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No Burn Advisory Due to Red Flag Warning Through 9 pm on 5/8/2021

No Burn Advisory Due to Red Flag Warning Through 9 pm on 5/8/2021

NO BURN ADVISORY EXTENDED

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for May 8, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. the No Burn Advisory has been extended.

PREVIOUSLY ISSUED

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory on May 7, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., due to a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service. 

The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions.

Conditions are not appropriate for burning of any kind, including agricultural 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. 
  • 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 our website

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Public Health Emerging Issues

May 5, 2021

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE

  • Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has partnered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to bring a Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to nine locations across Mesa County from May 4-14. 
    • Vaccines are available at no cost, without an appointment, and no ID or insurance is required. Click here to learn more.
  • As of the week ending May 1, 47,075 first doses and 45,117 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 92,192 doses. 
    • Approximately 68% of individuals age 70+ and 62% of those between the ages of 60-69 have received a first dose. 
    • Approximately 36% of the total Mesa County eligible population (16 years and older) is fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses in a two-dose series, or a single dose vaccine. 
  • MCPH will resume the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine on Friday, May 7. From May 7 forward, the J&J vaccine will be available on Fridays and individuals will be able to choose whether they want the J&J vaccine or the Moderna/Pfizer vaccines on the MCPH scheduling website.

 

  • The Community Vaccination Site (CVS) at the Grand Junction Convention Center will relocate to the MCPH building (510 29 1/2 Rd) on May 19. 
    • With over 90,000 vaccine doses administered in Mesa County, shifting operations back to the MCPH building is appropriate. 
    • The site, where vaccine administration started, will continue to meet the community vaccination needs
    • The shift will also allow the Grand Junction Convention Center to host events as outlined in the Free to Choose Resolution.
  • Immediate scheduling and next-day appointments are available.
  • MCPH is working to make getting a COVID-19 vaccine as convenient as possible and offers evening and weekend appointments.
  • This week, we are administering about 500 vaccine doses per day with enough vaccine to administer about 1,500 doses per day. 
  • A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the MCPH website. 
  • 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).
Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

April 29, 2021

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE 

 

  • Next-day appointments are available for COVID-19 vaccination, visit the Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) website for vaccine scheduling links available in English and Spanish.
  • On April 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that providers should resume using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine after an 11-day pause due to reports of rare blood clots in a handful of patients. 
  • MCPH will resume J&J vaccine administration on Friday, May 7. From May 7 forward, the J&J vaccine will be available on Fridays and individuals will be able to choose whether they want the J&J vaccine or the Moderna/Pfizer vaccines on the MCPH scheduling website.
  • The Community Vaccination Site (CVS) at the Grand Junction Convention Center (159 Main St) will relocate to the MCPH building (510 29 1/2 Rd) on May 19. 
    • With over 90,000 vaccine doses administered in Mesa County, shifting operations back to the MCPH building is appropriate. 
    • The site, where vaccine administration started, will continue to meet the community vaccination needs
    • The shift will also allow the Grand Junction Convention Center to host events as outlined in the Free to Choose phase of reopening.
  • Evening and weekend hours are available. MCPH is working to make getting an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine as convenient as possible.
  • As of the week ending April 17, 46,351 first doses and 43,730 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 90,081 doses. 
  • We estimate approximately 67% of individuals age 70+ and 61% of those between the ages of 60-69 have received a first dose. 
  • Approximately 35% of the total Mesa County eligible population (16 years and older) is fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both doses in a two-dose series, or a single dose vaccine. 
  • This week, we are administering about 500 vaccine doses per day. We have enough vaccine to administer about 1,500 doses per day. 
  • Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has partnered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to bring a Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to seven locations across Mesa County from May 4-11. Click here to learn more.
  • A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) website. 
  • 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).
Safety, Storage & Planning Protocols at MCPH Community Vaccination Site

Safety, Storage & Planning Protocols at MCPH Community Vaccination Site

SAFETY, STORAGE & PLANNING PROTOCOLS AT MESA COUNTY COMMUNITY VACCINATION SITE MAKE GETTING THE SHOT QUICK AND EASY 

Almost 86,700 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Mesa County, the majority of which were given at the Community Vaccination Site (CVS). The site, which has been operating for more than three months, can administer up to 1,500 doses per day. During the busiest day so far, nearly 2,000 doses were administered. That’s approximately 333 vaccines an hour, or five every minute. The complex operation is able to run so efficiently and safely because of a well-organized daily plan.

 

The operation’s success starts with the staffing. In addition to Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) staff, the site is operated by hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers.

 

The non-medical volunteers help with tasks like check in, patient navigation and data entry.  Medical volunteers and MCPH staff members carry out the daily tasks needed to properly store and administer vaccine with minimal waste. 

 

Community vaccination is not new territory to public health professionals. “Vaccine safety is a requirement for public health organizations. Our staff must go through annual training and evaluations in order to safely administer vaccinations. Mesa County Public Health employs vaccine experts to ensure patient safety,” said Allison Sanchez, Clinic Manager for MCPH. “This is our area of expertise and we pride ourselves on our practices.”

 

Medical personnel follow strict protocols outlined by the vaccine manufacturers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to make sure vaccination is safe and efficient. Protocols include vaccine temperature monitoring, keeping written records of expiration dates/times, and double checking drawn doses prior to administering. To reduce waste, the needed doses for the day are calculated based on appointments. After vaccination, patients wait 15 minutes in a room staffed by EMTs to monitor for adverse reactions. To date, no adverse reactions have occurred. 

 

With experienced medical personnel carefully analyzing every step of the process, it’s no surprise those who have made the choice to get their COVID-19 vaccination at the Mesa County Community Vaccination site describe it as quick and easy. 

If you are interested in getting vaccinated, please visit the Mesa County Public Health website to make an appointment.

No Burn Advisory Due to Red Flag Warning 4/24/2021

No Burn Advisory Due to Red Flag Warning 4/24/2021

NO BURN ADVISORY DUE TO RED FLAG WARNING

 

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no-burn advisory on April 24, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. due to a Red Flag Warning. The combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels will result in critical fire weather conditions. 

 

Conditions are not appropriate for burning of any kind, including agricultural 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.

 

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