The sampling location for COVID-19 being run by Mesa County Public Health in conjunction with local hospitals and health care providers is expanding to collect even more samples from pre-screened patients for COVID-19. 

We have secured supplies through a federal agency and will open up slots for first responders, health care workers, and residents 65 years and older who are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

In order to have a sample collected for testing you must be pre-screened, and have an appointment. Call the Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 Hotline (970) 683-2300 or your primary care provider for a screening.

At current capacity, the appointment-only location is able to collect samples from about 25 community members per day; with this expanded capacity, we’ll be able to nearly triple the number of samples we collect each day. “We have been working to collect as many samples as possible in our community, we have been limited by the fact that some supplies needed for sampling are in short supply, so we secured this source to provide the supplies we need to expand our testing,” Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr said. “We know COVID-19 is in Mesa County, but we have the opportunity to continue to prevent significant person-to-person transmission through individual resident behavior. I encourage everyone to do their part.”

The COVID-19 Hotline (970-683-2300), which has been set up as a resource for questions related to COVID-19, has volunteers ready to answer questions or direct you to screening. Your healthcare provider can also conduct screening.

Do not go to Mesa County Public Health, your primary care provider’s office, or an Emergency Room for COVID-19 testing. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.