Vineyards

Personal Services:

  • Acuity Massage and Advanced Skin Care
  • About Face Skincare and Waxing Boutique
  • Advanced Skin Care and Laser Center
  • Advanced Techniques 
  • Beautifeye Day Spa
  • Big League Haircuts
  • Brenda’s Hairstyling
  • Cameo Salon
  • Color Crew
  • E’Toile Hair Designs
  • Edens Edge Barber Shop and Salon
  • Great Clips, Redlands
  • Green Valley Herbal Day Spa & Boutique
  • Healthy Habits Massage and Bodywork,LLC
  • Hot  Streaks inc.
  • Indigo Studio salon
  • Michelle’s Styling Salon
  • Monument Physical Therapy LLC
  • Salon Panache 
  • Shear Magic Styling Salon
  • Skin Deep
  • Sport Clips
  • Suite One Skin Care
  • Supercuts (3 locations)
  • Mountain West Dermatology Aesthetics
  • The Salon Professional Academy
  • The Stylist 
  • The Village Hare
  • Wavelength

Gyms / Fitness:

  • Absolute Dance
  • Adagio Dance Academy, LLC
  • Better Bodies Pilates and Fitness
  • Crossroads Fitness (2 locations)
  • Express All-Stars Cheer and Dance/Raise the Barre Fitness
  • Institute of Dancing Arts
  • Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool
  • Orchard Mesa Pool

Recreation / Entertainment:

  • Avalon Theatre
  • Bookcliff Country Club 
  • Charlie Chedda’s
  • Colorado Discover Ability
  • Goldmine Bingo
  • Grand Junction Convention Center (Two Rivers Convention Center)
  • Picture Show Entertainment
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort
  • The VR Arcade
  • X-Golf Grand Junction

Transportation:

  • Grand Junction Regional Airport
  • JR’s Carriage Service 
  • Pali-Tours

Hospitality:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Grand Junction
  • Dancing Moon Bed & Breakfast
  • DoubleTree Grand Junction
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Gateway Canyons Resort
  • Grand Vista Hotel
  • Hampton Inn
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott
  • The Hotel Maverick
  • Travelodge
  • Tru by Hilton
  • Village at Country Creek ClubHouse

Professional Services:

  • Academy for Personal Development LLC
  • Alano Club of Grand Junction
  • Baldwin & Associates, CPA’s, LLC
  • B.L. Realty Inc.
  • Blythe Group + co
  • Carpets Done Right
  • Chamberlin Architects, PC
  • Chris Mahre & Associates
  • Code Ninjas Grand Junction
  • Colorado Document Security
  • Discovery Auto Group
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Grand River Mosquito Control District
  • Grand Valley Irrigation
  • Hilltop Senior Daybreak
  • James Lout Photography
  • Landmark Staffing
  • L.i.T. iN GjC LLC.
  • MARS of Colorado
  • Medical Resource Center
  • Mesa Community Club
  • Mesa County Partners
  • Path-Co, LLC
  • SGM Engineering
  • The Commons of Hilltop
  • The Fountains of Hilltop
  • The Molina Center
  • Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado
  • U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management 
  • Visiting Angels
  • Weichert Realtors, Heiden Homes Realty
  • Western Colorado Business Development Center
  • Western Colorado Conservation Corps
  • Western Region One Source – State of Colorado
  • Western Slope Center for Children

Financial Services:

  • Coloramo Federal Credit Union (3 locations)
  • Grand Junction Federal Credit Union 
  • Innovative Asset Solutions
  • Major Mortgage
  • Tax Time Services Inc
  • Timberline Bank

Educational Sites: 

  • Code Ninja’s
  • Counseling & Education Center
  • Cross Orchards Historic Site
  • Dinosaur Journey Museum
  • Museum of the West
  • The Art Center of Western Colorado
  • Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado
  • Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

Animal / Pet Services:

