COVID-19 in Mesa County
If You're Sick Or Have Been Exposed
Learn how to care for yourself and help protect other people in your home and community if you aren’t feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Your Guide to Masks
Layered prevention strategies — like staying up to date on vaccines and wearing masks — can help prevent severe illness and reduce the potential for strain on the healthcare system. Wear a mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you.
Learn more about required testing before air travel to the United States as well as International Travel during COVID-19.
How Long Should I Say Away From Others?
Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness. Talk to your healthcare provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public
If you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.
Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings)
If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness. Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection
Links to More Information
Resources Available by Category
We know many Colorado families are experiencing hardships and in need of information and support. Here are some links that can help families in need.
- 211 Colorado
- 211 Colorado is a statewide community resource connecting individuals and families to critical resources including food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare, and more. Call 2-1-1 or Text your zip code to 898-211 (message and data rates apply). You can also access their web based search function for more help.
- Colorado Public Health COVID-19
- FindHelp.org is the most comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date aggregation of free and reduced-cost programs helping Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- How to Make (and Use) a Disinfectant Against Coronavirus
- NYT article that describes the best ways to use disinfectants on household surfaces, and how to make and preserve their potency.
- COVID-19: The most important conversation you’ll have
- The Colorado Healthcare Ethics Resource Group has put together guides and tip sheets to help people consider specific medical treatments, values and decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage each of you to use the tools provided on the website to have these conversations with your family.
- A Guide to Home-proofing for Flu, Coronavirus and Other Illnesses
- This guide explains why your home is an important front in the battle against germs and viruses, and covers best practices for cleaning everyday objects, keeping the home safe, and what to do before, after and during your family and guests visit.
- Hunger Free Colorado
- Bilingual Food Resources Hotline, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m: 855-855-4246 or in Metro Denver: 720- 382-2920. If you are hearing impaired call Relay Colorado at 7-1-1 or 1-800-659-2656 Go online to hungerfreecolorado.org
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
- To learn more and see if you are eligible go to colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap. You can apply for benefits online at Colorado PEAK: coloradopeak.secure.force.com. You can apply for benefits at your local county human services office, colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/contact-your-county.
- WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)
- To learn more and see if you are eligible go to: https://www.coloradowic.gov/. You can start your application online at https://www.healthinformatics.dphe.state.co.us/WICSignUp.
- Someone from WIC will contact you to see if you qualify and schedule an appointment. You can apply for benefits at a WIC office near you, in Mesa County this office is located within Mesa County Public Health.
- CDE Emergency Feeding Guidance
- As school districts across Colorado announce school closures to help minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Colorado Department of Education is working to mitigate food insecurity among youth and has provided CDE Emergency Feeding Guidance.
- Meal Service by School District & Mapping
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits
- Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits at colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim.
- Local Workforce Centers
- Workforce Centers provide a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers, including job listings, career counseling and training and recruitment of workers. Find your local workforce center at, https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/wfc
- Looking for work?
- Connecting Colorado is part of a state and county-run system that delivers immediate, tangible results for your future.
Behavioral Health Services
- Colorado Crisis Services
- Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential, professional and immediate support for any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Learn more at coloradocrisisservices.org.
- National Suicide Prevention Life Line
- The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and distress resources for individuals and families. Call 1-800-273-8255 or learn more at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
- Colorado Wellness Recovery
- Colorado Wellness Recovery is a mental wellness and addiction recovery guide. It is a free resource for Coloradans considering recovery. Learn more at cowellnessrecovery.org
Rural Communities and Agricultural Producers
- Rural Development Assistance
- USDA Rural Development (RD) USDA Rural Development has $1 billion in lending authority now available through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, which provides much-needed financing to business owners that might not be able to qualify for a loan on their own. For more information, check out this RD fact sheet.
- COVID-19 and USDA Service Centers
- Information related to the new coronavirus and current status of USDA Service Centers, online options for conducting business, and updates to USDA programs and services in response to COVID-19. https://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus
- USDA Grants & Opportunities
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) works to improve domestic and international opportunities for U.S. growers and producers. Review AMS grant programs here.
- COVID-19 Relief for Local Governments
- The Colorado Division’s Colorado Resiliency Office (CRO) is the statewide lead on long-term recovery. CRO serves as a clearinghouse to help communities navigate resources to support long-term recovery. The Office is available to work with partners to hold regional workshops for strategic action planning to support development of resiliency and recovery roadmaps.
Services for Families
- Emergency Child Care FAQ
- Recognizing the need for child care for essential workers, Governor Polis called together a group of early childhood providers, advocacy groups, school districts and foundations to partner with Gary Community Investments and the Colorado Department of Human Services to establish a system of emergency child care. Review the emergency child care FAQ for more information.
- Colorado Department of Human Services
- There are many different programs and services available to assist children, youth and families in Colorado. Learn more about child care, child support services and others at https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/children-families.
- Family Resource Centers
- Family Resource Centers provide a safe, accessible place for your family to connect with comprehensive, coordinated services that help you strengthen your family. You can find your local Family Resource Center at cofamilycenters.org/centers/member-family-resource-centers
- Resources for Parents and Students
- The Colorado Department of Education has compiled online resources for families concerning education during the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources include information about parenting, learning at home, and guidance from the CDC, among many other topics.
- Services for Older Coloradans
- The Colorado Department of Human Services has many resources for older Coloradans. Learn more at colorado.gov/cdhs/older-adults.
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Local agencies including Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Area Agencies on Aging, provide services for older Coloradans. Call 1-844-COL-ADRC (1-844-265-2372) or contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
- Protection from Scams and Price Gouging during COVID-19
- The Colorado Attorney General’s office has issued a consumer alert warning Colorado residents about scams related to coronavirus. Learn more at coag.gov/coronavirus.
Business Financial Help
- COVID-19 Resource Center: Taxation & Your Business
- The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting both individuals who get sick as well as organizations and industries worldwide. During this uncertain time, RubinBrown is ready to help you with practical advice on informing and supporting your employees as well as keeping your business running.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resources & Guidelines for Business
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshaling all its resources to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families; mobilize the business community to combat the pandemic; and help companies prepare for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy.
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know
- Everything you need to know about the Paycheck Protection Loan and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
- Apply for an emergency small business loan here.
- The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s small business toolkit
- This website includes an overview of COVID-19-related legislation including the recent federal stimulus package, SBA lending information and instructions and resource lists.
- U.S. Paycheck Protection Program
- The U.S. Paycheck Protection Program is an emergency and forgivable loan to cover monthly payroll and mortgage interest for up to 2.5 months. Loans will be forgiven if the employer either continues to employ its workers or rehires them when they reopen for business. Contact your current lender or banker to find out if they are part of the program. Fill out an application here.
- Resources for Employers and Business Owners
- COVID-19 is impacting businesses of all sizes and in all industries. We’ve gathered some helpful resources to ensure you can connect with aid that will help you navigate COVID-19. View the different sections to connect with relevant resources and programming.
Additional resources can be found here.