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Reduced wait times at Mesa County COVID-19 testing site

Reduced wait times at Mesa County COVID-19 testing site

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to provide FREE COVID-19 drive-through testing at two locations in Grand Junction. The testing site at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, located at 2785 US Highway 50, has changed traffic flow and added another area for sampling,...

Mesa County Hospitals Reaching Limits for Beds, Staffing

Mesa County Hospitals Reaching Limits for Beds, Staffing

Area hospitals are reaching critical thresholds for capacity and staffing due to COVID-19. Mesa County Public Health monitors hospital capacity and bed use. As of November 18 there are no ICU beds available.  All area hospitals will begin activating surge capacity to...

Visitors are no longer allowed in Grand Valley Hospitals

Visitors are no longer allowed in Grand Valley Hospitals

In coordination with Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) area hospitals are implementing additional visitor restrictions in response to COVID-19.  With widespread community transmission, it’s vital we protect our healthcare workforce. The safety precaution will be in...

FREE COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING EXPANDS

FREE COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING EXPANDS

JUST ANNOUNCED: The testing site at Colorado Mesa University has opened testing slots for this weekend (11/14 & 11/15). You must pre-register but this testing is open to all Mesa County residents. Beginning Monday, November 16, additional COVID-19 testing will be...

LOCAL CHANGES TO SAFER AT HOME LEVEL ORANGE

LOCAL CHANGES TO SAFER AT HOME LEVEL ORANGE

The Mesa County Board of Public Health will approve a new Public Health Order for Safer at Home level orange, the level assigned through the State of Colorado’s dial framework. The framework system considers the number of cases in a two-week period, percent...

COVID-19 Community Sampling Site Open on Veterans Day

COVID-19 Community Sampling Site Open on Veterans Day

The FREE community sampling site operated by Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) for COVID-19 testing located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds will be open on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.  You do not have to have an appointment, but pre-registration is...

FREE COVID-19 Community Testing Site Announces Winter Hours

FREE COVID-19 Community Testing Site Announces Winter Hours

Mesa County Public Health continues to provide a FREE COVID drive-through community testing site in Grand Junction. The testing site at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, located at 2785 US Highway 50, is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You do not have...

Safety Closure Due to Cold Weather at Community Sampling Site

Safety Closure Due to Cold Weather at Community Sampling Site

Due to cold weather the Community Sampling Site for COVID-19 testing, located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, is closing due to safety concerns and specimen integrity. The site is expected to reopen Wednesday, October 28.  Mesa County Public Health recommends anyone...

Mesa County Moves to ‘Cautious’ on the Dial

Mesa County Moves to ‘Cautious’ on the Dial

Dramatic daily increases in COVID-19 case counts have resulted in Mesa County moving down one level on the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 dial. Mesa County is now in the cautious, or blue, level. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the...

Record 74 COVID-19 Cases Reported in a Single Day

Record 74 COVID-19 Cases Reported in a Single Day

Seventy-four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported to Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) on October 22. That number is nearly double the previous record (44) which was recorded the day prior. Although it took four months for Mesa County to reach 100 cases, this week...

Pregnant During the Pandemic

Pregnant During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyday life into a stressful time for many across our community.  Imagine what the pandemic must be like during the already stressful time of pregnancy, and imagine still the pressure of being a teenager, pregnant during the...

Increasing COVID-19 cases prompt mitigation plan

Increasing COVID-19 cases prompt mitigation plan

Mesa County was one of the first counties in the state to be certified for Protect Our Neighbors status, the highest level of reopening allowed in the State of Colorado’s COVID-19 response. Since the implementation of this new phase, cases of COVID-19 have been...

COVID-19 Stories: Airborne Transmission

COVID-19 Stories: Airborne Transmission

Fall is prime time on the Western Slope, with temperatures perfect for dining outdoors, hiking in the desert, and taking in the colors on the Grand Mesa. However, as the weather cools, many are thinking ahead to winter and wondering whether more inside time will...

Air Quality Advisory Extended Until Further Notice

Air Quality Advisory Extended Until Further Notice

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has extended the Air Quality Advisory until further notice. Smoke from wildfires in several surrounding states, including as far away as California, is moving into the Grand Valley, causing hazy skies and possibly unhealthy conditions...

Air Quality Advisory Extended Until Monday October 5

Air Quality Advisory Extended Until Monday October 5

This advisory has been extended through Monday, September 5 at 10 a.m. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has issued an Air Quality Advisory through Sunday, October 4, at 10 a.m....

COVID-19 Community Sampling Site Temporary Hours

COVID-19 Community Sampling Site Temporary Hours

The Community Sampling Site for COVID-19 testing, located at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, is operating with temporarily modified hours through Saturday, October 10.    Free, drive-up testing is available without an appointment at the Fairgrounds grandstand area during...

MCPH Has Flu Vaccine Available

MCPH Has Flu Vaccine Available

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has flu vaccine available and is currently scheduling appointments. The best way to protect yourself from the flu this fall and winter is to get vaccinated. It’s a safe and effective way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and...

COVID-19 Stories: The Shame Game

COVID-19 Stories: The Shame Game

As the season changes and weather begins to cool, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in Mesa County. We’re working hard to reverse this course with your help, but it's not the only trend we want to buck. Public shaming has taken center stage during the...

COVID-19 Stories: Supporting our Students and Schools This Fall 

COVID-19 Stories: Supporting our Students and Schools This Fall 

Just about every day, we are witnessing schools around the country pivot, stretch, and change the way they operate in response to COVID-19. Schools and school districts, including in Mesa County, are under immense pressure to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak while educating...

What Protect Our Neighbors Means for Mesa County

What Protect Our Neighbors Means for Mesa County

Since the announcement that Mesa County qualified for the Protect Our Neighbors phase of reopening there has been some confusion about the status and what is allowed under this latest phase of reopening in the COVID-19 response. Protect Our Neighbors is...

COVID-19 Stories: Lending a Helping Hand 

COVID-19 Stories: Lending a Helping Hand 

Mesa County is a community of doers, helpers, and fixers. Many of you have joined our volunteer team to answer phones and staff our COVID-19 testing site, and for that we are grateful!  Many others have demonstrated support for our community through your willingness...

Air Quality Advisory Extended Due to Wildfire Smoke

Air Quality Advisory Extended Due to Wildfire Smoke

This advisory has been extended through Friday, September 18 at 10 a.m. due to out-of-state wildfire smoke. Air quality levels are currently orange, or unhealthy for sensitive groups including people with heart or lung disease, older adults and young children. If...

Gov. Polis Extends Mask Order

Gov. Polis Extends Mask Order

Governor Jared Polis has extended an Executive Order ordering individuals in Colorado to wear a face covering due to the presence of COVID-19. The order has been extended now expiring 30 days from September 12. The order states in part, "We have learned that...

COVID-19 Stories: Prioritizing Mental Health in the Pandemic

COVID-19 Stories: Prioritizing Mental Health in the Pandemic

Declining mental health during COVID-19 There’s been an overall feeling of ‘blah’ or ‘meh’ lately. Have you felt it? Anecdotally, we have heard that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a general decrease in people’s emotional well-being and mental health. A new statewide...

Build on Our Success This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is usually a time for camping, barbecues, family gatherings, and vacations, but COVID-19 is changing the way we celebrate this year. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) reminds our community that while we’re in a good place, we need to continue preventive...

COVID-19 Stories: Prioritize Immunizations Before Flu Season

COVID-19 Stories: Prioritize Immunizations Before Flu Season

It’s no secret that our healthcare routines have been impacted because of COVID-19. During the stay at home order this spring, elective surgeries were canceled to ensure space at hospitals and preserve scarce personal protective equipment (PPE). During the early days...

COVID-19 Stories: Doing Our Part to Keep Kids in School

COVID-19 Stories: Doing Our Part to Keep Kids in School

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Doing My Part,” during Colorado’s fight against COVID-19. It has even resulted in some popular hashtags, #DoingMyPart and #DoingMyPartCO, and we want you to embrace it, because it’s important. As individuals we must each do what is...

Wildfire Smoke Advisory Lifted

Wildfire Smoke Advisory Lifted

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) lifted the wildfire smoke advisory at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26. Although multiple wildfires are still burning, smoke has dispersed in the Grand Valley and air quality conditions have significantly improved. The Pine Gulch Fire,...

COVID-19 Stories: Let’s hear it for good news!

COVID-19 Stories: Let’s hear it for good news!

This post is solely dedicated to amplifying good news! Much of 2020 has been dominated by the pandemic and stories filled with bad or uncertain news. Today we focus on recent positive community developments - pass them on. Colorado Mesa University is back  CMU has...

COVID-19 Stories: Back-to-School Symptom Checks

COVID-19 Stories: Back-to-School Symptom Checks

When school begins, symptom checking will become a necessary part of the daily routine. Mesa County Valley School District 51 will resume classes this fall starting on August 17, or on August 19 if you have a kindergartener. If you have chosen the in-person option for...

Public Health Order Extended for Safer at Home Mesa County

Public Health Order Extended for Safer at Home Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has extended the Public Health Order for Phase 2 of reopening. The Mesa County Board of Public Health approved the extension to Public Health order 2020-03, Safer at Home- Phase 2, until September 30, 2020. The current order was set to...

COVID-19 Stories: Limiting Your Bad News Intake 

COVID-19 Stories: Limiting Your Bad News Intake 

Chances are, if you are trying to stay up to speed on the news, much of what you’re seeing is about COVID-19. While we want you to be informed and aware of health orders because information surrounding the pandemic is constantly evolving, it’s also important to limit...

Bring Out The Bug Spray

Bring Out The Bug Spray

Mosquitoes can transmit illnesses to humans through their bite. West Nile virus (WNV) and other illnesses can be transmitted through mosquitoes. WNV is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the U.S. and is commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected...

Air Quality Health Advisory Extended Due to Wildfire Smoke

Air Quality Health Advisory Extended Due to Wildfire Smoke

This advisory has been extended through Wednesday, August 5 at 9 a.m. Areas of moderate to heavy smoke can be expected Tuesday morning in areas immediately surrounding the Pine Gulch wildfire located about 20 miles north of Grand Junction. By late Tuesday morning,...

Businesses Recognized For Dedication To Safety With Best Practices

Businesses Recognized For Dedication To Safety With Best Practices

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) announced a partnership with the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize businesses taking necessary precautions and following guidelines to ensure customer safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. After a brief pause, MCPH is...

COVID-19 Stories: What To Do If You Find Out You’ve Been Exposed

COVID-19 Stories: What To Do If You Find Out You’ve Been Exposed

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) saw an uptick in demand for COVID-19 tests immediately following the July 4th holiday. Our country’s birthday is an annual time of celebration, and the associated risk of COVID-19 exposure varied, depending on how the event was...

First Recorded Death Due to COVID-19 in a Mesa County Resident

First Recorded Death Due to COVID-19 in a Mesa County Resident

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has confirmed the first death of a Mesa County resident as a result of COVID-19. The female, in her 80s, had underlying medical conditions. Her hospitalization and death were a result of complications related to COVID-19. “We are...

