Your Actions Matter

Our plan keeps the community’s overall health as a top priority and provides ways businesses can open safely but it requires individual responsibility from each resident.

We all have to work together to keep case counts manageable and ensure our hospital systems are not overwhelmed.

Social Distance

Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.

Stay Home

Monitor your health daily and stay home when you are sick.

Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

Face Covering

Use a cloth face covering when indoors and when around others, especially in areas where maintaining 6 feet of physical distance is not possible.

Wash Hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry

Get Tested

Identifying illness early, and isolating yourself if you are sick is an important part of slowing the spread. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or were in a situation in which you may have been exposed, get tested. Information about free testing in Mesa County can be found here.

COVID-19 Testing Information

Drive-up testing is available without an appointment at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

Free COVID-19 testing takes place Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

Questions? Email us!

Daily Summary

Data and information about the COVID-19 response in Mesa County and elsewhere are provided in the daily summary. You can find previous daily summaries here.

We want to remind all residents to:

  • Stay home if you don’t need to go out. Working from home, virtual gatherings, and using curbside or delivery ordering are still the safest and best options to protect yourself and others.
  • Stay home if you’re sick or feel off. A number of new cases reported going out while symptomatic.
  • Avoid gatherings. Skipping gatherings limits the chance for virus to spread. Gatherings of any size pose a risk.
  • Wear masks. Masks are required indoors, and we strongly recommend them anytime you are near others not in your household.
  • Assume you could have come in contact with COVID-19 anytime you go out. Currently, about a third of cases do not know where they could’ve gotten COVID-19. Watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor or visit our testing page for information on how to get tested.

Hot Topics

How can I protect myself and others at gatherings? 

What you need to know: 

  • The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and of COVID-19 spreading.
  • The higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering. Similarly, attendees coming from areas with high levels of transmission pose a greater risk of spreading the illness to others at the event. 
  • Other than going virtual, gatherings with the least risk are smaller, outdoor events in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects, and come from the same local area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
  • In any group setting, older adults and vulnerable populations, such as those with chronic health conditions, are more at risk of severe illness and poor outcomes related to COVID-19.

Q: What precautions should I take if I plan to attend an event? 

A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. The virus may also spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose, mouth or eyes, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick, maintaining 6 feet of distance, and wearing a cloth face covering) are important ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The best precaution is still to avoid group gatherings altogether. 

Q: I’m planning to host a gathering. What can I do to minimize the risk of someone getting COVID-19 while attending?

A: Public and Private Events Guidance from MCPH can help you assess risk.  The CDC provides detailed recommendations for how to lower the likelihood that someone will contract COVID-19 during your event. At a minimum, ask attendees to follow everyday precautions (handwashing, staying home when sick, maintaining 6 feet of distance, and wearing a cloth face covering). Make handwashing stations and hand sanitizer readily available, and plan to clean and disinfect surfaces frequently. Consider providing face coverings to attendees, and limit shared access to items like food, serving utensils, coolers, yard games, and other equipment. Planning the layout of your event to make physical distancing easy, with visual cues like signs, tape on floors, and well-spaced seating, is also helpful to guests. Be especially cautious when older adults and other vulnerable groups, like individuals with chronic health conditions, are thinking of attending. Consider offering virtual options for those most at risk and others who want to participate but are not comfortable with the group setting.

Q: How will I know what size of gathering is allowed? 

A: Regulations vary from place to place and change frequently, so make sure to check the current allowable group size where your event is being held. In Mesa County, this information can be found on the Mesa County Public Health website

Q: What if someone does end up getting sick after attending the event? 

A: Make sure all participants – whether guests, employees, or volunteers – are aware of symptoms to watch for and how to get tested if the need arises. People can contact their healthcare provider or, if they are a Mesa County resident, call 970-683-2300 to schedule an appointment to get sampled for testing. Anyone with symptoms or who has had close contact with an infected individual should self-isolate or quarantine until it’s safe for them to be around others. 

