MCPH Urges Additional Precautions as Holiday Gatherings Approach, and COVID-19 and Influenza Circulates Putting Additional Strain on Local Hospitals

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Need a COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving travels? Plan ahead for a safe and healthy holiday

Need a COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving travels? Plan ahead for a safe and healthy holiday

Before the holiday

  • Individuals who wish to receive COVID-19 test results by Thursday, November 25th (Thanksgiving) should consider testing from Saturday, November 20th to Monday, November 22nd.
    • Please note that the testing site at the Mesa County Fairgrounds is open Saturday, November 20th, from 9 am to 12 pm but is closed Sunday and Monday as part of regular operating hours.
    • Additional community testing options can be found on the MCPH website.
  • In observance of the holiday, the testing site located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds will be closed Thursday, November 25th through Saturday, November 27th, and will reopen Tuesday, November 30th.

Planning a safe gathering

  • Getting a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine before gathering with others is the single best way to prevent the spread of the virus. 
  • Some adults 18 and older who are fully vaccinated should also now get booster doses to stay protected. 
  • If it has been at least six months since you got your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or at least two months since you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get a booster dose. 
  • You can get any type of vaccine for your booster dose. It doesn’t have to be the same type as the vaccine you already received.
  • In addition to vaccination, you can make the holidays safer for everyone by:
    • Hosting an outdoor gathering, which is generally safer than an indoor gathering.
    • Keeping the guest list short. Smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups.
    • Considering a shorter celebration. Shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer gatherings. 
    • Remind guests to stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms, are positive for COVID-19, or have had recent close contact with someone with COVID-19.
    • Follow CDC’s Guidance for traveling safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Feel sick post holiday gathering? Get tested

  • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms after your holiday gathering, you are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. 
  • Keep in mind that turnaround times for results may be longer than usual due to holiday lab closures. 
  • If you develop symptoms before local testing sites reopen, or while waiting for results, isolate until you confirm your illness status. 
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • If you are exposed to a person with COVID-19 and you do not have symptoms get tested 5-7 days after your potential exposure.
  • Other respiratory viruses, in addition to COVID-19, circulate this time of year. If you have symptoms of any kind please do not go to work, school, child care, or large gatherings to prevent the spread of illness.
MCPH Scheduling 1st, 2nd, Additional, and Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

MCPH Scheduling 1st, 2nd, Additional, and Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to offer appointments for COVID-19 vaccination and is now offering immediate scheduling for additional COVID-19 doses as well as booster doses for those populations who qualify. The online appointment scheduling system allows patients to choose which vaccine type they receive, as allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Mesa County, 53% of eligible residents have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In total, more than 128-thousand doses of vaccine have been administered. We are well on our way to ending the pandemic, but more work must be done especially as we enter the colder-weather months where indoor activities are more common and respiratory viruses can spread.

The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the delta variant. CDC data show that in August 2021, the risk of dying from COVID-19 in the U.S. was more than 11 times greater for unvaccinated people than for fully vaccinated people.

Many people who have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should now receive another dose to stay protected. If you are eligible, getting a booster dose can help protect you, your family, and your community from COVID-19. You should get a booster dose if you:

  • Are 65 years old or older.

  • Live in a long-term care facility.

  • Are 18 to 64 years old and at high risk of severe COVID-19.

  • Are 18 to 64 years old and at high risk because of where you live or work.

  • You received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for your initial dose.

The timeline for when a booster dose should be administered is as follows:

  • If you received Pfizer or Moderna for your first two doses you should receive your booster dose at least six months after your second dose of vaccine, no matter what vaccine product you receive as a booster.

  • If you received Johnson & Johnson for your initial dose, you should receive your booster dose at least two months after your first dose, no matter what vaccine product you receive as a booster.

Booster doses are common for many vaccines. The scientists and medical experts who developed the COVID-19 vaccines continue to closely watch for signs of waning immunity, how well the vaccines protect against new mutations of the virus, and how that data differ across age groups and risk factors.

Vaccination occurs at the Community Services Building, located at 510 29 ½ Road, with appointments available Wednesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mobile clinics are also being offered to make vaccination as quick and convenient as possible. View the schedule of upcoming mobile clinics here.

If you are unable to complete online scheduling or prefer to make an appointment over the phone call 970-248-6900. Individuals who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish should call the Mesa County Public Health Spanish-language line at 970-255-3700.

Stay up to date by visiting health.mesacounty.us.