Governor Polis Announces Statewide Mask Order

Governor Polis Announces Statewide Mask Order

Residents in all counties of Colorado regardless of current variances must wear a cloth face covering while indoors. Mesa County's variance under Safer at Home does not exempt us from this statewide order.   Signs to post provided here and here. *This post is a...

COVID-19 Stories: Talking to children about COVID-19

COVID-19 Stories: Talking to children about COVID-19

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to talk with your children about COVID-19 as we live out history. This can feel scary, we know. But if you’re able to think through what you’re going to say in advance, you’ll be able to remain calm, thoughtfully answer their...

Variance Protection Program

Variance Protection Program

Restaurants, Breweries & Wineries: 357 Bar and Grill  357 Reloaded  626 on Rood Seasonal American Cuisine & Wine Bar Agaveros Mexican Experience  Ale House Barons Berna B's Classic Cuisine and Catering Bin 707 Foodbar Bin Burger Bookcliff Country Club Cafe Sol...

COVID-19 Stories: Stop the Spread (of Misinformation)

COVID-19 Stories: Stop the Spread (of Misinformation)

COVID-19 has been called an “infodemic” by the chief of the World Health Organization, because of the large amount of inaccurate or misleading information being spread about the novel coronavirus. There is so much we still don’t know about this virus, causing an...

Residents Urged to Avoid Social Gatherings for July 4 Holiday

Residents Urged to Avoid Social Gatherings for July 4 Holiday

With the upcoming Independence Day holiday, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is asking all residents to continue to take action to protect our community and slow the spread of COVID-19.  The number of COVID-19 cases in Mesa County has remained relatively low but this...

Mesa County Variance Allows Bars to Remain Open

Mesa County Variance Allows Bars to Remain Open

In an announcement Tuesday afternoon Governor Polis stated bars and nightclubs in certain areas would close, a measure being taken due to increasing case counts of COVID-19. Mesa County’s variance allows bars to remain open. “This is a close to home reminder we could...

COVID-19 Stories: The New Pandemic Bicycle Culture

COVID-19 Stories: The New Pandemic Bicycle Culture

If it feels like there have been more bikes out on the roads and trails lately, you’re not imagining things.  Call it a bicycle renaissance or a childhood pastime revisited, but the COVID-19 bike surge is real. During the past three months, people who haven’t been on...

Outdoor Visitation Now Allowed at Residential Care Facilities

Outdoor Visitation Now Allowed at Residential Care Facilities

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released guidance allowing outdoor visitation at residential care facilities. This guidance allows visitors at residential care facilities while minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19. The state...

NO BURN ADVISORY extended through June 17 due to fire safety concerns

NO BURN ADVISORY extended through June 17 due to fire safety concerns

UPDATE: Mesa County Public Health has extended the no burn advisory through June 17 at 8 p.m. due to fire safety concerns. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Mesa County and other areas across the Western Slope. The combination of gusty...

COVID-19 Stories: Navigating the Storm

COVID-19 Stories: Navigating the Storm

How you define your community can vary - your city, your tribe, your church - but one thing is clear: In challenging times, we need each other.  Positive relationships and a strong sense of community are associated with many types of benefits, including better mental...

WATCH: Campaign Encouraging Coloradans to Wear Masks

WATCH: Campaign Encouraging Coloradans to Wear Masks

Our Masks are Our Passport to the Colorado We Love A new campaign encourages Coloradans to wear masks as much as possible when they leave the house, you can watch the public service announcement in the video player above. In a news conference Thursday, Governor Polis...

COVID-19 Stories: Neighbors Respond in a Time of Need

COVID-19 Stories: Neighbors Respond in a Time of Need

COVID-19 has affected the way we think about many things - how we shop for groceries, how often we wash our hands, and how we go about our workday, to name a few. For some Mesa County residents, the coronavirus has also influenced how they think about community, and...

COVID-19 Stories: The Role of Public Health

COVID-19 Stories: The Role of Public Health

“Public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.” (What is Public Health? – CDC Foundation) Public Health's Origins Public...

Children’s Day Camps and Youth Sports Camps Allowed as of June 1

Children’s Day Camps and Youth Sports Camps Allowed as of June 1

The Governor's Office and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidance for childen's day camps and youth sports camps.  Both are allowed to open on Monday, June 1, 2020. Residential overnight camps will be closed in June. Decisions for July...

Mesa County to transition to phase 2 of reopening plan

Mesa County to transition to phase 2 of reopening plan

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to lead the way in reopening and was granted another variance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to continue to reopen businesses with health and safety as a major focus. The Mesa County...

KAFM Radio Special:  In Good Health Discussing COVID-19

KAFM Radio Special: In Good Health Discussing COVID-19

Mesa County Public Health Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr talks about the COVID-19 response in Mesa County and answers frequently asked questions about testing, re-opening, our response and more. *This segment was recorded and originally aired on May 14

COVID-19 Stories:  Protecting our most vulnerable

COVID-19 Stories: Protecting our most vulnerable

While COVID-19 cases remain fairly low, we cannot forget the importance of protecting the most vulnerable populations in Mesa County. As we reflect on the news nationwide, most of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks have been within congregate care facilities - residential...

MCPH to offer antibody testing for COVID-19

MCPH to offer antibody testing for COVID-19

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) will begin offering serological, or antibody, testing for COVID-19. This 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...

Is it COVID-19?  If you’re feeling sick get tested

Is it COVID-19? If you’re feeling sick get tested

MESA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH RAMPS UP COVID-19 TESTING; LOOKS TO COLLECT 1,500 SAMPLES BY THE END OF MAY Mesa County Public Health remains committed to ensuring illness due to COVID-19 remains at manageable levels and does not overwhelm our health care system. As we work...

COVID-19 Stories: Mesa County’s Variance to Safer at Home

COVID-19 Stories: Mesa County’s Variance to Safer at Home

Mesa County was granted a variance from the State of Colorado’s Safer at Home directive late last week, which put us in the driver’s seat to determine next steps to thoughtfully reopen our community and restart our economy. As retail establishments, restaurants, gyms,...

COVID-19 Stories: Contact Tracing

COVID-19 Stories: Contact Tracing

In recent weeks, we’ve all begun to hear the words “contact tracing”-- seemingly everywhere. As epidemiologists, we are constantly studying patterns, whether patterns of infection or patterns of injury, and part of that study involves contact tracing. Contact tracing...

Mesa County Safer at Home Plan

Mesa County Safer at Home Plan

Mesa County Public Health has issued Public Health Order MCPH2020-02 outlining Safer at Home in Mesa County. This is a localized, phased approach as we continue to work to ensure residents of Mesa County are protected from COVID-19. The order is complimentary to State...

COVID-19 Stories:  Going the (Social) Distance

COVID-19 Stories: Going the (Social) Distance

The residents of Mesa County have gone the (social) distance and taken our directive to stay at home, use cloth face coverings, distance ourselves physically from one another, and avoid large gatherings seriously. We had the advantage of time as we watched COVID-19...

COVID-19 Emerging Issues: Additional Symptoms

COVID-19 Emerging Issues: Additional Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has tripled the number of symptoms that could be indicators of coronavirus, including muscle pain, headache, and new loss of taste or smell. The initial three key symptoms were shortness of breath, fever, and a cough. People with...

COVID-19 Public Health Briefing April 20

 Mesa County Public Health provides an update on the COVID-19 response in Mesa County including a request to get Mesa County on the path to re-open some businesses with strict social distancing measures in place. Request to allow Mesa County to begin phasing out of...

COVID-19 Public Health Briefing April 17

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Mesa County remains at 34, with 30 of those cases recovered; defined as having at least 14 days since symptom onset. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) added another point of data to our community impact dashboard showing the...

Mesa County Now Experiencing Community Spread Related to COVID-19

Mesa County Now Experiencing Community Spread Related to COVID-19

Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on March 14, 2020, local public health officials have been monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community and watching for the point at which we are not able to determine how a person contracted the...

MCPH to Give Regular Briefings on COVID-19

MCPH to Give Regular Briefings on COVID-19

In an effort to keep the community informed with timely and accurate information, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) will provide regularly scheduled briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic in Mesa County.  The briefings will occur Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00...

Local Public Land Officials Share Impacts from COVID-19

Local Public Land Officials Share Impacts from COVID-19

More than 70 percent of Mesa County’s 3,300 square miles is public land. There’s plenty of room to recreate while doing your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Today representatives from Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), Colorado National Monument, Bureau of...

ON HOLD: Donations Accepted for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

ON HOLD: Donations Accepted for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This is currently ON HOLD while we work to find a solution for our community to drop these supplies in the safest way possible.  More to come soon! --- In response to our community’s desire to help with COVID-19, Mesa County Public Health is coordinating donations of...

Second Case of COVID-19 in Mesa County

Second Case of COVID-19 in Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has been notified of a second positive case of COVID-19 from the state public health laboratory.  The Mesa County resident that tested positive is a male over the age of 60. This individual is a contact of the first person to test...

Grand Valley Hospitals Implement Additional Safety Restrictions

In coordination with Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm, area hospitals are implementing additional visitor restrictions in response to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution SCL Health St. Mary's Hospital, Community...

First Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 in Mesa County

First Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 in Mesa County

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has received a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 from the state public health laboratory. A presumptive positive test will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but this does not delay public health...

Health.mesacounty.us, Trusted Source of COVID-19 Information

Health.mesacounty.us, Trusted Source of COVID-19 Information

The amount of information and misinformation regarding COVID-19 is creating uncertainty and concern in our community. Mesa County Public Health is encouraging everyone to visit health.mesacounty.us as the trusted source of information for Coronavirus. We are updating...

Spring Burn Season begins March 1

Spring Burn Season begins March 1

Spring Burn Season begins March 1. As our agricultural community prepares to plant, and residents gear up for their gardens for spring; Mesa County Public Health wants to remind our community that if you plan to burn, you need a burn permit. Each Fall and Spring there...

Public Health Emerging Issues – February 7, 2020

Public Health Emerging Issues – February 7, 2020

INFLUENZA INCREASE IN MESA COUNTY MORE OF A THREAT THAN CORONAVIRUS Headlines have dominated about a novel strain of coronavirus spreading globally, and Mesa County Public Health is ready to respond should there be a case here.  While there have been 0 cases of this...

Public Health Emerging Issues – February 3, 2020

Public Health Emerging Issues – February 3, 2020

HOW MESA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH IS RESPONDING TO CONCERNS ABOUT A NEW STRAIN OF CORONAVIRUS  The risk to residents in Mesa County and elsewhere in the United States remains low. However, we know our community is concerned and has questions. We are here to help provide...

Worried about Coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know

Worried about Coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know

Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [alert style="warning"]Number of Confirmed Cases in Mesa County: 0[/alert] While we understand that new viruses like this can be worrisome, we echo the CDC’s statement that the risk to people in the United States is low at...

Test Your Home for Radon During Radon Action Month

Test Your Home for Radon During Radon Action Month

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium, which is present in soil, rocks and sometimes groundwater. January is Radon Action Month, be an informed homeowner by testing your home for radon. Radon exposure can present a...

No Burn Advisory through 1/9 at 5 p.m.

No Burn Advisory through 1/9 at 5 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a NO BURN ADVISORY through 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, due to air quality concerns. This includes Agricultural Open Burning (we are outside of residential Open Burn Season) and wood stoves that aren't the primary source of heat....

