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Five Variant of Interest Cases Identified in Mesa County

Five Variant of Interest Cases Identified in Mesa County

Through sequencing of test samples, a variant of interest has been identified in five Mesa County COVID-19 cases. The individuals, all females from different households, range in age from 30 to 65 years old.

The Mesa County cases are the first time this variant of interest, referred to as B.1.617.2, has been identified in Colorado. This variant of interest was first identified in India in December 2020. Because viruses are constantly changing, it is normal to see variants appear over time.

Vaccination can slow the spread of illness and is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and our community from the spread of COVID-19. Scientists believe the currently approved vaccines are effective in providing immunity against emerging variants. Mesa County operates a Community Vaccination Site with immediate scheduling available for all residents 16 years of age and older.

In populations not eligible to get the vaccine, such as those under the age of 16, having community protection in the form of high vaccination rates is vitally important. “It’s called cocooning, we use this to protect those who are too young to get vaccinated and others who for various reasons may not be able to get vaccinated.” Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health said. Vaccination is an effective and proven tool to aid in the reduction of illness and disease. Currently, 36% of eligible residents in Mesa County are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, meaning they have received both doses in a two dose series or a single dose vaccine. “We urge those who are able, to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Kuhr added.

MCPH understands the choice to be vaccinated can come with questions and a desire to learn about the approved vaccines. We urge all residents to get information from trusted sources, such as the MCPH website. MCPH recommends vaccination for COVID-19 as well as other proven prevention methods to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community including frequent hand washing, the use of face coverings in public indoor settings where social distancing is not possible, and staying home and away from school, work, or child care, if you or a loved one is not feeling well.

“We know it’s been a long 14 months, you may be done with COVID-19 and the associated measures, but COVID-19 is not done with Mesa County. We are asking our community to stay committed for Mesa County’s overall and economic health,” Kuhr added.

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Bus Visits Seven Locations Across Mesa County

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Bus Visits Seven Locations Across Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), announces dates and locations across Mesa County where residents can get a COVID-19 vaccine free of charge and without an appointment at a Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Mobile vaccinations will be available in locations from De Beque to Gateway, Fruita to Palisade, and on the Grand Mesa in Collbran. The locations were intentionally selected to span Mesa County and are the result of an equity-focused team at MCPH working to increase access and reduce barriers to vaccination. “This is the next step in making sure everyone in Mesa County who has made the choice to get vaccinated has that opportunity,” Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health, said. 

Vaccines at the mobile clinics are available to residents of any Colorado county and no health insurance or ID is required. Appointments are encouraged in advance but are not mandatory. 

May 4 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mesa County Fairgrounds
2785 U.S. Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO

May 5 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Lincoln Park (Parking lot near Tennis Courts)
1340 Gunnison Ave., Grand Junction, CO

May 7 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Veterans’ Memorial Park (Palisade)
120 W 8th St., Palisade, CO

May 8 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fruita Civic Center Park
325 E Aspen Ave., Fruita, CO

May 10 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. De Beque Community Center/Town Hall
381 Minter Ave., De Beque, CO

May 10 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Plateau Valley Medical Clinic (Collbran)
58128 Hwy 330, Collbran CO

May 11 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Gateway-Unaweep Fire Protection District
42700 Highway 141, Gateway, CO

*NEW* May 12 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. -Shopping Center at the entrance to Candlewood Park 418 32 Rd, Clifton, CO

*NEW* May 14 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. PeachTree Shopping Center 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton CO

Click here to download a flyer with all the dates and times (en Español)

The mobile clinics will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, with follow-up shots scheduled three weeks later on a return trip. 

There is ample supply of COVID-19 vaccine available in our community. MCPH is working to protect as many people who choose to be vaccinated as quickly as possible, and these mobile sites make getting vaccinated even more accessible. 