  • A Wild Hair Pet Grooming Services LLC
  • Amigo Animal Cli
  • Angels in the Making
  • Animal Birth Control
  • Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital
  • Brien and Sandy’s Grooming 
  • Monument View Veterinary Hospital
  • Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital
  • Wag Resort
  • Your Best Friends Boarding Kennel & Grooming House

Retail Services:

  • Alida’s Fruits
  • Angelo’s Pottery Studio
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bob Scott RV’s
  • Body Therapeutics
  • Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.
  • Colorado Alternative Health Care
  • Colorado Weedery
  • Confluence Studios
  • Crypto Comics
  • DT Swiss
  • Grand Junction Subaru/ Volkswagen
  • Grand Valley Books
  • Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County ReStore
  • Heirlooms for Hospice
  • Hi Fashion Sewing Machines & Quilt Shop
  • Hobby Hut Models
  • J.B. Hart Music Co. Inc.
  • Jenny Craig
  • Kush Gardens
  • Leitner Poma of America, Inc.
  • Loki Outdoor Shop
  • Maurices
  • Mesa Music
  • Mountain Aire Medical Supply, Inc.
  • Munro Supply
  • Nana’s Fruit & Jam-Downtown
  • Out West Books
  • Pacsun
  • Pearle Vision
  • REI
  • Ritz Consignment
  • Simmons Lock and Key
  • Summit Canyon Mountaineering
  • The Ink Store
  • The Main Paige
  • The Maverick Store – Colorado Mesa University’s Bookstore & Fan Shop
  • The Wildflower floral
  • Toasted Pixie
  • Triple Play Records
  • Unique Expressions
  • Uniquely Yours
  • Wet Dreams River Supply

Health / Medical:

  • Aaron Birch Family Dental
  • Brady Chiropractic Group PC
  • Carl A Feghali DDS PC
  • Cedar Point Health
  • Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center
  • Colorado West Otolaryngologists
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Community Hospital 
  • Definitive Dental Laboratory 
  • Elevation Family Dental
  • Fairmount Eye Care
  • Front Door Dental
  • Fun at the Dentist
  • Grand Junction Family Medicine
  • Grand Junction VA Medical Center
  • Grand Valley Dentures and Implants
  • Hormone Health and Wellness of Colorado
  • Jacobson Family Dental
  • James F. Goggans D.M.D
  • Julie Gillis DDS PC
  • Juniper family medicine
  • Lybrook Dental 
  • Marchionda Imaginative Medicine Institute
  • Marillac Health (3 locations)
  • Peak Performance Chiropractic
  • Pediatric Dental Specialists of Western Colorado
  • Primary Care Partners
  • Red Canyon Family Medicine
  • Ruby Canyon Dental
  • SOAR Physical Therapy
  • St. Mary’s Hospital 
  • Western Colorado Pediatric Associates
  • Western Colorado Physicians Group
  • Western Slope Dental Center

Printable list COMING SOON.

 

This list is updated as frequently as possible, at least once per week. Look for new partners featured in the Daily Sentinel.

 