No Burn Advisory through 1/8 at 5:00 p.m.

No Burn Advisory through 1/8 at 5:00 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a NO BURN ADVISORY through Wednesday, January 8, at 5:00 p.m. due to air quality concerns. This includes Agricultural Open Burning (we are outside of residential Open Burn Season) and wood stoves that aren't the primary source of...

2019: Most Pressing Public Health Emerging Issues

2019: Most Pressing Public Health Emerging Issues

Here’s a look at the most pressing Public Health Emerging Issues of 2019, in no particular order. Stop the Spread Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) responded to a gastrointestinal illness that impacted a significant portion of our community in 2019, and at a time when...

Influenza Hospitalizations Increase in Mesa County

Influenza Hospitalizations Increase in Mesa County

INFLUENZA HOSPITALIZATIONS INCREASE IN MESA COUNTY, THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET A FLU SHOT Mesa County Public Health’s Flu-View meter has moved, which indicates increased flu activity. Nationally, the past two seasons have been the worst in terms of flu cases and...

Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday

Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday

Since the norovirus-like illness that impacted our community around the Thanksgiving holiday, Mesa County Public Health has been monitoring illness to an even greater degree than usual. As a result of that enhanced monitoring, we have been made aware of increased...

Public Health Emerging Issues – December 18, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – December 18, 2019

THREE CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED WITH MEASLES IN COLORADO Three children tested positive for measles after traveling to a country where there was an outbreak. The children, who were not immunized, are currently hospitalized at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Tri-County...

MCPH Closely Monitoring Flu Activity: You Can Too With Flu-View

MCPH Closely Monitoring Flu Activity: You Can Too With Flu-View

Flu Season is already hitting parts of the country hard, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is closely monitoring activity and you can too with Flu-View. Mesa County Public Health has once again activated our flu-view on health.mesacounty.us.  This gives our community a...

Norovirus or Influenza?

Norovirus or Influenza?

Differences Between Norovirus & Seasonal Influenza Norovirus Infection  (“stomach bug”)  Influenza (“the flu” NOT stomach flu)  What causes it? A virus that affects the stomach and intestines. A virus that affects the respiratory system (lungs). How common is it?...

Phone or Online: Report Public Vomiting Incidents

Phone or Online: Report Public Vomiting Incidents

Public Vomiting Reporting Line As part of our efforts to prevent the spread of further illness, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is working to gather information about those impacted by the gastrointestinal illness, believed to be norovirus, spreading in our...

Print signs for your business

Print signs for your business

Are you looking  for a sign to post at your business asking folks to take extra precautions given the illness circulating in our community? You can click and print the signs below from Mesa County Public Health asking folks to: Wash your hands often with soap and...

Update On Gastrointestinal Illness Impacting Our Community

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) continues to provide community updates on the stomach bug that is spreading through our community. The primary symptoms reported are vomiting, some diarrhea, and some fever. We think that there is a combination of norovirus and...

Community Action Required to Help Stop the Spread

Community Action Required to Help Stop the Spread

We are seeing a stomach bug going around the community.  It's mainly causing vomiting and spread easily from person-to-person.  To help stop the spread, we're asking everyone to: Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub when soap and...

Steps to Prevent the Spread of Illness

Steps to Prevent the Spread of Illness

A highly contagious illness is spreading through our community. Mesa County Public Health is working with District 51 to stop the spread of illness and identify the cause. The main symptom is vomiting, and people are reporting a very short time period between when...

Public Health Recommendations to Prevent the Spread of Illness

Public Health Recommendations to Prevent the Spread of Illness

With a large number of students at Palisade High School (PHS) reporting illness, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) wants to inform our community about how infectious illnesses can spread and ways to protect yourself and your family. Although the illness impacting...

MCPH Clinic has Flu Vaccine

MCPH Clinic has Flu Vaccine

The Mesa County Public Health Clinic has flu vaccine available. If you hear from your physician’s office or a pharmacy that they are out of the flu vaccine, come see us. We want to inform our community that our clinic does still have the flu vaccine, including the...

No Burn Advisory through 10/17 at 7:00 p.m.

No Burn Advisory through 10/17 at 7:00 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory. No open burning is allowed Thursday (10/17) from noon until 7:00 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions. The National Weather Service forecast calls for gusty winds and low relative humidity. These conditions...

No Burn Advisory through 10/13 at 7:00 p.m.

No Burn Advisory through 10/13 at 7:00 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Burn Advisory. No open burning is allowed beginning Friday, October 11 at noon through Sunday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. We anticipate poor smoke dispersal conditions this afternoon and through the weekend. To protect air...

No Burn Advisory through 10/9/19 at 9 p.m.

No Burn Advisory through 10/9/19 at 9 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory. No open burning is allowed Wednesday (10/9) from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions. The National Weather Service forecast calls for gusty winds and low relative humidity. These...

No Burn Advisory through 10/4/19 at 8 p.m.

No Burn Advisory through 10/4/19 at 8 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a no burn advisory.  No open burning is allowed Friday (10/4) from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. due to adverse weather conditions. The National Weather Service forecast calls for wind gusts between 20-30 miles per hour (mph) and...

Public Health Emerging Issues – October 3, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – October 3, 2019

  NOW IS THE TIME TO GET A FLU VACCINE  Three Colorado kids died last year from the flu. Influenza and Pneumonia is the 8th leading cause of death in the Nation.  In Colorado, influenza and pneumonia were responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths between 2014-2018. 101...

Air Watch Alert through 10/1/19 at 7 p.m.

Air Watch Alert through 10/1/19 at 7 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued an Air Watch Alert. No open burning is allowed Tuesday (10/1) from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. due to fire safety concerns. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Mesa County and other areas across the...

Local Data Drives Local Action: Fighting the Bite in Mesa County

Local Data Drives Local Action: Fighting the Bite in Mesa County

As temperatures begin to drop, the Grand River Mosquito Control District (GRMCD) and Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) are wrapping up their seasonal mosquito monitoring. The mosquito season normally runs from April through September. During that time, over 50,000...

Air Watch Alert through 9/20/19 at 9 p.m.

Air Watch Alert through 9/20/19 at 9 p.m.

RED FLAG WARNING No Burning Friday (9/20) from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Mesa County Public Health has issued an Air Watch Alert from Friday (9/20) at 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Due to fire safety concerns, no open burning is allowed.   The National Weather Service has...

Air Watch Alert through 9/14/19 at 4 p.m.

Air Watch Alert through 9/14/19 at 4 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued an Air Watch Alert through Saturday (9/14) at 4:00 p.m. To protect air quality and for the health and safety of all residents, no open burning is allowed.    Ozone levels are forecasted to be in the Moderate category on the Air...

Public Health Emerging Issues – September 6, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – September 6, 2019

CDC SAYS TO STOP USING E-CIGARETTES DURING INVESTIGATION INTO SEVERE LUNG ILLNESS  New numbers released Friday show the number of cases of severe lung illness linked to e-cigarettes, or vaping, has more than doubled. There are now 450 potential cases in 33 states. A...

Open Burn Season begins September 1

Open Burn Season begins September 1

Fall Open Burn Season begins September 1 and goes through October 31. Residents who wish to burn weeds, garden debris or other yard waste as part of their fall cleanup efforts must have a burn permit valid for the current calendar year. Residents can apply for a...

Mesa County sees first human case of West Nile virus

Mesa County sees first human case of West Nile virus

A woman over the age of 55 is recovering after lab tests confirmed she was infected with West Nile virus. This is the first human case of West Nile virus in Mesa County this year. The woman was not hospitalized as a result of the illness. It is believed she was most...

Public Health Emerging Issues – August 21, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – August 21, 2019

SEVERE LUNG ILLNESS POSSIBLY LINKED TO VAPING  More than 120 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping have been reported in 15 states between June 28, 2019, and August 19, 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating...

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes from two trap locations in Mesa County have tested positive for West Nile virus. Both locations were in the Fruita area.   The Grand River Mosquito Control District collected the mosquitoes on August 5th. The types of mosquitoes that tested positive were...

Vaccinations key to a healthy school year

Vaccinations key to a healthy school year

We’re in the waning days of summer, and gearing up for another school year. We want the upcoming school year to be a healthy one. The best way to ensure that is to check your children’s vaccination records and make sure their vaccines are up-to-date.  Colorado law...

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 31, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 31, 2019

SIGNIFICANT SPIKE IN NUMBER OF MOSQUITOES THAT CARRY WEST NILE VIRUS West Nile virus and other illnesses can be transmitted through mosquitoes. Grand River Mosquito Control District (GRMCD) has traps across Western Colorado to monitor mosquito populations. No...

Air Quality Advisory through 07/21/19 at 1 p.m.

Air Quality Advisory through 07/21/19 at 1 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has issued an Air Quality Advisory through Sunday at 1 p.m. Hazy conditions are expected due to smoke from surrounding areas.   “We take a number of factors into account when issuing an Air Quality Advisory.  The dry, windy conditions...

Air Watch Advisory – Agricultural Burn Could Continue Near Fruita

Air Watch Advisory – Agricultural Burn Could Continue Near Fruita

Air Watch Advisory - Agricultural Burn Could Continue Near Fruita Mesa County Public Health has been notified that a prescribed burn may continue today in the Fruita area. This is a prescribed (agricultural) burn which is allowed year round. There is no need to report...

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 1, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 1, 2019

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT EXPANSION The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 restricted indoor smoking in many public places. It was in an effort to protect residents from secondhand smoke.   Increasingly popular nicotine vapor products...

Clean Indoor Air Act Expands to Include Vaping

Clean Indoor Air Act Expands to Include Vaping

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT EXPANSION The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 restricted indoor smoking in many public places. It was in an effort to protect residents from secondhand smoke.   Increasingly popular nicotine vapor products...

Protection is your best bet against bugs this summer

Protection is your best bet against bugs this summer

AS SUMMERTIME TEMPERATURES RISE THE RISK FOR WEST NILE INCREASES Bug bites can be more than an annoying itch. Weather conditions are the number one predictor of mosquito populations. Between 2013-2018 there have been 20 human cases of West Nile in Mesa County.  ...

Food Safety at Festivals

Food Safety at Festivals

Food Safety at Festivals Summer has arrived. The smell of fresh cut grass, a BBQ with friends and, of course, those festivals that we wait all year for!  Attending a festival can be a great time, but don’t spoil your fun by getting sick.  Foodborne illness peaks in...

Public Health Emerging Issues – June 13, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – June 13, 2019

FOOD SAFETY AT FESTIVALS Foodborne illness peaks in the summertime. Bacteria multiply more quickly in warmer temperatures.  Bacteria can double in as little as 20 minutes when food is in the ‘danger zone’ (between 40 and 140 degrees). Never leave food out of a...

Spring Open Burn Season ends May 31

Spring Open Burn Season ends May 31

Residents who obtained a burn permit for the Spring Burn season should be aware the season ends this Friday, May 31, 2019. Residents must use alternative options instead of burning. Take yard waste to the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility at Mesa...