In addition to these mobile clinics, MCPH is administering vaccines to homebound individuals through the work of this equity-focused team and continues to operate a Community Vaccination Site (CVS). Everyone age 16 and older is eligible, with evening and weekend appointments available as soon as the next day.  Visit our website to sign up. 

Individuals more comfortable scheduling an appointment on the phone can call 970-248-6900 and press option 7. A dedicated Spanish-language line is also available by Calling at 970-255-3700.


Salud Pública del Condado de Mesa (MCPH), en asociación con el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE), anuncia fechas y lugares en donde los residentes del Condado de Mesa pueden recibir una vacuna contra COVID-19 sin costo alguno y sin una cita previa.

Las clínicas móviles estarán disponibles en lugares desde De Beque a Gateway, Fruita a Palisade y Collbran. Las ubicaciones fueron seleccionadas intencionalmente para cubrir todo el condado de Mesa con la intención de aumentar el acceso y reducir las barreras para ser vacunado. “Este es el siguiente paso para asegurarnos de que todas las personas en el condado de Mesa que han tomado la decisión de vacunarse tienen esa oportunidad”, dijo Jeff Kuhr, director ejecutivo de Salud Pública del Condado de Mesa.

Las clínicas móviles están disponibles para los residentes de cualquier condado de Colorado y no se requiere seguro médico ni identificación. Se puede hacer cita con anticipación, pero no es obligatorio.

  • 4 de mayo 10 a.m .– 6 p.m. Fairgrounds- Área donde se llevan a cabo los rodeos en el condado de Mesa.
    • 2785 U.S. Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO
  • 5 de mayo 10 a.m .– 6 p.m. Lincoln Park (estacionamiento cerca de las canchas de tenis).
    • 1340 Gunnison Ave., Grand Junction, CO
  • 7 de mayo 10 a.m .– 6 p.m. Parque conmemorativo de los veteranos (Palisade).
    • 120 W 8th St., Palisade, CO
  • 8 de mayo 10 a.m .– 6 p.m. Parque Fruita Civic Center.
    • 325 E Aspen Ave., Fruita, CO
  • 10 de mayo 9 a.m. a 11 a.m. Centro Comunitario De Beque /Ayuntamiento.
    • 381 Minter Ave., DeBeque, CO
  • 10 de mayo 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm. Clínica Médica Plateau Valley (Collbran).
    • 58128 Hwy 330, Collbran CO
  • 11 de mayo 9 a.m .– 12 p.m. Distrito de protección contra incendios Gateway-Unaweep.
    • 42700 Highway 141, Gateway, CO

Las clínicas móviles administrarán la vacuna Pfizer, con segunda dosis programadas tres semanas después.

Hay un amplio suministro de vacunas contra COVID-19 disponible en nuestra comunidad. MCPH está trabajando para proteger a la mayor cantidad de personas que eligen vacunarse lo más rápido posible, y estas clínicas móviles hacen que vacunarse sea aún más accesible.

Además de estas clínicas móviles, MCPH está administrando vacunas a personas confinadas en el hogar y continúa operando un Centro de Vacunación Comunitario (CVS). Todas las personas mayores de 16 años son elegibles, con citas por la noche y los fines de semana disponibles tan pronto como al día siguiente. Visite nuestro sitio web para registrarse.

Las personas que se sientan más cómodas para programar una cita por teléfono pueden llamar al 970-248-6900 y presionar la opción 7. También hay disponible una línea dedicada en español llamando al 970-255-3700.

Pedal through May with a Variety of Programs and Events for Bike Month

Pedal through May with a Variety of Programs and Events for Bike Month

May is Grand Valley Bike Month! Mesa County is encouraging residents to give up the keys on Wednesday, May 5 for Bike to Work Day, and bike for transportation. Whether you bike to work, school, or your favorite local spot, when you bike instead of drive there are many benefits including exercise, improved mental health, better air quality, and cost savings.  When you bike for transportation, get rewarded with a number of Bike to Business discounts,  check out Healthy Mesa County for a complete list of deals, biking tips, and Bike Month activities. 

