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New Toolkit for High-Risk Settings

Mesa County Public Health is dedicated to limiting outbreaks of COVID-19 in our community.

This toolkit is designed for the hard-working organizations that provide housing and counseling for vulnerable populations.

It includes recommendations and guidance to help maintain a safe living situation for residents.

Topics include:

  • Admissions
  • Symptom monitoring
  • Cleaning
  • managing exposures of COVID-19
  • Testing

These are recommendations only. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact MCPH via email at communityoutreach@mesacounty.us or phone at 970-248-6900.

Ask for an Outreach and Education team member.

**This document is not intended for Long Term Care, Assisted Living Facilities, or any other facility supported by regulations from CDPHE and CMS.

Download the Toolkit here. Download the Decision Tree here.




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


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

Thank You to Our 5-Star Partners

There are no local Public Health Orders currently in effect in Mesa County. The 5-Star Program is not currently in effect.

The 5-Star Program was introduced in the Summer of 2020 as a joint Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) – Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce strategy to support local businesses.

The program recognized businesses for their efforts to protect staff, customers, and the community by implementing specific COVID-19 health and safety precautions. The program’s purpose was to provide customers information as they choose which businesses to visit, and give businesses guidance on the prevention measures they wish to utilize.

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

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Public Health Emerging Issues: 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.

SHARE YOUR STORY: “What matters most to me is taking care of my family.” – Giovanny

Giovanny’s Vaccine Story:

Photo story by Sylvia Johnson. Made possible by National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists and created in collaboration with Garfield County Public Health.

Han cambiado muchos aspectos de la vida. En mi trabajo, en la vida personal, con los niños, en todo ha cambiado. El uso de la mascarilla, las restricciones de que no puedes hacer lo que hacías en tu vida cotidiana, pero poco a poco se ha ido uno adaptando a esto. 

A mí me ha dado Covid una vez. Estuvo un poco duro, porque los síntomas que yo tuve fueron mucha fiebre y dolor de huesos exagerado. Yo no perdí el olfato y el sabor, pero no podía pasar comida. Es lo que más batallé, que no podía pasar la saliva y no podía comer nada, aunque yo tenía mucha hambre.

Decidí ponerme la vacuna primero, porque ya me dio el coronavirus y ya no quiero que me vuelva a dar. Segundo, porque trató de cuidar mi trabajo y trato de cuidar a mi familia, a mi esposa. Mi esposa, de hecho, como trabaja para salud pública, ya se la puso hace mucho tiempo, fue de las primeras personas. A ella no le ha dado y ella ha estado conmigo. Tengo un niño de cinco años y trato de cuidarlo. Lo que más me importa es cuidar a mi familia.

Yo soy carnicero, trabajo en una carnicería y atiendo a mucha gente. Por eso es que también tomé la decisión de ponerme la vacuna, porque yo puedo estar cubierto, pero no sé las demás personas. En el trabajo, si estás vacunado, ya no tienes que hacer la cuarentena, porque estás cubierto con la vacuna. Yo pienso que es una protección tener la vacuna y estar en un trabajo.

Tengo tres hermanas y algunas habían optado por no ponérsela, pero ahorita cambiaron de pensamiento, ya están tratando de ponérsela, porque vieron lo que pasó conmigo, que nada más fue un día realmente lo que te sientes mal, no tiene ningún efecto secundario la vacuna.


Project Summary 

La Vacuna es Para Nosotros (The Vaccine is for Us) is a photo essay consisting of 14 photo stories created by Sylvia Johnson in collaboration with Garfield County Public Health as a tool for local community organizations to share stories and build trust in the Covid-19 vaccine among the Latinx immigrant community. Shot as environmental portraits, these photo stories include families, restaurant workers, business owners, farm workers, law officers, housekeepers, medical interpreters, and students who each share what their experience with the Covid-19 pandemic has been like and what motivated them to want to get vaccinated. The photo stories are available in Spanish and English. As we aim for widespread immunity through vaccination to stop this pandemic, this project humanizes the fallout of the illness, the process of getting vaccinated, and the protection the vaccine offers for being able to live and work safely again.

Sylvia is a National Geographic Explorer and a third culture kid who was born in Latin America and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been working as a bilingual contact tracer for Garfield County since November and received a small rapid response grant from National Geographic to create this vaccine equity storytelling project.

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Public Health Emerging Issues: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Public Health Emerging Issues

March 10, 2021




  • The CDC issued an update to its mask-wearing recommendations on Monday (March 8) saying fully vaccinated individuals can now gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask. More information on the updated guidance can be found here. 
  • Due to an increase in available vaccine, individuals in the current or previous distribution phases can schedule an appointment immediately after filling out the vaccine interest form on MCPH’s website. See eligibility requirements here
    • Appointments may be available as soon as the next day, increasing access to the vaccine and getting us closer to community vaccination goals, allowing our community to reopen more quickly.
    • Individuals who do not yet meet distribution guidelines are still able to fill out the form. Once the individual becomes eligible, they will receive an email or phone call containing further scheduling information.
  • Mesa County is in  Phase 1B.3 of vaccine distribution. This phase includes:
    • People age 60 or older.
    • Frontline essential agricultural and grocery store workers.
    • People age 16-59 with two or more high-risk conditions.
  • As of the week ending March 5, 26,639 first doses and 10,589 second doses have been administered in Mesa County for a total of 37,228 doses. 
  • A Vaccine Dashboard is updated weekly on the Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) website.
  • MCPH continues operating a Point of Distribution (POD) mass vaccination site by appointment only at the Grand Junction Convention Center, located at 159 Main Street. 
  • If you are unable to complete scheduling online call 970-248-6900. Press Option 7, and leave a callback number. 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).