Public Health Emerging Issues – May 24, 2019

RISING WATER BRINGS INCREASED RISK OF FLOODS As the increased amount of snow our state received this winter melts, coupled with a wetter than average spring, Mesa County is at an increased risk for floods. Flash floods can happen in Western Colorado, but floods can...

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on 05/16/19 from Noon to 10 p.m.

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on 05/16/19 from Noon to 10 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, from 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory. Winds are expected to be between 25 to 35...

Don’t Let Measles Be Your Travel Souvenir

Don’t Let Measles Be Your Travel Souvenir

Don’t Let Measles Be Your Travel Souvenir What you need to know about Measles before the summer travel season According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been nearly 840 cases of measles across the U.S. so far in 2019.  Colorado has seen...

Public Health Emerging Issues – May 15, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – May 15, 2019

FACTS TO KNOW AS MEASLES CASES SURGE TO 25 YEAR HIGH Measles is a highly contagious illness. People who are not protected against the disease who come in contact with someone with measles have a nearly 9 in 10 chance of developing measles. Mesa County’s vaccine rates...

Bike to Work and School Day Encourages Active Transportation

Bike to Work and School Day Encourages Active Transportation

The Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May as Grand Valley Bike Month to celebrate bicycling for transportation, fun, and health.  As part of the celebration, everyone is invited to take part in Bike to Work and School Day on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Bike to work day...

New Medication Drop Box Installed at Palisade Pharmacy

New Medication Drop Box Installed at Palisade Pharmacy

A new medication drop box location has been added to Mesa County. Palisade Pharmacy, 707 37 3/10 Rd B, Palisade, CO 81526, is the first location to install a drop box on the eastern end of the Grand Valley. The new site is an outcome of a partnership fostered by the...

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on 04/09/19 from Noon to 10 p.m.

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on 04/09/19 from Noon to 10 p.m.

Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, from 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9. The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory. Winds are expected to be between 25 to 35 mph...

Public Health Emerging Issues – March 26, 2019

Vaccines Work! An unvaccinated six-year-old almost died from Tetanus earlier this year. The child was hospitalized for two months after getting a deep cut while playing on a farm in Oregon. This unfortunate event is a reminder that vaccines work!  Vaccination equals...

MCPH special report highlights tobacco use in Mesa County

MCPH special report highlights tobacco use in Mesa County

  Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has released “Tobacco in Mesa County,” a special report that highlights tobacco use in our community. The report details: traditional tobacco use rates in adults and high school students, the use of electronic vapor products in...

Open Burn Season begins March 1

Open Burn Season begins March 1

Spring Open Burn Season begins on March 1. In an effort to streamline the open burning process, regulations between Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction have been aligned. Mesa County Public Health hopes that clear expectations will dissolve confusion that...

Public Health Emerging Issues – February 11, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – February 11, 2019

MEASLES IMMUNIZATION PROTECTS RESIDENTS AS NATION, WORLD SEE A RESURGENCE OF THE DISEASE Cases of measles are being reported across the United States and throughout the world.Mesa County hasn’t seen a case of measles since reporting began in 2000, but Colorado has had...

Parents invited to teen vaping prevention event

Parents invited to teen vaping prevention event

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) and the Fruita Youth Initiative (FYI) are partnering to offer Teen Vaping Prevention Jan. 31 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Fruita Middle School, 239 N. Maple St. This educational event is for parents interested in learning more about vaping devices, youth vaping in our community and how to talk to your kids about vaping.

Public Health Emerging Issues – January 24, 2019

Public Health Emerging Issues – January 24, 2019

MCPH stresses importance of flu shots for all residents, especially children Influenza has begun to affect young and school age children in Mesa County. Flu season runs through May, so it isn’t too late to get your flu shot. Since September 30, 2018, we’ve seen 30...

Mesa County WIC is open and accepting new clients

Mesa County WIC is open and accepting new clients

The Mesa County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program has received reserve funding that will allow operations to continue as usual through February, amid a partial government shutdown. WIC participants will be notified early of any changes past the end of...

Public Health Emerging Issues – December 26, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – December 26, 2018

VAPING ON-THE-RISE IN MESA COUNTY, COLORADO AND NATION The use of electronic vapor products is increasing throughout the nation, and Colorado and Mesa County are no exception. Electronic vapor products heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of particles in the...

Public Health Emerging Issues – November 29, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – November 29, 2018

STAY UP-TO-DATE ON RECALLS TO AVOID ILLNESS Two major recalls have grabbed the attention of Mesa County residents in the past two months: the Oct. 4 raw beef recall and the Nov. 20 romaine lettuce recall. It’s important to stay up-to-date on food recalls and alerts...

Mesa County resident hospitalized due to influenza

Mesa County resident hospitalized due to influenza

A Mesa County resident has been hospitalized due to influenza after spending time on the Front Range. This is the first flu hospitalization in Mesa County during the 2018-2019 flu season. Residents who haven’t gotten their flu shot should do so as soon as possible,...

Public Health Emerging Issues – November 14, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – November 14, 2018

QUIT TOBACCO AND VAPOR PRODUCTS ON NOVEMBER 15 DURING THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT One third of Mesa County high school students report using an electronic vapor product in the past 30 days and nearly half report ever having used an electronic vapor product. Fewer Mesa...

Public Health Emerging Issues – November 7, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – November 7, 2018

WHOOPING COUGH CASES INCREASE AS SCHOOL YEAR PROGRESSES Fifteen cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been reported since September 1 in Mesa County. A total of 46 cases were reported during the 2017-2018 school year, a large increase over the six...

MCPH launches Blue Ribbon Award recognition program

MCPH launches Blue Ribbon Award recognition program

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is launching a new recognition program, the Blue Ribbon Award, to highlight regulated businesses that work to meet high standards in health, quality and safety for Mesa County residents. The Blue Ribbon Award applies to retail food...

Fall Open Burn Season ends today

Fall Open Burn Season ends today

Fall Open Burn Season ends two hours before dusk on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Residents must use alternative options, instead of burning. Take yard waste to the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50. The facility...

Clean out your medicine cabinet on National Prescription Take Back Day

Clean out your medicine cabinet on National Prescription Take Back Day

  October 27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Mesa County residents are encouraged to get rid of their unwanted or expired medications at one of several locations to keep Mesa County kids and adults from misusing them. Take Back Locations in Mesa...

Public Health Emerging Issues – October 23, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – October 23, 2018

CDC STUDY FINDINGS URGE PREGNANT WOMEN TO GET FLU SHOT A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that pregnant women who get a flu shot reduce their risk of being hospitalized due to flu by 40%. The study included data on more than two...

MCPH releases 2017-2018 flu report

MCPH releases 2017-2018 flu report

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has released “Influenza in Mesa County, 2017-2018,” a report that details flu data and information from last year’s flu season. Click here to view the report. “This report highlights how severe the 2017-2018 flu season was in Mesa...

MCPH offers three flu clinics open to residents

MCPH offers three flu clinics open to residents

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is offering three flu clinics in October to make it easier for residents to get a flu shot. Officials are urging community members to get their flu shot before the end of October. Upcoming flu clinic dates at MCPH, 510 29 ½ Road,...

Public Health Emerging Issues – October 12, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – October 12, 2018

HPV VACCINE AGE RECOMMENDATION CHANGE The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved use of Gardasil 9, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, to include men and women through 45 years of age. The new recommendation does not change what is recommended for people ages...

Rabies identified in Mesa County bat

Rabies identified in Mesa County bat

A bat found in the yard of a Mesa County resident has tested positive for rabies. We know rabies exists in our bat population throughout Colorado and Mesa County, but this is the first bat to test positive for the viral illness in 2018. Since 2014, seven animals have...

Public Health Emerging Issues – Sept. 27, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – Sept. 27, 2018

  SECOND 2018 HUMAN CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IDENTIFIED A second 2018 human case of West Nile virus (WNV) has been identified in Mesa County. The first human case of this season was identified in late August and was the first human case in Mesa County since 2015....

Public Health Emerging Issues – Sept. 17, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – Sept. 17, 2018

PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND COACHES SHOULD BE AWARE OF CONCUSSION SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new clinical recommendations for health care providers treating children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) – more...

Whooping cough (pertussis) continues to surface in Mesa County

Whooping cough (pertussis) continues to surface in Mesa County

A Mesa County child has been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough. This confirmed case follows an outbreak of the illness during the 2017-18 school year when 46 cases were reported – the majority of those were in residents ages 10 to 18. Mesa County...

Fall Open Burn Season begins Sept. 1

Fall Open Burn Season begins Sept. 1

Following the lifting of the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, Fall Open Burn Season will commence as scheduled running from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. Residents who wish to burn weeds, garden debris or other yard waste as part of their fall cleanup efforts must have an open...

First human case of WNV identified in Mesa County resident since 2015

First human case of WNV identified in Mesa County resident since 2015

A Mesa County resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first human case identified in Mesa County since 2015. The case follows an increase in Culex mosquitoes – the type of mosquito that carries WNV – in Mesa County. “We work with the Grand...

Public Health Emerging Issues – August 24, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – August 24, 2018

WELCOMED RAIN CAN BRING UNWANTED MOSQUITO ACTIVITY AHEAD OF WEST NILE VIRUS TREND Rainy weather has helped to clear smoke and to cool the Grand Valley down quite a bit, this week. It has also created potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes in our area. Mosquitoes...

MCPH Air Quality Updates: August 20 – 24

MCPH Air Quality Updates: August 20 – 24

 Smoke from wildfires has been in and out of Mesa County for several weeks. It can be hard to keep up with how smoke, advisories and overall air quality can affect you and your family. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) will update this page daily until we start to...

MCPH issues new wildfire smoke advisory on Aug. 19

MCPH issues new wildfire smoke advisory on Aug. 19

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has issued a new wildfire smoke advisory beginning Sunday, Aug. 19, as smoke has returned to our area. MCPH will notify residents when the advisory is lifted. Remember, if smoke is thick in your area, stay inside – especially if you...

MCPH lifts wildfire smoke advisory on Aug. 17

MCPH lifts wildfire smoke advisory on Aug. 17

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) lifted the wildfire smoke advisory Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m., as smoke has cleared from the area, improving our air quality. Residents should keep in mind that as weather patterns change and wildfires continue to burn throughout the...

Public Health Emerging Issues – August 16, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – August 16, 2018

CONSUMING RAW SHELLFISH COULD MAKE YOU SICK Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) recently investigated a case of vibriosis, infection with the bacteria Vibrio parahemolyticus, in a Mesa County resident who had eaten raw oysters. The most recent case of vibriosis in Mesa...

MCPH issues wildfire smoke advisory beginning Tuesday morning

MCPH issues wildfire smoke advisory beginning Tuesday morning

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) issued a wildfire smoke advisory the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 7 due to smoke from several in-state and out-of-state fires. MCPH will notify residents when the advisory is lifted. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke can be expected and...

Public Health Emerging Issues – Aug. 7, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – Aug. 7, 2018

DENVER EBOLA SCARE IS NOT CAUSE FOR CONCERN FOR MESA COUNTY RESIDENTS A Denver hospital tested a man for Ebola in late July because he had symptoms of the viral disease following a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he worked with sick people....

