Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has been working tirelessly to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Mesa County. Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, was recently honored with an award from the Grand Junction Rotary for his leadership during the pandemic.

Mesa County’s COVID-19 response, now entering its fourth month, has been a collaborative effort between Mesa County Public Health employees, our hospital and healthcare partners, municipalities and local governments, economic entities, and the entire community. 

Through hard work and sound leadership, MCPH has been able to promptly investigate cases of COVID-19, ensuring illness does not turn into outbreaks while keeping positive case counts at manageable levels. To date, Mesa County has had no deaths as a result of COVID-19. 

Every year, the Rotary Club of Grand Junction selects leaders from our community who have demonstrated one of the most important themes of Rotary, Service Above Self. In recognition of MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr’s leadership in guiding Mesa County through the COVID-19 pandemic and helping to ensure our community remains healthy he accepted the award last week on behalf of the entire agency. 

“At the core of our success is the hard work of the entire MCPH staff,” Jeff Kuhr, MCPH Executive Director said. “I’m proud of the work my team has done. We are prepared and ready to respond. As your local public health agency, it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.”

Mesa County has been able to maintain a low case rate. In fact, when looking at case rates per 100,000 people, Mesa County has the second-lowest rate of all counties in the State of Colorado. “We are not there yet, but if we stay the course and keep up the good work, we’ll be able to manage COVID-19 cases as they come and continue to reopen our economy, “ Kuhr added.