  • Mesa County Public Health has been made aware of two foods being recalled that could have been distributed in Mesa County.
  • If you have any of the below products, do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Clean and sanitize any utensils, dishes, or surfaces in your kitchen that have come into contact with these recalled products. Find more info about how to clean and sanitize here.

Canned roast beef with gravy products

An example of one of the recalled products. Look at all of the canned roast beef food labels here.

  • Canned roast beef in gravy recall involving more than 525 thousand pounds of canned roast beef gravy products was announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
  • The gravy may be contaminated with unsafe levels of lead, due to a spice mix used from an outside supplier. 
  • There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.
  • The canned roast beef with gravy product items were produced and sold under many different brands, including the Kroger brand (known locally as City Market). 
  • The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 31812” on the can. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.                  
  • Consumers with food safety questions about canned roast beef products can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.  

Seafood products found in fresh grocery store cases

  • Multiple seafood products that were distributed from May 2021 to October 7, 2021 to restaurants and Albertsons, Safeway, and Sprouts supermarkets in Colorado have been recalled for a food safety issue.
  • The recalled products have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illness.
  • The supplier of these products is Northeast Seafood from Denver, CO. 
  • The recalled items would have been sold out of the grocery stores’ fresh seafood cases and include:
    • Haddock
    • Monkfish
    • Bone-in Trout
    • Grouper
    • Red Snapper
    • Red Rock Cod
    • Ocean Perch
    • Pacific Cod
    • Halibut
    • Coho Salmon
    • Atlantic Salmon Portions
    • Lane Snapper
    • Tilapia
    • All Natural Salmon Fillet
    • Pacific Sole
    • Farm Raised Striped Bass.
  • The production area of their facility has been temporarily shut down. More information can be found here.
  • Consumers questions about the recalled seafood products can direct their questions to the company at 303-373-2226.
  • Consumers with symptoms of Salmonella, like diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, should call their doctor. You may also contact the Mesa County Public Health disease reporting line at 970-254-4120.
Need a COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving travels? Plan ahead for a safe and healthy holiday

COVID-19 Community Testing Site Moves to Mesa County Fairgrounds

In preparation for colder weather, Mesa County Public Health’s COVID-19 testing site will move to the Mesa County Fairgrounds, located at 2785 US-50, Grand Junction.

 Starting Tuesday, October 19, the community COVID-19 testing site, located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds (2785 US-50, Grand Junction), will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m, Tuesday through Friday. Saturday hours will now be available from 9 a.m. to noon. 

 The fairgrounds location provides shelter from rain and snow, ensuring our residents and staff stay warm during the winter months. The larger fairground facilities also allow us to expand hours and offer more tests per day if needed. 

 Mesa County continues to see elevated levels of COVID-19 transmission and cases, which has steadily increased testing demand in recent months. If testing demand continues to grow, the fairgrounds location can easily expand operations. 

Pre-registration is required. MCPH continues to use an outside lab to process results. A nasal swab PCR test is offered at this site, with results guaranteed in four days. Oftentimes, results are delivered more quickly, but the samples are flown to a lab outside Colorado each night, and transit times can vary. Information about how to register can be found on our website. There are no identification or insurance requirements, and there is no cost.

People with symptoms should always get tested immediately. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

All Mesa County residents are asked to stay home and not go to work, child care, public places, or gatherings if they have symptoms of any kind, even if they are vaccinated. If you have symptoms, even if they seem mild, please get a COVID-19 test.

Since MCPH started offering community testing in March 2020, more than 101,000 individuals have been tested for COVID-19. In the past month, an average of 8,000 tests were administered each week. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, MCPH remains committed to providing testing to all.

Testing is one of several tools that can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition to testing, MCPH continues to urge residents to use a layered approach to protection against the virus and utilize strategies such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, regardless of vaccination status. COVID-19 vaccines offer the greatest protection against severe outcomes, including hospitalization and death.

COVID-19 testing is available at other sites across Mesa County as well. A full list of testing locations can be found at health.mesacounty.us.





El sitio de pruebas de COVID-19 para la comunidad se mueve al recinto ferial del condado de Mesa (área donde se hacen los rodeos)

En preparación para el clima más frío, el sitio de pruebas COVID-19 de salud pública del condado de Mesa se trasladará al recinto ferial del condado de Mesa, ubicado en 2785 US-50, Grand Junction.