MCPH lifts wildfire smoke advisory

MCPH lifts wildfire smoke advisory

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) lifted the wildfire smoke advisory at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 3. Although multiple wildfires are still burning in western Colorado, smoke has dispersed in the Grand Valley. Residents should still keep in mind that if smoke becomes...

MCPH extends wildfire smoke advisory until further notice

MCPH extends wildfire smoke advisory until further notice

Although skies may seem less smokey than in the last several days, wildfire smoke is still an issue in Mesa County. Mesa County Public Health has extended the wildfire smoke advisory until further notice. We will inform residents when the advisory is lifted. Remember,...

MCPH expands hours for Back-to-School Immunization Clinics

MCPH expands hours for Back-to-School Immunization Clinics

In an effort to take some of the stress out of back-to-school season, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), 510 29 ½ Road in Grand Junction, is expanding hours for two Back-to-School Immunization Clinics in August. Saturday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 8...

MCPH issues wildfire smoke advisory EXTENDED

MCPH issues wildfire smoke advisory EXTENDED

UPDATE - JULY 31, 8:26 A.M.: Due to continued smoke in the area, MCPH has extended the wildfire smoke advisory until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1.   Mesa County Public Health has issued a wildfire smoke advisory for the evening of Monday, July 30 due to smoke...

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 26, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 26, 2018

MOSQUITOES THAT TRANSMIT WEST NILE VIRUS ON THE RISE IN MESA COUNTY According to Grand River Mosquito Control District traps, mosquito populations are on the rise in Mesa County, which is no surprise as we continue to see temperatures in the triple digits. Warm...

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 11, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – July 11, 2018

LEAVE WILDLIFE WILD TO PREVENT RABIES Twenty-one people in Weld County need to be treated for rabies with expensive vaccinations after contact with a baby raccoon. A woman found the animal on her property and thought she was rescuing it. Unfortunately, the animal...

Public Health Emerging Issues – June 28, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – June 28, 2018

MAKE SURE YOUR ARTIST IS CERTIFIED BEFORE YOU MICROBLADE Recently, microblading has become popular among Mesa County residents. The semi-permanent makeup is used to fill in eyebrows, so that you don’t have to do them every day. Microblading is a process that uses a...

Public invited to June 27 quarterly suicide prevention forum

Public invited to June 27 quarterly suicide prevention forum

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is hosting a forum on suicide prevention in our community on June 27, 2018 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Workforce Center, at 512 29 ½ Road in Grand Junction. This quarterly forum will focus on resources and support groups and...

MCPH issues smoke advisory due to Trail Mountain wildfire

MCPH issues smoke advisory due to Trail Mountain wildfire

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has issued a smoke advisory due to smoke from the Trail Mountain wildfire in central Utah, approximately 145 miles west of Grand Junction. Smoke from this fire is moving into the Grand Valley, causing hazy skies and possibly unhealthy...

New grant award supports Child Care 8,000 Initiative

New grant award supports Child Care 8,000 Initiative

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) was selected as one of six sites throughout the state to receive grant funding as part of the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative. The funds will be used to support the Child Care 8,000 Initiative, which...

Public Health Emerging Issues – May 16, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – May 16, 2018

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT RABIES IN MESA COUNTY Spring and summer mean active animals – both domestic and wild. Make sure you’re taking the right steps to prevent rabies and other diseases spread by animals. Rabies is common in bats, skunks, raccoons, coyotes and...

Kick off Grand Valley Bike Month 2018 with Bike to Work Day on May 2

Kick off Grand Valley Bike Month 2018 with Bike to Work Day on May 2

Grand Valley Bike Month 2018 kicks off with Bike to Work Day on May 2. Mesa County residents are invited to ride their bikes to free breakfasts and to work to mark the beginning of Bike Month. Biking is a great way to get your weekly exercise in and it’s great for our...

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on April 30

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on April 30

Mesa County Public Health has issued an Open Burn Ban for Monday, April 30 due to gusty winds. The ban includes agricultural burns. Wind gusts are expected to reach 25 to 35 mph in many areas of western Colorado and eastern Utah, today. Gusty winds can push smoke from...

Public Health Emerging Issues- April 25, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues- April 25, 2018

DISPOSE OF MEDICATIONS PROPERLY ON NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY   National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28. Mesa County residents can get rid of their unwanted or expired medications safely at two local locations: Walgreens at 240 W. Park...

Air quality guidance from MCPH

Air quality guidance from MCPH

Mesa County has pushed into the moderate air quality category due to wildfire smoke in the Grand Valley. Here's what you need to know about keeping yourself and your family safe when our air quality drops out of the good category. Who is at greatest risk during times...

Public Health Emerging Issues – April 19, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – April 19, 2018

PREVENT HEPATITIS A WITH VACCINE Food handlers aren’t at a greater risk of getting hepatitis A, but they are at a greater risk of spreading the disease than others. Food handlers should consider getting a hepatitis A vaccine as a precaution. Hepatitis A is spread...

Air Watch Alert – Open Burn Ban extended

Air Watch Alert – Open Burn Ban extended

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has extended the April 16 Open Burn Ban until further notice due to another day of high winds. The ban includes agricultural burns. MCPH will notify the public when the Open Burn Ban is lifted. Wind speeds are expected to increase to...

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on April 16

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on April 16

Mesa County Public Health has issued an Open Burn Ban for Monday, April 16 due to a high winds. The ban includes agricultural burns. Wind speeds are expected to increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. High winds can push smoke from an open burn into...

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on April 12

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning on April 12

Mesa County Public Health has issued an Open Burn Ban for Thursday April 12 due to a National Weather Service Wind Advisory. The ban includes agricultural burns. Winds speeds are expected to increase to 25 to 35 mph with gusts ranging from 40 to 50 mph. High winds can...

Public Health Emerging Issues – April 5, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – April 5, 2018

It’s time for Spring Clean Up in Grand Junction and many residents are going to begin opening up their sheds, cabins, barns and other outbuildings. Improper cleaning methods can put you at risk for Hantavirus. Deer mouse urine, droppings and nesting materials can...

Air Watch Alert – Open Burn Ban in effect Monday, April 2

Air Watch Alert – Open Burn Ban in effect Monday, April 2

Mesa County Public Health has issued an Open Burn Ban for Monday, April 2 from noon to 6 p.m. following a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning citing wind gusts up to 40 mph and low humidity. The ban includes agricultural burns. “We’re issuing a ban for the day...

Resident uses forums to bring information to fellow community members

Resident uses forums to bring information to fellow community members

As Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) gears up to host another Suicide Prevention Community Forum on March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road in Grand Junction, one resident finds himself in a pivotal position to help prevent suicide within...

Public Health Emerging Issues – March 19, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – March 19, 2018

AVOID SALMONELLA BY PICKING SAFE PETS Salmonella can be transmitted by rodents, chicks and ducklings. Keep this in mind when selecting pets or gifts for your family. Two cases of Salmonella were traced back to guinea pigs in Colorado in 2017 during a multi-state...

Public Health Emerging Issues – March 6, 2018

Public Health Emerging Issues – March 6, 2018

  MESA COUNTY FLU HOSPITALIZATIONS INCREASE IN CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN FIVE Since Feb. 26, hospitalizations due to flu in children younger than five increased by 26 percent (30% of total hospitalizations.) Children younger than five years usually need medical...

Spring Open Burn Season begins today – purchase permits online

Spring Open Burn Season begins today – purchase permits online

Spring Open Burn Season begins March 1, 2018 and continues through May 31, 2018 for residential properties. Open burn permits are available online at health.mesacounty.us. Open burn seasons are designated times of year in which residents are allowed to burn certain...

Convenient dual-season open burn permits available in 2018

In an effort to streamline the burn permitting process, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is offering the option to purchase a dual-season open burn permit beginning March 1, 2018. Residents can still purchase a single-season permit for $10 or they can purchase the...

MCPH invites residents to suicide prevention forum on Feb. 27

MCPH invites residents to suicide prevention forum on Feb. 27

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is hosting a community forum regarding suicide prevention on Feb. 27 at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All residents are invited to attend to learn about the work that’s been done to prevent...

Flu hospitalizations exceed 2016-17 flu season

Flu hospitalizations exceed 2016-17 flu season

A total of 174 flu hospitalizations have been reported since Oct. 1, 2017. This exceeds the 168 reported hospitalizations during the 2016-17 flu season, which was a notably high year for flu hospitalizations in Mesa County. Residents should get a flu immunization to...

Weekly Flu Update

Weekly Flu Update

Stay up-to-date on flu with Mesa County Public Health. Sign up  on the right to receive this update and other health news or check back for an update each day. Please note, flu hospitalizations numbers are subject to change given new reports regarding cases. It's also...

MCPH offers Saturday flu vaccination clinic on Jan. 27

MCPH offers Saturday flu vaccination clinic on Jan. 27

Flu hospitalizations are increasing across the nation and Mesa County isn’t the exception with 136 total hospitalizations since Oct. 1, 2017. Due to the rise in hospitalizations, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) is offering a flu vaccination clinic Saturday, Jan. 27...

Flu hospitalizations continue to increase in Mesa County

Flu hospitalizations continue to increase in Mesa County

Flu hospitalizations in Mesa County continue to increase with 16 new cases reported in a six-day time period. Hospitalizations increased from 75 cases on Jan. 4, 2018 to 91 cases on Jan. 10, 2018. Total cases range in age from one to 96 years with residents older than...

Flu hospitalizations increase in Mesa County following holiday season

Flu hospitalizations increase in Mesa County following holiday season

Mesa County saw an increase in influenza hospitalizations following the holiday season. Twenty-six hospitalizations were reported during the 84-day period of Oct. 1, 2017 through Dec. 23, 2017. In the eleven day period of Dec. 24, 2017 through Jan. 4, 2018, 49...

HELP US STOP THE SPREAD OF WHOOPING COUGH IN MESA COUNTY

HELP US STOP THE SPREAD OF WHOOPING COUGH IN MESA COUNTY

Five new cases of pertussis have been reported in Mesa County since Dec. 13, 2017, bringing the total case count to 17 since Nov. 1, 2017. Cases range in age from one to 55 years. Median age of cases is 16 years and 94 percent of cases were reported in residents...

Whooping cough cases on the rise in Mesa County

Whooping cough cases on the rise in Mesa County

Mesa County has seen 12 cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in residents since Nov. 1, 2017. Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is easily preventable with vaccination. Be sure your entire family is up-to-date on DTaP and...

Turkey talk – staying food-safe this Thanksgiving

Turkey talk – staying food-safe this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, Nov. 23, and many Mesa County families will be preparing more food than usual, leaving more questions than answers for some. Mesa County Public Health can help your family have a food-safe holiday. Check out some common Q & A about...

Holiday meal tips – wash your hands, not the turkey!

Holiday meal tips – wash your hands, not the turkey!

Cooking a holiday meal can be a joyful yet stressful time. For many, it's the largest meal they’ve cooked all year. With the added distraction of family and guests, mistakes can occur that can lead to foodborne illness or food poisoning. Here are several steps that...

Create your own quit plan to find success

Create your own quit plan to find success

The Great American Smokeout is Nov. 16 and residents who are ready to quit tobacco should put a quit plan together to help them be successful in reaching their goals. Create your plan using dates as markers including: Contact Colorado Quitline or visit...

