Mesa County Public Health provides an update on the COVID-19 response in Mesa County including a request to get Mesa County on the path to re-open some businesses with strict social distancing measures in place.

  • Request to allow Mesa County to begin phasing out of stay-at-home/
  • The board of commissioners approved a letter Monday morning to be sent to Governor Polis.
  • The draft plan is a phased approach, that could happen in two-week stages; first allows gatherings of no more than 10 as long as 6-foot distancing guidelines are able to be met.
  • This plan would be monitored and could be adjusted as needed, based on disease surveillance in our community.

Watch the briefing to learn more about:

  • Results from Health and Human Services pending tests were returned, the number of pending results is now well below 100 and Mesa County Public Health is receiving the results as they come in, we do not anticipate a backlog to build with these tests anymore.
  • Dr. Bill Hilty, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center shares a provider perspective on the unique response in Mesa County, some insight on why our case counts might be lower than other areas, and the importance of a phased approach as we move through the next key steps.
  • Andy Tyler, Mesa County Public Health Regional Epidemiologist shares a look inside the process of contact tracing, or contact investigations.
  • Grand Junction Police Chief Doug Shoemaker, currently serving as incident commander for the City of Grand Junction shares a message of resiliency.  Gives support and thanks to our community for the sacrifice and good work our community has done; and encourages us to all continue to take measures to protect our neighbors, friends, loved ones and ourselves.