Antibody (Serological) Testing

What you need to know:

  • A serological test is a blood test that looks for antibodies in your blood. It can detect the body’s immune response to the infection caused by the virus, rather than detecting the virus itself. 
  • While these tests can detect previous exposure to COVID-19, they cannot reliably determine if a patient is currently infected and able to spread the virus to others. Because much is still unknown about how long immunity may last following COVID-19 infection, these tests may give a false sense of safety to patients. It is not yet known whether having antibodies to COVID-19 means that you can’t get sick again. 
  • Some antibody tests may cross react with other respiratory viruses, resulting in false positive results. This means the test is detecting antibodies to a different virus, such as one of the common coronaviruses that many people have been exposed to in the past.
  • An antibody test looks for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies can be found in the blood of people who are tested after infection and show that people have had an immune response to the infection. 
  • It typically takes 1 to 3 weeks after someone becomes infected with COVID-19 for their body to make antibodies; some people may take longer to develop antibodies. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with an active infection.
  • Antibody test results are not used to diagnose someone with an active COVID-19 infection. 

Q: What is the purpose of antibody testing:

A: There are two main purposes:

  • To provide you and your medical provider with your specific results for discussion of any further care that may be necessary.
  • To obtain a more accurate assessment of SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as COVID-19,  in our community. With this information, public health and medical professionals will have better information to inform decisions necessary to contain community spread.

Q: Does antibody testing predict immunity to COVID-19?

A: No. Antibody testing should not be used to predict immunity and all people should continue to follow CDC and public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection.

Q: Will the antibody test tell me if I have COVID-19?

A: This test will only tell you if you have been previously exposed to, or infected with, the COVID-19 strain, SARS-CoV-2. This is not a diagnostic test. 

Q: Who can get an antibody test?

A: Anyone who is not currently symptomatic can get tested. If a person is symptomatic, they should be sampled through our regular sampling site.

Q: How is an antibody test performed?

A: This is a simple blood draw that is done at the Mesa County Public Health Clinic, located at 510 29 ½ Road.

Q: When should I get antibody testing?

A: Testing is recommended at least 14 days after potential exposure – giving the body the time it needs to build an immune response and produce antibodies. 

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arms lengths).

What you need to know:

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as at grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.

  • Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
  • Cloth face coverings can be made from household items.

Prevent Spread by Those Without Symptoms

While people who are sick or know that they have COVID-19 should isolate at home, COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected.   That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of COVID-19 across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with this coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

The Dial

What is the Dial?

Colorado’s dial framework has five levels to guide a county’s response to COVID-19. Counties move back and forth between levels, depending on three metrics. Levels are based on the number of new cases, the percent positivity of COVID tests, and hospitalizations. Local considerations are also taken into account. As the dial moves left, toward Protect Our Neighbors, more people can participate in various activities. This framework gives communities a new tool to make life in the pandemic more sustainable.

What level is Mesa County in?

Mesa County has been certified for the Protect Our Neighbors level, but due to significant increases in COVID-19 cases, we have moved on the dial. View the current level here.

The state’s dial outlines businesses and activities that can be open, it sets capacity limits for each, as well as specific metrics (data) corresponding to each level.

Holiday Celebrations

Fall and winter celebrations, such as Thanksgiving, Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s, typically include large gatherings of families and friends, crowded parties, and travel that may put people at increased risk for COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I’m hosting a gathering for the holidays, what should I do to prepare? 

A: Remind guests to stay home if they are sick

  • Remind invited guests to stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health. Invited guests who live with those at higher risk should consider the potential risk to their loved ones.
  • Consider keeping a list of guests who attended so they may be notified if someone becomes sick after the event.

Encourage social distancing

  • Host your gathering outdoors, when possible. If this is not feasible, make sure the room or space is well ventilated (for example, open a window).

Wear masks

  • Wear masks when less than 6 feet apart from people or indoors.
  • Consider providing masks for guests or asking them to bring their own.