A partir del martes 19 de octubre, el sitio de pruebas de COVID-19 de la comunidad, ubicado en el recinto ferial del condado de Mesa (2785 US-50, Grand Junction), estará abierto de 7 am a 3 pm, de martes a viernes. El horario de los sábados ahora estará disponible desde las 9 am hasta el mediodía.

La ubicación del recinto ferial brinda protección contra la lluvia y la nieve, lo que garantiza que nuestros residentes y personal se mantengan calientes durante los meses de invierno. Las instalaciones del recinto ferial también son más grandes y nos permiten ampliar las horas y ofrecer más pruebas por día si es necesario.

El condado de Mesa continúa viendo niveles elevados de transmisión y casos de COVID-19, lo que ha aumentado constantemente la demanda de pruebas en los últimos meses. Si la demanda de pruebas continúa creciendo, la ubicación del recinto ferial puede expandir fácilmente las operaciones.

Se requiere preinscripción. MCPH continúa utilizando un laboratorio externo para procesar los resultados. En este sitio se ofrece una prueba de PCR con hisopo nasal, con resultados garantizados en cuatro días. A menudo, los resultados se entregan más rápidamente, pero las muestras se envían en avión a un laboratorio fuera de Colorado cada noche y los tiempos de tránsito pueden variar. Puede encontrar información sobre cómo registrarse en nuestro sitio web. No hay requisitos de identificación o seguro médico, y no hay ningún costo.

Las personas con síntomas siempre deben hacerse la prueba de inmediato. Los síntomas pueden aparecer de 2 a 14 días después de la exposición al virus e incluyen:

  • Fiebre o escalofríos
  • Tos
  • Falta de aliento o dificultad para respirar.
  • Fatiga
  • Dolores musculares o corporales
  • Dolor de cabeza
  • Pérdida del gusto u olfato
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Congestión o secreción nasal.
  • Náuseas o vómitos
  • Diarrea

A todos los residentes del condado de Mesa se les pide que se queden en casa y no vayan al trabajo, al cuidado de niños, a lugares públicos o reuniones si tienen síntomas de cualquier tipo, incluso si están vacunados. Si tiene síntomas, incluso si parecen leves, hágase una prueba de COVID-19.

Desde que MCPH (Salud Pública en sus siglas en inglés) comenzó a ofrecer pruebas comunitarias en marzo de 2020, más de 101,000 personas se han sometido a pruebas de COVID-19. En el último mes, se administraron un promedio de 8,000 pruebas por semana. A medida que la pandemia de COVID-19 continúa evolucionando, MCPH mantiene su compromiso de proporcionar pruebas a todos.

Las pruebas son una de varias herramientas que pueden ayudar a mitigar la propagación de COVID-19. Además de las pruebas, MCPH continúa animando a los residentes a utilizar un enfoque en capas para protegerse contra el virus y utilizar estrategias como el uso de tapabocas, el distanciamiento social y el lavado frecuente de manos, independientemente del estado de vacunación. Las vacunas contra el COVID-19 ofrecen la mayor protección contra los resultados graves, incluida la hospitalización y la muerte.

Las pruebas de COVID-19 también están disponibles en otros sitios del condado de Mesa. Puede encontrar una lista completa de ubicaciones de prueba en health.mesacounty.us.












  • When you receive your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, you should get a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
  • Bring your card if you get a second dose, additional dose, or booster dose.
    • A second dose is necessary as part of the primary vaccine series for those who receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. You must complete a primary vaccine series (two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine) to be considered fully vaccinated.
    • An additional dose is for people who do not build enough or any protection from their primary vaccine series. This appears to be the case for some immunocompromised people who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines.
    • A booster dose is for people who built enough protection after completing their primary vaccine series, but that protection decreased over time. This currently only applies to some Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine recipients.

What should I do with my card after I am fully vaccinated? What if I lose it?

  • Keep your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card for future use. 
  • Consider taking a picture of your card after your vaccination appointment as a backup copy.
  • In Colorado, an app linked to the state’s Immunization Information System (CIIS) can provide a digital record of your immunization. Visit the myVaccineRecord website for more information.
  • If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText after your first vaccine dose, you can access your vaccination information using those tools.
  • Photos of Vaccination Record cards should not be shared on social media. Posting content that includes your date of birth, healthcare details, or other personally identifiable information can be used to steal your identity.
  • Offers to purchase CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record cards are scams. Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.
  • If you did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card at your first appointment, or you have lost or misplaced your vaccine record, contact the vaccination provider site where you got your first shot or Mesa County Public Health to find out how you can get a card.