Labor Day is usually a time for camping, barbecues, family gatherings, and vacations, but COVID-19 is changing the way we celebrate this year. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) reminds our community that while we’re in a good place, we need to continue preventive measures to avoid the bump in cases we saw following the July 4 holiday.
“Most of our cases here in Mesa County have been the result of small gatherings, transmission between family and friends, and early on, travel. We encourage people to be really careful when they’re spending time with people that they don’t live with,” said Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health.
Mesa County case numbers are down from a late July peak when illness onset was at or above 30 cases each week for four straight weeks.
Image from health.mesacounty.us COVID-19 Data Dashboard, view the data by clicking here.
Daily cases have leveled off in recent weeks, and our testing positivity rate is right around 2%, but with schools in session and the Labor Day holiday ahead, all residents should be cautious.
We all have a responsibility to follow public health directions to keep our community safe and open. Proven methods to slow the spread of illness include:
MCPH now offers free COVID-19 testing without an appointment at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. The community sampling site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended but not required, a link can be found here.