Fall Open Burn Season ends today

Fall Open Burn Season ends today

Fall Open Burn Season ends two hours before dusk on Tuesday, Oct. 31. In order to avoid fines, residents must use alternative options instead of burning. Take yard waste to the Mesa County Organic Materials composting facility at Mesa County Solid Waste, 3071 U.S....

Public Health Emerging Issues Oct. 30

Public Health Emerging Issues Oct. 30

PREVENT CANCER WITH HPV VACCINE HPV vaccination is the best way to prevent many types of cancer. The HPV vaccine series is recommended for kids who are 11 or 12 years old. The vaccination series can be started at age 9. HPV vaccine is recommended for women through age...

MCPH celebrates 2017 partners in food safety

MCPH celebrates 2017 partners in food safety

Mesa County Public Health welcomed 10 new partners to the Partnership for Food Safety Program during a celebration on Oct. 24. The new partners joined the 20 existing partners who make excellence in food safety a priority. “This program showcases those facilities that...

Unpasteurized cider can put you at risk for foodborne illness

Unpasteurized cider can put you at risk for foodborne illness

The sight of falling leaves and the feel of crisp autumn air brings on the craving for apple cider and pumpkin-flavored food. While enjoying these treats can be tasty; careful consideration on choosing pasteurized cider, can limit outbreaks of foodborne illnesses....

Public Health Emerging Issues Oct. 9

Public Health Emerging Issues Oct. 9

RABIES STILL LOOMING IN MESA COUNTY Two bats have tested positive for rabies within the last three weeks. Rabies is common in bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes. Rabies is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected animal. If you get bitten by an animal, wash...

MCPH urges residents to get a flu immunization as soon as possible

MCPH urges residents to get a flu immunization as soon as possible

Two Mesa County residents have been hospitalized due to flu since August, giving way to an early 2017-18 flu season. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immune response after immunization, so it’s key to get immunized sooner, rather than later. “We...

Public Health Emerging Issues Sept. 27

Public Health Emerging Issues Sept. 27

GET READY FOR FLU SEASON WITH VACCINATION Flu season is just around the corner and last year, Mesa County had 168 hospitalizations due to the virus. Mesa County has already seen a hospitalization due to flu, this flu season. The best way to avoid getting sick is to...

Public Health Emerging Issues Sept. 15

Public Health Emerging Issues Sept. 15

PROTECT AGAINST WEST NILE VIRUS AS SEASON CONTINUES A Mesa County horse tested positive for West Nile virus, serving as a reminder that the virus has been identified in our area and is capable of spreading to people. It may feel like summer is over because school is...

Disasters don’t plan ahead – you can

Disasters don’t plan ahead – you can

Multiple wildfires and tropical storms are happening throughout the nation. These emergencies serve as reminders that disasters don’t plan ahead, but we can. Taking time to prepare for an emergency now can make a big difference in keeping your family safe when...

Air Watch Alert – open burn ban has been lifted

Air Watch Alert – open burn ban has been lifted

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has lifted the Sept. 5 No Open Burning Air Watch Alert. Wildfire smoke from other parts of the country aren’t affecting our air quality at this time. Permitted open burning can resume in Mesa County. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Click here to access...

Send your kids to school with safe lunches

Send your kids to school with safe lunches

Students from all over the Valley started the 2017-18 school year last month.  Many parents pack lunches for their children and don’t want to cut corners when it comes to proper food handling. Here are some safety tips for packing a lunch: Perishable food...

#BeThe1To at the Grand Junction Farmers Market

#BeThe1To at the Grand Junction Farmers Market

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Mesa County residents can show their support at the Grand Junction Farmers Market on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. by pledging to #BeThe1To. Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has been working with School...

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert, including agricultural burns, for Tuesday, Sept. 5. Residents will be notified when the burn restriction is lifted. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,...

Fall Open Burn Season is underway through Oct. 31

Fall Open Burn Season is underway through Oct. 31

Mesa County’s Fall Open Burn Season begins today, Sept. 1. Residents who wish to burn weeds, garden debris or other yard waste as part of their fall cleanup efforts will need to purchase a permit. General Burn Permits cost $10 per permit. Mesa County’s Fall Open...

Rabies identified in Mesa County bat

Rabies identified in Mesa County bat

  A bat found in Mesa County tested positive for the rabies virus last week. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Mesa County since 2014. Protect your pets, your home and your family to prevent rabies. Mesa County resident Dianne Dershem turned...

MCPH releases 2016-2017 Flu Report

MCPH releases 2016-2017 Flu Report

Mesa County Public Health has released the 2016-2017 Flu Report detailing data on flu hospitalizations and the economic impacts flu has in Mesa County. The special report was created using multiple sources of data, taking an all-inclusive look at Mesa County’s latest...

Mosquitoes in Mesa County test positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes in Mesa County test positive for West Nile Virus

Residents urged to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites Grand River Mosquito Control District collected mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first confirmed West Nile activity in mosquitoes in Mesa County this year.  As we enter...

State unveils new early childhood development videos

State unveils new early childhood development videos

The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Early Childhood has partnered with local celebrity presenters Stephen Brackett of the Flobots and radio personality Issa Lopez to release new resources for parents designed to support children’s learning and...

Public Health Emerging Issues July 18, 2017

Public Health Emerging Issues July 18, 2017

DRINK PASTEURIZED MILK TO AVOID INFECTION The sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in Colorado, but people can still purchase a cow share to obtain it. Unpasteurized milk can be dangerous, causing 81 illness outbreaks nationwide from 2007-2012. More than...

Local restaurants partner for food safety

Local restaurants partner for food safety

Applebee’s, Chili’s, Dos Hombres-Clifton and No Coast Sushi are four local restaurants that serve both lunch and dinner, and have chosen to be partners in Mesa County Public Health’s (MCPH) Partnership for Food Safety program. These restaurants go above and beyond in...

Hundreds to commute via bike on Wednesday for Bike to Work Day

Hundreds to commute via bike on Wednesday for Bike to Work Day

Hundreds of new and seasoned Mesa County bike riders are expected to pedal to work for Bike to Work Day, Wednesday June 28. This day is a culmination of a month-long effort to promote cycling for transportation, recreation and health. Employees from Mesa County, the...

Public Health Emerging Issues June 22, 2017

Public Health Emerging Issues June 22, 2017

AVOID HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES AS SUMMER TEMPS RISE Temperatures in Mesa County typically peak in July every year. Protect yourself and your family by preventing heat related illness. Limit outdoor activity, especially mid-day, when it is the hottest. Avoid alcohol or...

MCPH participates in statewide exercise

MCPH participates in statewide exercise

Mesa County Public Health is participating in a statewide Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment exercise this week. Information prefaced with “***EXERCISE – EXERCISE – EXERCISE***” should be considered part of the exercise and should not be acted upon...

June 6, 2017 Public Health Emerging Issues

June 6, 2017 Public Health Emerging Issues

  TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN TENDING TO BACKYARD FLOCKS TO AVOID GETTING SICK The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 372 people have been infected with Salmonella linked to a multi-state outbreak. Eleven cases were among Colorado residents, one...

Mobile food trucks in the Grand Valley partner for food safety

Mobile food trucks are growing in popularity offering innovative food all over Mesa County. Colorado Q and Michael Angelo’s Wood Fired Pizza, two local food trucks, are Partners in Mesa County Public Health’s (MCPH) Partnership for Food Safety program. The food trucks...

Make your voice heard!

Make your voice heard!

Community leaders are asking residents to complete a 10-minute online survey to measure social connectedness in the Grand Valley. Survey responses will show the extent of which people feel socially connected, supported and cared for in Mesa County; all of those are...

Emerging Issues May 24, 2017

Emerging Issues May 24, 2017

  PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF "STOMACH FLU" Multiple Western Slope schools were affected by viral gastroenteritis, more commonly known as the “stomach flu” last week. Preventive measures can limit the spread of this illness, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting,...

Protect your pets, your home and your family against rabies

Protect your pets, your home and your family against rabies

Reported animal bites in Mesa County are up seven percent compared to this time last year, which was a record year with 432 total reported bites. Rabies is typically found in bats in Mesa County during the summer. Take precautions to prevent rabies to protect your...

Cooking shows vs. food safety

Cooking shows vs. food safety

Cooking shows can be a great resource for new recipes, but recent studies show that contestants and or hosts skip proper food safety steps. This means that if you follow some of these programs step by step while you cook, you could be making your meal unsafe for you...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

  Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, for Monday, May 15. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for gusty winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures Monday....

Private well testing – inexpensive insurance

Private well testing – inexpensive insurance

About 1,885 private wells exist in Mesa County, but less than 20 percent of those are tested annually for bacteria. Testing your private well water is an inexpensive way to ensure you and your family are drinking safe, healthy water. Pollution from human activities,...

Couple helps identify rabbit fever in Whitewater

Couple helps identify rabbit fever in Whitewater

A dead rabbit in Whitewater has tested positive for tularemia. A Mesa County couple found the carcass on their property and called Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) after learning about the disease, also known as rabbit fever, in 2016. “We had heard about it on the...

Bike rodeo offers families a morning full of bike fun and safety

Bike rodeo offers families a morning full of bike fun and safety

Mesa County Public Health and Safe Routes to School are hosting a Bike Rodeo on April 22 at Mesa County Public Health, 510 29½ Road in Grand Junction, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Bike Rodeo gives elementary school aged children and their families a chance to learn about...

Quit tobacco during April 20 Mesa County Smokeout

Quit tobacco during April 20 Mesa County Smokeout

Springtime is a great time to try new things and to reach new heights – including quitting tobacco. The second 2017 Mesa County Smokeout quit date is today, giving residents a chance to quit tobacco together, as a community. Spring is a perfect time of year to quit...

Gardening for our local food banks

Gardening for our local food banks

Gardening season is upon us here, in Mesa County. For many of us, that means not only growing pretty flowers, but food and produce as well. If you or your family has grown extra produce that you won’t be able to eat, consider donating it to a local food bank. Food...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING – April 18

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING – April 18

  Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, for the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, April 18. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for low humidity, gusty winds and...

Emerging Issues April 17, 2017

Emerging Issues April 17, 2017

MELANOMA OF THE SKIN (SKIN CANCER) RATES DECLINE IN MESA COUNTY Mesa County’s rate of melanoma of the skin cases reduced by nearly 50 percent throughout the past five years. Our rate, 12.7 cases per 100,000 people, is significantly lower than the rate of Colorado as a...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

  Mesa County Public Health has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, for the afternoon and evening of Thursday, April 13. The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for low humidity, gusty winds and...

Feb. 2 Public Health Emerging Issues

Feb. 2 Public Health Emerging Issues

Mumps cases throughout the state should prompt parents to vaccinate Multiple cases of mumps have been reported throughout Colorado, but Mesa County hasn’t had any reports in 2017. Two cases were reported in Mesa County between 2012 and 2016. Both of those cases...

What is a service animal?

What is a service animal?

Service animals, either a dog or miniature horse, are the only animals allowed in businesses in the state of Colorado. This includes grocery stores, restaurants or anywhere their handlers are allowed. Service animals have been trained to perform tasks or services for...