Clean hands often

  • Consider providing hand sanitizer in addition to clearly marked hand washing areas.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering and exiting social gatherings. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Q: Who should not attend social holiday gatherings?

A: People with or exposed to COVID-19. Do not host or participate in any in-person festivities if you or anyone in your household:

  • Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria for when it is safe to be around others
  • Has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Is waiting for COVID-19 viral test results
  • May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

In addition, if you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should:

  • Avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household.
  • Avoid larger gatherings and consider attending activities that pose lower risk (as described throughout this page) if you decide to attend an in-person gathering with people who do not live in your household.

Q: Is it safe to travel?

A: Traveling increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you decide to travel, follow these safety measures during your trip to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public places.
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Q: What is the safest way to serve food?

A: Limit the number of people handling or serving food

  • Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks.
  • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible.
  • If serving any food, consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
  • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings, food containers, and condiments, so that multiple people are not handling the items

For more information on Holiday celebrations healthy guidance, please visit the CDC website

Is the U.S. in a second wave? 

What you need to know: 

  • Although there is no official definition of what constitutes a wave, one wave is typically considered to end when an infection is controlled and transmission is brought down to a very low level for a sustained period. The next wave begins when the illness reappears in large numbers. Based on this definition, the United States overall is still in the first wave of COVID-19 infections. 
  • The number of positive cases per 100,000 people, which is a standard ratio used to compare rates of infection, varies greatly from place to place. A second wave could happen in some locations that were able to contain their small initial outbreaks (as may currently be the case in states like Hawaii, Montana, and Alaska) without applying to the country as a whole. 
  • Mesa County has experienced a low overall positive rate, but since the pandemic started we have seen the number of cases go up and down. The recent trend has been consistently upward.   

Q: Does flattening the curve mean the first wave has ended? 

A: In some parts of the country, counties and states were able to “flatten the curve,” meaning that although the number of positive cases continued to accumulate, the increase was gradual and manageable. As communities open up across the U.S., positive cases are now increasing in many places, without first having a significant period of decline. These communities can be considered to be in a second phase of the original wave – they may have experienced a plateau in positive cases prior to the current upward trend, but not a decrease.    

Q: How would a surge in cases affect Mesa County’s variance from the State of Colorado that allows for broader reopening? 

A: Due to our low rate of positive cases, Mesa County has been able to open more broadly and more quickly than many other parts of the state. However, our reopening plan is closely tied to case data, and is dependent on staying below certain thresholds. For example, if our positive rate were to exceed 15% in a two-week period, the variance would be rescinded. In order to continue down the path of reopening our community, we must each do our part to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Q: Without a vaccine, how can we prevent a second wave (or significant rise in cases) in Mesa County?

A: The best way to lessen the likelihood of a significant increase in cases locally is to follow the practices that limit the spread of the virus. These are by now likely familiar to you, but the more people make all of these recommendations part of their daily routine, the more likely it is that Mesa County will continue to experience a low COVID-19 positive rate. Whenever possible:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who do not live with you.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose in public. 
  • Get tested if symptoms appear.
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Continue to avoid group gatherings, dinner parties, birthday parties, any situations with close contact with people outside your immediate household.

Feeling Sick?  Get tested for COVID-19

Mesa County Public Health runs a community sampling location for COVID-19 testing.

Drive-up testing is available without an appointment at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

Free COVID-19 testing takes place Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Learn more here.

Do you need a test?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone with symptoms should get tested, stay away from others and follow the instructions on how to isolate. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 you should follow the instructions on how to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to prevent further transmission.

In general, you do not need a test if you do not have symptoms. If you think you have been exposed, limit your contact with other people for 14 days after your exposure. However, if you work in a care facility, work in a setting with an outbreak, or you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, it may be advisable to get a test even if you don’t have symptoms. You should wait about seven days after the date you think you were exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms.