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE

Vaccination Efforts

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free. 
  • No appointment, ID or insurance is required.
  • Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. 
  • People who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when you have been fully vaccinated
  • Vaccination is critically important as case counts continue to be at a sustained increase in Mesa County and community transmission of variants including the more contagious, Delta variant is widespread.
  • Mesa County Public Health (MCPH)  has adjusted operations to make it easier than ever to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  
  • The Community Vaccination Site, located at 510 29 ½ Road, accepts walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Immediate scheduling is still available and can make the process easier, especially for those who need or desire a specific vaccine type (i.e 12-17 age group only eligible for Pfizer vaccine). 
  • Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
    • MCPH administers Pfizer vaccine Wednesdays and Saturdays. The scheduling website will only allow appointments for this age group on scheduled Pfizer days, and a parent or guardian must be present at the vaccine appointment.
  • Schedule your vaccine today using these links: English or  Spanish. You can choose your vaccine type on the scheduling website.
  • A community vaccination effort in the form of a cash incentive campaign is underway. Cash prizes, including two $500 prizes a week and a grand prize that could build up to $90,000 are up for grabs. The first two $500 dollar winners will be announced tomorrow, June 11.
    • Mesa County residents, regardless of where they were vaccinated are eligible to enter.
    • Residents must ENTER to win, this contest does not automatically enroll participants.
    • Previously vaccinated individuals are able to register. Enter your most recent vaccination date on your entry form.
    • More information can be found here.
  • Individuals may enter the Big Shot giveaway in addition to the Colorado Comeback Cash initiative through the State of Colorado.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is launching the Power the Comeback business pledge, website, and toolkit to support Colorado businesses and their frontline workers. Find the pledge and additional resources at www.bizpledgeco.com.
  • As you plan summertime activities, remember that full protection builds in the two weeks following your second dose (or after your first dose of a single dose vaccine).  Plan today to ensure the safest possible interactions this summer.
  • If you are unable to complete scheduling online, call 970-248-6900. Press Option 7. Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish should call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.
  • The State of Colorado has set up a Vaccine Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with answers to general vaccine questions available in multiple languages. Call 1-877-CO-VAX-CO (1-877-268-2926).

Latest Data

  • As of the week ending June 5, 51,567 first doses and 51,411 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 102,978 doses.  By age that breaks down as the following percentages for first doses:
    • Age 12-15:  12%
    • Age 16-19: 21.1%
    • Age 20-29: 27%
    • Age 30-39: 32.8%
    • Age 40-49: 37.5%
    • Age 50-59: 46.3%
    • Age 60-69: 65.3%
    • 70+: 67.4%
    • Total: 43% 
  • Approximately 39% of Mesa County residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses in a two-dose series, or a single dose vaccine. 
  • A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the MCPH website with new data related to vaccine by age group.
LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: Mesa County Experiencing Widespread Transmission of Highly Contagious Delta Variant of COVID-19

LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: Mesa County Experiencing Widespread Transmission of Highly Contagious Delta Variant of COVID-19

Mesa County was the first location in Colorado where the B.1.617.2 variant was detected. The variant, first identified in India, was recently renamed the Delta variant and now accounts for more than 6% of all infections in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Since it was first detected in Mesa County a little more than a month ago, this highly transmissible variant is spreading rapidly. There are now 125 identified cases of the Delta variant in Mesa County residents. Not all positive cases are sequenced for variants, meaning the actual number of infections is much higher.

To prevent the spread of this highly contagious illness, please stay home and do not go to work, child care, or gatherings if you have symptoms of any kind, even if you are vaccinated. Mesa County’s COVID-19 case data over the most recent 14 day period shows the most infections in the 10-19 age group (138). Another 50 cases have been in individuals age 0-9 in the last two weeks.

What we know about the Delta variant:

  • More contagious and transmissible, particularly among youth ages 12-20.
    • A recent study in India found it to be 50% more contagious than other COVID-19 strains.
    • In Mesa County 38 of the 125 Delta variant cases have been reported in individuals between the ages of 0-19.
  • Higher risk of hospitalization in unvaccinated individuals.
    • A CDC study found a rise in adolescent (ages 12 to17) hospitalizations in March-April for all strains of COVID-19.

If you are not fully vaccinated, please take the following precautions:

  • Avoid crowds and keep your distance from others, this virus and variant strain is highly contagious and spreads mainly through respiratory droplets when someone talks, coughs, or sneezes.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings, wherever social distancing is not possible, and where required by federal or other facility regulations.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Vaccination is an effective way to prevent illness and variant spread:

  • All Mesa County residents age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
  • The vaccine is widely available in our community at numerous pharmacies and the Community Vaccination Site at Mesa County Public Health. Click here to schedule your vaccine.
  • There is no cost for COVID-19 vaccination.