MCHD releases Reportable Disease Report aimed to educate

MCHD releases Reportable Disease Report aimed to educate

Mesa County Health Department has released the Reportable Disease Report in an effort to inform the community of the most common reportable diseases found in Mesa County. Reportable diseases are those that labs and health care providers are required to report to their...

Public Health Emerging Issues Jan. 12, 2017

Public Health Emerging Issues Jan. 12, 2017

front range measles case could have exposed holiday travelers The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is warning of possible exposure to an individual with measles from Dec. 21 – 29 who was at a wide variety of locations in the Denver-Boulder...

Find local resources to help you quit tobacco

Find local resources to help you quit tobacco

Make a commitment to yourself and to your family to quit tobacco in 2017, no matter how many times you have to start over. Quitting tobacco isn’t an easy task. Sometimes it takes more than one try – in fact, that’s normal. Quitting is a journey and the Tobacco Free...

Mesa County influenza hospitalizations double during holiday weekend

Mesa County influenza hospitalizations double during holiday weekend

Mesa county influenza cases have doubled in the last six days · Since Oct. 2, 2016, Mesa County has had 11 reported influenza hospitalizations, with eight of these reported since Dec. 22, 2016. · Cases ranged in age from six months to 86 years with a median...

Holiday food safety – pasteurization is key

Holiday food safety – pasteurization is key

The holiday season is off and running! For many of us that means warming up with a cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider, but drink cautiously to make sure you’re drinking pasteurized cider to avoid getting sick. Unpasteurized cider can make you and your family ill...

Public Health Emerging Issues Dec. 21

Public Health Emerging Issues Dec. 21

Influenza Since Oct. 2, Mesa County has had three reported influenza hospitalizations. Of these, cases ranged in age from 46-70 years, and all were female.  No deaths due to influenza have been reported so far this season in Mesa County. Data from Primary Care...

Burn restrictions lifted

Burn restrictions lifted

Mesa County Health Department officials have lifted last week’s burning restrictions that were imposed to prevent air pollution from rising to unhealthy levels. The restrictions were originally put into place due to increased concentrations of particulate matter, or...

Air Watch Alert – burning restrictions in effect

Air Watch Alert – burning restrictions in effect

Mesa County Health Department has banned non-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved woodstove burning and any agricultural burning to prevent air pollution from rising to unhealthy levels in Mesa County. Residents will be notified when the restrictions are...

Public Health Emerging Issues Dec. 1, 2016

Public Health Emerging Issues Dec. 1, 2016

mesa county hospitalized influenza case Mesa County saw its first hospitalized influenza case of the 2016-17 season for the week ending Nov. 19, 2016 in an adult female. Data from Primary Care Partners show similar numbers for the percentage of clinic visits...

Quit tobacco in time for Turkey Day during Great American Smokeout

Quit tobacco in time for Turkey Day during Great American Smokeout

Quit tobacco with your community as well as citizens throughout the nation on Nov. 17 during the Great American Smokeout. You’ll have the solidarity of quitting with a large group of people and you’ll quit just in time for Turkey Day. Quitting and staying quit is...

Myth buster – food safety edition

Myth buster – food safety edition

Food safety can be confusing, partially because many myths surround true food safety; it can be difficult to sort fact from fiction.  Let us help bust some of the most common to help keep you and your family safe! Myth: It’s ok to thaw meat on the counter....

Public Health Emerging Issues Update – Hepatitis A Outbreak

Public Health Emerging Issues Update – Hepatitis A Outbreak

A multi-state foodborne hepatitis A investigation is underway. A large amount of imported frozen strawberries and frozen strawberry products believed to be linked to an outbreak have been distributed to a broad range of facilities including workplace cafeterias,...

MCHD hosts another extended hours event for kids vaccinations

MCHD hosts another extended hours event for kids vaccinations

Following the success of our October event, Mesa County Health Department will host another extended hours event Nov. 3 for children who need school vaccine catch up or the flu shot. Walk-ins are welcome from 4 – 7 p.m. that day at the Public Health Clinic, 510 29 ½...

MCHD staff administers 286 flu shots during Adult Flu Clinics

MCHD staff administers 286 flu shots during Adult Flu Clinics

Registered Nurse Stephanie Mothersell gives a flu shot to a Mesa County resident at the Oct. 25 Adult Flu Clinic at the Health Department, 510 29 1/2 Road. Mesa County Health Department nurses administered flu shots to 286 Mesa County residents during their Oct. 17...

Walk to School Day allows for fun, healthy and safe commutes

Walk to School Day allows for fun, healthy and safe commutes

Students and parents make their way across 7th Street during their walk to Tope Elementary School, 2206 N. 7th St. School District 51 students took to the sidewalks, trails and roads to walk, bike  or roll to school this morning for Walk to School Day. Mesa...

Walk to School Day promotes health, safe walking and biking

Walk to School Day promotes health, safe walking and biking

Mesa County residents should be extra cautious during their commutes Wednesday, Oct. 19 because thousands of students will be walking, rolling or biking their way to school for Walk to School Day. Walk to School Day promotes an active lifestyle and finding safe routes...

MCHD extends hours for vaccination opportunity for kids

MCHD extends hours for vaccination opportunity for kids

The Mesa County Health Department will hold extended hours Thursday, Oct. 20 for children who need school vaccine catch up or flu shots. The Public Health Clinic, 510 29 ½ Road, will be open until 7 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome from 3 – 7 p.m. that day. This extended...

Adult flu clinics offer easy immunization access to residents

Adult flu clinics offer easy immunization access to residents

Mesa County Health Department will hold two adult flu immunization clinics in October – Oct. 17 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at 510 29 ½ Road in Room 1060. Flu season typically begins in October and runs through March with a majority of flu illnesses...

Oct. 13 Public Health Update

Oct. 13 Public Health Update

self-examinations & education are key to early breast cancer detection Breast cancer is an issue for both women and men. Although women are more likely to have breast cancer, men are still at risk. Early detection of breast cancer gives those with the disease a...

Halloween health – keep it safe and spooky

Halloween health – keep it safe and spooky

The night for trick-or-treating, spooky costumes and candy is right around the corner. It's a favorite for many, but it's important to keep health and safety in mind. Many families have started shopping for or creating Halloween costumes. Choose light-colored,...

Shopping for approved WIC foods becomes easier

Shopping for approved WIC foods becomes easier

The Mesa County Health Department Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is switching from a paper voucher system to a debit-style card called eWIC, making shopping easier for WIC families. The eWIC card, which will be issued to clients at their next visit, allows...

How to have a food-safe tailgating party

How to have a food-safe tailgating party

Football season is officially in motion! For some of us, that means tailgating parties with friends and family before or after the big game. Are you making sure the food you bring is safe to eat? Always keep in mind the food safety basics: clean, separate, cook and...

Sept. 28 Public Health Update

Sept. 28 Public Health Update

protect our infants by getting immunized ·         Several cases of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, have been reported in infants in Mesa County. ·         The majority...

Sept. 21 Public Health Update

Sept. 21 Public Health Update

Stay ahead of the flu season with immunization Flu season is upon us and the best way to avoid getting sick is to get your flu immunization by the end of October. Mesa County Health Department will host adult flu immunization clinics Oct. 17 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3...

Rabbit Fever confirmed in Mesa County resident

Rabbit Fever confirmed in Mesa County resident

Tularemia has been confirmed in a Mesa County resident – the first human case identified in Mesa County this year. The resident was likely exposed to the disease, often referred to as Rabbit Fever, in the Redlands area. Mesa County Health Department reminds residents...

Prevent T2 Program class series starts in October

Prevent T2 Program class series starts in October

Mesa County Health Department is kicking off a new Prevent T2 class series for residents. Prevent T2 is a program designed to help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Nationwide, 86 million Americans have prediabetes – 90...

Sept. 8 Public Health Update

Sept. 8 Public Health Update

Avoid infection from raw milk ·         The sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in Colorado, but people can still purchase a cow share to obtain it. ·         Raw, or...

Is your food vendor approved?

Is your food vendor approved?

An event served by an unapproved caterer resulted in a Salmonella outbreak in Washington in July.   It’s possible someone selling food on a street corner or out of a vehicle isn’t licensed to sell. To be sure you’re buying from a licensed vendor visit our website...

Clean drinking water takes community effort

Clean drinking water takes community effort

Groundwater contamination can affect the quality and safety of private well drinking water. As a community, we can prevent groundwater contamination and ensure our neighbors have access to safe, clean and healthy drinking water. Pollution from human activities, poorly...

Fall Open Burn season is underway through Oct. 31

Fall Open Burn season is underway through Oct. 31

Mesa County Health Department begins issuing permits for Fall Open Burn season today, Sept. 6. The season was delayed due to a county-wide Stage I fire restriction, which Mesa County Sheriff’s Office officials lifted Sept. 3. Residents need a permit to burn yard...

Combat suicide attempts with community awareness and efforts

Combat suicide attempts with community awareness and efforts

Two hundred and twenty-one Mesa County residents have completed suicide since 2011. As a community, we can reduce that number through outreach, education and support. Mesa County Health Department, along with the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, the...

Don’t wait to communicate – be prepared

Don’t wait to communicate – be prepared

Making time to prepare now can make a big difference in keeping your family safe when disasters, such as wildfires, massive snowstorms, floods or extended power outages, happen here, in Mesa County. Take the time to communicate your emergency plan with your family....

Make time to move it, move it

Make time to move it, move it

Schedules are changing with the season - keeping your family active during the school year can be tough. Kids and teens need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Most of that hour can include moderate activities like walking or yard work. Vigorous,...

Commissioner Pugliese gets an inside look at Nurse-Family Partnership

Commissioner Pugliese gets an inside look at Nurse-Family Partnership

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese (right) made a home visit with MCHD NFP Nurse Amber Mackey (center) last week. She got an inside look at Mackey's role in the lives of Erin Jackson and her daughter Aria Jackson. Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese accompanied...

MCHD special report focuses on marijuana use in Mesa County

MCHD special report focuses on marijuana use in Mesa County

The latest Mesa County Health Department special report, Marijuana in Mesa County, explores marijuana usage in Mesa County. Although the perception among high schoolers is that they won’t get caught using marijuana, Mesa County has a higher rate of juvenile marijuana...

Aug. 16 Public Health Update

Aug. 16 Public Health Update

sAFETY IS A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS. A Mesa County child was hit by a car while walking to school, this week. Drivers and pedestrians alike should take precautions to stay safe, especially during busy times, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2:30...

Aug. 11 Public Health Update

Aug. 11 Public Health Update

Not breastfeeding? reduce your baby’s risk of infection.  Powdered formula is a favorite go-to option for moms who can’t or who choose not to breastfeed, but it increases your baby’s risk of infection due to outside bacteria. Keep your infant healthy with these...

Aug. 4 Public Health Update

Aug. 4 Public Health Update

Immunizations are for college students, too In just a couple of weeks, college campuses across the state will be hustling and bustling with new and returning students. Many of them will share dorm rooms, all of them will find themselves in classrooms, coming in close...