  • Testing immediately after exposure isn’t helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.
  • While it’s a good idea to wait about seven days to be tested after the date of exposure, some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should minimize their contact with others for 14 days from the date of their exposure, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.
  • Individuals who are sick and receive negative COVID-19 test results should continue to stay home while they are sick and should consult with their healthcare provider about the need for additional testing and the appropriate time to resume normal activities.

Here’s what to expect after you are tested for COVID-19.

Is it Safe to Travel WIthin the United States?

Protect yourself and others during travel in the US - COVID-19

Colorado’s Safer at Home Public Health Order allows exploration in the vast outdoors, but what about travel to other communities within Colorado and other states within the United States?

What you need to know:

  • This type of travel is different from your everyday activities, away from your local community. It’s important to remember COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states, and the situation is constantly changing. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
  • Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick

If you are thinking about traveling away from your local community, ask:

Q: Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
You can get infected while traveling.

Q: Is COVID-19 spreading in your community?
Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.

Q: Will you or those you are traveling with be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip?
Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others.

Q: Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Q: Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19?
If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Q: Does the state or local government at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling?
Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.

Q: If you get sick with COVID-19, will you have to miss work or school?
People with COVID-19 disease need to stay home until they are no longer considered infectious.

International Travel

Widespread transmission of COVID-19 has been reported globally with several areas experiencing widespread ongoing transmission with restrictions on entry to the United States. If you recently returned from international travel:

  • Stay home for 14 days after returning, monitor your health, and practice social distancing
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country can be found here.

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arms lengths).

What you need to know:

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. 
  • Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials, however, the transmission of this novel coronavirus occurs much more commonly through person-to-person spread than through objects and surfaces.
  • Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food or drinking water. However, before preparing or eating food it is always important to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for general food safety. 

Q: How do respiratory droplets make someone sick?

A: When we cough, sneeze, or talk, our mouths expel moisture droplets into the air around us. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, of people who are nearby. When the droplets come from someone who is carrying the virus and land on or are inhaled by another person, that person can also become sick. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Wearing a covering over the mouth and nose minimizes the amount of respiratory droplets you are spreading into the air around you.

Q: Am I likely to get COVID-19 by touching a surface with the virus on it?

A: Cleaning of visibly dirty and frequently touched surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. However, transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through objects and surfaces.

What’s the status of a vaccine for COVID-19?

What you need to know: 

  • Nearly 150 vaccines to combat COVID-19 are currently in development. 
  • Most vaccines in the works are still in the preclinical stage, meaning they are not yet in human trials. The rest are in one of three phases focused on safety, dosage, and efficacy.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that any COVID-19 vaccine must prevent or reduce the severity of infection among at least 50 percent of people who receive it in order to be approved. 

Q: When can we expect a vaccine to be widely available? 

A: New vaccines usually take at least several years to become available, with vaccines for new viruses taking even longer – often decades. However, the worldwide sense of urgency around a COVID-19 vaccine has escalated the resources and energy being put toward research and development, making a shorter timeline likely. Estimates range from an optimistic fall of 2020 debut, to fall of 2021 or longer. Once vaccines are available to the public, high-risk individuals will likely get priority. 

Q: What is the effectiveness of other common vaccines?

A: Vaccine effectiveness varies widely. The flu vaccine, for example, typically reduces the risk of flu illness by 40% to 60% when the vaccine is well suited to that year’s strain. The measles vaccine, however, is about 96% effective after one dose, and vaccine effectiveness against polio is essentially 100% following a three-dose course. 

Q: How do vaccines work?

A: Vaccines contain the same germs that cause disease (for example, measles vaccine contains measles virus). However, those germs have been either killed or weakened to the point that they don’t make you sick. Some vaccines contain only a part of the disease germ. A vaccine stimulates your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. Vaccines help people develop some level of immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.

Q: Should everyone have to get the COVID-19 vaccine or just people at high-risk?

A: We don’t know exactly who will be recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine, if one is ever developed, but we do know that it takes a large percentage of the population to be protected to stop disease transmission. 