Pedal through May with a variety of programs and events: 

  • Lunch & Learn – Wednesday, May 5 at 12:00 p.m on the GROWL Facebook page. 
  • Ride Challenge – Riders are encouraged to bike all month and track their rides on LovetoRide.net. Compete for most miles or most consecutive days of riding.
  • Weekly Selfie Challenge – Bike the Grand Valley! Try a different trail and bike route each week, snap a photo, and submit for a chance to win.
  • Free in-person Community Events: 
    • Get Ready to Ride Bicycle Fair – Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Central Branch Library.
    • Handlebars for Health – Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Colorado Discover Ability.
    • Community Bike Night – Thursday, May 27, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Mesa Mall (JCPenney Parking Lot).

Why Bike? 

Bike Month is all about promoting biking for recreation and as a viable alternative to driving,  which improves air quality, reduces traffic congestion, and leads to healthier lifestyles within our community. Information about Grand Valley Bike Month and a complete list of rules and official challenge details can be found on the Healthy Mesa County website. 

Follow Mobile Mesa County and Healthy Mesa County on Facebook for additional information related to biking activities put on by our supporting Bike Month partners.

No Burn Advisory Through 8 p.m. on April 6 Due to Fire Safety Concerns

No Burn Advisory Through 8 p.m. on April 6 Due to Fire Safety Concerns

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory through 8 p.m. on April 6 due to expected high winds. 

The National Weather Service forecast calls for breezy conditions with wind gusts up to 25 mph.

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 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday- Saturday. For more information, call (970) 263-9319. 
    • Please note the Mesa County Landfill is required to close during periods of high winds. If you plan on visiting the Composting Facility on a windy day, please call 241-6846 prior to coming out to ensure the facility is open.
  • 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.

The Spring Burn season in the City of Grand Junction ends April 30, Mesa County’s season goes through May 31.

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

Spring Burn Season Begins March 1

Spring Burn Season Begins March 1

With the support of local fire chiefs, on March 1, 2021, the Spring Burn Season will return. Last Spring, Mesa County’s Open Burn Season was suspended and ultimately canceled due to resource and air quality concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Fall of 2020 after a historic wildfire season, including the Pine Gulch Fire, a burn ban remained in effect due to significant wildfire risk canceling the Fall Open Burn Season.

Community members are encouraged to use Mesa County Public Health’s online system to obtain a permit. This online tool has been re-designed and is easier than ever to navigate and use. Your permit will be emailed to you right after check out.

  • Agricultural Burn Permits are issued with no fee. Within Grand Junction City Limits, agricultural burning is permitted during the designated spring and fall seasons. Outside of the City, agricultural burning is allowed year-round. Permit Holders should only burn when conditions are acceptable for burning.
  • Residential Burn Permits cost $25 and are valid during the designated spring and fall seasons of the calendar year. All proceeds from the permits support your local fire protection district.
  • If you purchased a Burn Permit last year, there is no charge for your permit this year. Please make sure to indicate your previous purchase on your application.
  • We encourage the use of our online system to minimize in-person interaction and to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. If you would like assistance obtaining a permit, please call our team at 970-248-6900. 

Once you have a permit, it’s important to monitor air quality, weather, and other safety alerts. Burn permits are not valid if there is a red flag warning, fire restriction, or a no burn advisory in place. Air quality information can be found on the Mesa County Public Health website. A re-designed Air Quality page makes tracking air quality conditions and advisories easy to access. 

Burn season runs through May 31 in Mesa County and April 30 in the City of Grand Junction.  Permits for everyone in the County (including those within city limits) are issued by Mesa County Public Health.

Open burning pollutes the air and poses a fire hazard. Consider alternatives, such as composting or wood chipping, if possible. The Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S. Hwy 50, accepts organic materials like leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs, hay, and straw free of charge from Mesa County residents. 

To view other alternatives to burning, and for additional information about burn permits, check out our Guide to Burning.