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The data presented in this dashboard is from all cases reported to Mesa County Public Health. It is updated every evening, usually around 8 p.m.
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Criteria for COVID-19 Testing
Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
Priorities for testing include:
- Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.
- Symptomatic frontline healthcare workers and first responders.
- Other symptomatic individuals such as adults 65 years or older, anyone with a serious underlying medical condition, anyone who works closely with individuals at greater risk (like in a nursing home), or anyone who had close contact with a known COVID-19 case.
Helping Seniors and other Vulnerable Populations
Colorado’s stay-at-home order includes an exception to care for vulnerable people. Think of the people in your neighborhood who may not have anyone looking out for them, and do your part to help keep them safe.
As the local public health authority, Mesa County Public Health is working to keep local residents informed and updated on COVID-19.
- We are providing messaging around ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness.
- Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is monitoring the situation and receives regular updates from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- We are in communication with our healthcare partners and regional partners to provide updates on changes to testing or isolation guidelines, and other information or resources requested.
- We will continue to investigate and test people that we suspect could have novel coronavirus alongside CDPHE and the CDC and will provide updates as necessary.
- Mesa County Public Health is monitoring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies at the local and regional level.
- Our routine disease surveillance continues which includes data collection and analysis on causes of illness, injury, and death affecting Mesa County residents.
We know the threat of this virus is worrisome. Many are wondering what they can do in addition to preventive measures to stop the spread of illness. Here are a couple of things to begin thinking about so you’re prepared if additional cases begin to be identified in the US.
What can community members do?
- Try to get a few extra months’ worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.
- Think through how you will take care of sick family members while trying not to get infected.
- Think about and make a plan for what you will do if your child’s school or child care is closed.
- Remember to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. It’s one of the simplest things you can do to prevent the spread of germs.
- This fact sheet outlines some proven effective recommendations.
There are things all community members should be doing now to stay informed and be prepared.
- Stay up-to-date on current case counts and recommendations here.
- The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to prevent exposure to people who are sick.
- Avoid travel to affected countries. Check CDC’s CDC’s travel health notices for the latest travel recommendations and guidance.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (scrub for at least 20 seconds), and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not an option.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes either using a tissue or your sleeve. Be sure to wash your hands immediately afterwards.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick, until at least 24 hours after your symptoms end.
- Regularly clean frequently touched objects and surfaces. Make sure to clean high-touch surfaces like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
- If someone is sick in your home, take extra precautions to prevent further spread to others. Limit the number of family members and visitors coming into contact with them and separate them to the extent possible.
- The threat of an illness outbreak is understandably stressful and scary. Find ways to reduce and manage your stress. Check out some tips here.
A statewide hotline has been set up. Call CO-HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for general questions.
Here are some recommendations from Ready.gov
- Store a two week supply of water and food.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
Colorado Crisis Services is available to all Coloradans and we want to encourage all agencies to refer to this line if anyone needs mental health support or just someone to talk to in this crisis.
It’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your mental health during this time. Mental health and substance abuse can be heightened during stress so please reach out for help if you, or a family member, need support. There is no shame in asking for help.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, helpless or need someone to talk to, Colorado Crisis Services offers free, confidential and professional 24/7 support. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255. https://