[list style=”2″ title=”Toolkit for People 15 to 21″ link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/young-people-15-to-21.html” image=”8698″]Resources and tools designed for youth and young adults to keep them healthy as they venture out.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Childcare Programs & Summer Camps” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/childcare-programs-summer-camps.html” image=”4007″]Guidance and tools to help childcare program and summer camp administrators make decisions, protect children and staff, and communicate with their communities.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Businesses and Workplaces” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/business-workplaces.html” image=”8054″]Guidance and tools to help business owners make decisions, protect their customers and employees, and communicate with their communities.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Colleges and Universities” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/colleges-and-universities.html” image=”9191″]Guidance and tools to help colleges and universities make decisions, protect their students and instructors, and communicate with their communities.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Community and Faith-Based Organizations” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/youth-sports.html” image=”9241″]Guidance and tools to help community and faith-based organizations make decisions, communicate with their communities, and protect their employees, volunteers, and members.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Correctional and Detention Facilities” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/correctional-and-detention-facilities.html” image=”9238″]Guidance and tools to help administrators of correctional and detention facilities make decisions and protect and communicate with staff, people who are incarcerated, and their communities.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Domestic Travlers” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/domestic-travelers.html” image=”3910″]Guidance and tools to help travelers protect themselves, their families, and their community.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Education (K-12)” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/schools.html” image=”2517″]Guidance and tools to help school administrators make decisions, protect their students and staff, and communicate with their communities.[/list]

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[list style=”2″ title=”General Public” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/general-public.html” image=”9187″]Guidance and tools anyone can use to protect themselves, their family and friends, and their community.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Older Adults and People at Higher Risk” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/older-adults-and-people-at-higher-risk.html” image=”9192″]What you can do if you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Parks and Recreational Facilities” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/parks-recreational-facilities.html” image=”9189″]Guidance and tools to help parks and recreational facilities make decisions and protect employees and visitors.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”People with Disabilities” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/people-with-disabilities.html” image=”9193″]Guidance for direct service providers, caregivers, parents, and people with developmental and behavioral disorders.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”People Experiencing Homelessness” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/people-experiencing-homelessness.html” image=”9259″]Guidance and tools to help homeless service providers make decisions and protect and communicate with staff and with people who are experiencing homelessness.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Shared and Congregate Housing” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/shared-congregate-housing.html” image=”9188″]Guidance and tools to help owners, administrators, or operators of shared housing facilities make decisions, protect, and communicate with residents, staff, and public health officials.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Retirement Communities” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/retirement-communities.html” image=”9237″]Guidance and tools to help retirement communities make decisions, protect their residents and staff, and communicate with their communities.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Tribal Communities” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/tribal-communities.html” image=”9236″]Guidance and tools to help tribal organizations make decisions, communicate with their members, and protect their families and communities.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Worker Safety and Support” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/parks-recreational-facilities.html” image=”9190″]Guidance and tools to help employees make decisions, protect their customers and coworkers, and communicate with their communities.[/list][list style=”2″ title=”Youth Sports” link=”https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/toolkits/youth-sports.html” image=”9186″]Guidance and tools to help youth sports administrators make decisions, protect their teams and players, and communicate with their communities.[/list]
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.

Resources Available by Category

Mesa County CARES Assistance Request

The Mesa County Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) has received additional CARES Act funding to support the community recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. Funding requests are limited to $5,000 or less.

Eligible activities for this funding must be geared toward alleviating the causes and conditions of poverty in our community and must meet one of the following federal objectives: employment, education, housing, health, and social/behavioral development, and linkages with other programs. Eligible Entities must provide services to individuals who earn an annual household income at or below 200% Federal Poverty Level. Proof of income will be required.

Click here to apply.

General Help

  • 211 Colorado
    • 211 Coloradois 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
  • Stay-at-Home Orders Explained
  • Findhelp.org
    • 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.

Food Resources

Employment

  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    • Access a variety of resources including information about layoffs, unemployment and funding options. The office also has a small business navigation hotline available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 303-860-5881 or oedit_sbanavigator@state.co.us.
  • 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.