Rabbit from area southwest of Fruita tests positive for tularemia

Rabbit from area southwest of Fruita tests positive for tularemia

Another Mesa County rabbit has tested positive for tularemia from an area southwest of Fruita. This area is a popular recreational space for hikers, bikers and rafters. The bacterial disease is transmitted through direct contact with infected animals, such as rabbits,...

July 22 Public Health Update

July 22 Public Health Update

Mesa county mosquito tests positive for west nile virus ·         A Culex mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Mesa County. ·         Residents should do their part to keep...

July 19 Mesa County Smokeout prompts residents to quit tobacco

July 19 Mesa County Smokeout prompts residents to quit tobacco

In an effort to improve the overall health of Mesa County, the Tobacco Free Team is encouraging residents to quit tobacco, together on July 19 during the third of four 2016 Mesa County Smokeout quit dates. The Smokeouts are in response to the high rate of both adult...

Keep your cool while packing your cooler!

Keep your cool while packing your cooler!

Summer is in full swing. Many Mesa County residents are using this time to partake in their favorite outdoor activities, which often requires a meal or two away from home. Are you doing your part to prevent foodborne illness this summer? Packing the snack cooler for...

July 1 Public Health Update

July 1 Public Health Update

Food safety starts with good handwashing MCHD wants to remind residents about the importance of handwashing. If you don’t use proper handwashing practices, you’re opening the door to multiple illnesses including influenza, foodborne illness caused by E. coli or other...

MCHD celebrates local businesses.

MCHD celebrates local businesses.

On Wednesday, June 29, Mesa County Health Department recognized 20 Mesa County businesses for excellence, welcoming them into the Partnership For Food Safety Program. The program is a proactive approach to food safety that focuses on preventing foodborne illness...

Seriously though, don’t eat the cookie dough

Seriously though, don’t eat the cookie dough

Raw cookie dough is known to be a high-risk treat, but let’s face it, most of us have had a scoop. Eating raw cookie dough poses more than just a Salmonella threat from raw egg consumption; it now runs the risk of housing another bacterium: E. coli. General Mills...

Hundreds take to streets for Bike to Work Day 2016

Hundreds take to streets for Bike to Work Day 2016

About 100 Mesa County employees biked to work and/or a local breakfast Wednesday morning for Bike to Work Day. Many employees rode from the Mesa County Health Department, 510 29 1/2 Road, to Grand Junction City Hall at 250 N. 5th St. for breakfast.  The group...

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22

Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22

Bike to Work Day is a culmination of a month-long effort to promote cycling for transportation, recreation and health. Employees from Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction, the City of Fruita, the Town of Palisade and St. Mary’s Hospital, among others, will commute...

June 7, 2016 Public Health Update

June 7, 2016 Public Health Update

avoid salmonella infection, tend to backyard flocks carefully More than 300 people have been infected with Salmonella in a recent multistate outbreak linked to live poultry in backyard flocks. Three of those cases originated in Colorado. Many Mesa County residents...

June 3, 2016 Public Health Update

June 3, 2016 Public Health Update

New nutrition labels help consumers make healthier choices More than half of Mesa County residents are overweight or obese. Healthy eating habits can contribute to weight loss. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed processed food nutrition labels to...

Maintaining your refrigerator for food safety

Maintaining your refrigerator for food safety

Summer is just around the corner, providing you with a great opportunity to make sure your refrigerator is running like it should be. A few easy steps can help you keep food cooler than 40°F and out of the danger zone. Dust can accumulate quickly on the front of your...

Celebrate Colorado Bike Month this June

Celebrate Colorado Bike Month this June

June is Colorado Bike Month and Mesa County residents have plenty of opportunities to join in the fun, festivities and challenges. Bike Month in Mesa County kicks off on June 1 at 5:30 p.m. with Urban Trails at Grand Junction City Hall, 250 N. 5th St., with a family...

May 18 Public Health Update

May 18 Public Health Update

start your summer mosquito free, prevent west nile virus The Grand Valley has weathered several storms this month and warm weather is fast approaching. Increased precipitation levels, when paired with warm weather, could lead to a rapid increase of mosquito...

May 4 Public Health Update

May 4 Public Health Update

HAVE A HEALTHY SUMMER IN MESA COUNTY New to the area? Your new home may pose different health risks than your previous one. In recent years, Mesa County has seen increased activity in hantavirus, tularemia and plague – all of which can be carried by animals. Awareness...

Show you care about the air

Show you care about the air

Poor air quality is hazardous to the health of an entire community, but people with certain diseases and conditions are at greater risk. Particle pollution is especially dangerous to those with cardiovascular disease, as it contributes to heart attack, stroke, cardiac...

The new MCHD website and you

The new MCHD website and you

Mesa County Health Department launched its new website this month.  The goal in this change was to create a user friendly format so visitors can easily find what they’re looking for. The new layout was inspired by the services MCHD offers and its mission to...

April 28 Public Health Update

April 28 Public Health Update

Immunizations keep our community healthy Immunizations protect you, your family and our community. Mesa County Health Department Public Health Clinic offers adult, child and travel immunizations. Last year, MCHD staff administered nearly 1,000 flu immunizations to...

Quit smoking during April 19 Mesa County Smokeout

Quit smoking during April 19 Mesa County Smokeout

In an effort to improve the overall health of Mesa County, the Be Tobacco Free Team, comprised of representatives from Mesa County Health Department, Primary Care Partners, Hilltop and St. Mary’s Hospital, would like to encourage residents to quit together on April 19...

Mesa County rabbit tests positive for tularemia

Mesa County rabbit tests positive for tularemia

Avoid contact with wild animals to avoid getting sick  A rabbit from the east side of the Redlands has tested positive for tularemia. Residents should be aware tularemia could present in animals anywhere in Mesa County and should avoid contact with wild...

Health Department launches new website design

Officials with the Mesa County Health Department are pleased to announce the launch of a new, user-friendly website design at health.mesacounty.us. The new site offers a simplified menu and an easy-to-navigate layout, so residents can quickly and easily find...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, Tuesday, April 5 from noon to 8 p.m. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, winds gusts could reach up to 50 mph...

Behind the scenes of restaurant inspections

Behind the scenes of restaurant inspections

Andi Goddeyne does communication work for the MCHD Consumer Protection team.She has been shadowing our inspectors to give residents an inside look into what they do. This blog is part of a monthly installment from our Consumer Protection Team. My name is Andi Goddeyne...

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning

Air Watch Alert – No Open Burning

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29. According to the National Weather Service, winds gusts could reach up to 30 mph today and tomorrow,...

Pathways to Nature report released

Pathways to Nature report released

Mesa County Health Department (MCHD), Colorado Mesa University (CMU) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) have released the Pathways to Nature report. The project, funded by GOCO, uses data from surveys, focus groups and community meetings to determine ways to improve...

March 23, 2016 Public Health Update

March 23, 2016 Public Health Update

burn wisely, burn responsibly! Open Burn season is currently in effect for Mesa County. Burn permits are required and specify what, when and how much can be burned. Spring open burn permits allow residents to burn up to 50 8’x8’x8’ piles and/or 10 acres of grass...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22. According to the National Weather Service, winds gusts could reach up to 30 mph today and tomorrow,...

Mesa County Health Department awarded national accreditation

Mesa County Health Department is pleased to announce the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has awarded the agency with national accreditation. The Health Department underwent a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, Monday, March 14. Winds gusts could reach up to 20-30 mph today and may cause blowing dust conditions, increasing pollution levels in Mesa...

March 9 Public Health Update

March 9 Public Health Update

should you be screened for colorectal cancer? Less than 50% of colorectal cancers in Mesa County are diagnosed early. What can you do? SCREEN: Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is key to detecting colorectal cancer early – even if you don’t have symptoms....

Vaccination exemption regulations to change this year

Vaccination exemption regulations to change this year

Beginning July 2016, parents/guardians exempting their children from school-required vaccines for non-medical (religious and personal belief) reasons will need to submit documentation more frequently. The latest Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment...

Spring open burn season begins March 1

Spring open burn season begins March 1

Spring open burn season begins Tuesday, March 1 in Mesa County. Many residents take advantage of the season to burn weeds, garden debris or other yard waste as part of their spring cleanup efforts. To burn yard waste, however, residents need a permit. East Orchard...

Myth-busting foodborne illness

Myth-busting foodborne illness

What is foodborne illness? Many misconceptions surround foodborne illness, and it’s time to bust some myths. Often times, the onset time for foodborne illness is 12-36 hours, which means that the last thing a person ate probably isn’t the culprit. It’s more likely...

Feb. 24 Public Health Update

Feb. 24 Public Health Update

mumps outbreak in denver Denver Public Health is investigating an outbreak of six mumps cases among a group of Denver County residents and health care personnel. The outbreak can serve as a reminder to residents to get vaccinated for the disease. For prevention of...

Mesa County resident hospitalized for influenza

Mesa County resident hospitalized for influenza

A 75-year-old resident has been hospitalized for influenza – the first confirmed hospitalized influenza case in Mesa County of this flu season. Colorado has seen low flu activity this year, compared with last year, but flu season usually peaks between December and...

Feb. 9, 2016 Public Health Update

Feb. 9, 2016 Public Health Update

zika virus update People who have traveled to an area with Zika virus should be aware of new Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment recommendations pertaining to pregnant women, testing for the virus and sexual activity: Pregnant women who report two...

The 411 on Zika virus

The 411 on Zika virus

ZIKA VIRUS The Zika virus has been in the news lately as it spreads through South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, being declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization. The mosquitoes that transmit the virus are not established in...

January 22 Public Health Update

January 22 Public Health Update

Radon awareness About half of the homes in Colorado have radon levels higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended action level. Radon has no color, odor or taste and doesn’t cause short-term symptoms of illness. Radon causes cancer. It’s estimated...

New MCHD program focuses on diabetes prevention

New MCHD program focuses on diabetes prevention

One in three adults is prediabetic. Most don't know it. Joining the Diabetes Prevention Program and improving your health can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. More than half of Mesa County residents are overweight or obese, which is a leading risk factor for...

Quit tobacco during Jan. 19 Mesa County Smokeout

Quit tobacco during Jan. 19 Mesa County Smokeout

An estimated 22 percent of Mesa County adults smoke cigarettes, which may explain why our county has a higher rate of death due to chronic lower respiratory diseases than the rest of the state. In a 2013 survey, about 27 percent of Mesa County high school students...

Keep produce from becoming a threat

Keep produce from becoming a threat

Fresh produce is the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States each year. This doesn’t mean produce isn’t a vital part of a healthy diet, but it is important to know how to handle it to avoid getting sick. Fresh produce can serve as a home for...

Burning restriction for wood stoves lifted

Burning restriction for wood stoves lifted

Air quality has improved in the valley. Effective January 8, the Mesa County Health Department has lifted the ban on burning in non-Environmental Protection Agency approved wood stoves.  Although the restriction has been lifted, health officials encourage you to...

Air Watch Alert- woodstove burning restrictions in effect

Air Watch Alert- woodstove burning restrictions in effect

Effective January 6, the Mesa County Health Department has banned non-Environmental Protection Agency approved woodstove burning due to a health advisory issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Increased concentrations of particulate...

Keep your guests healthy this holiday

Keep your guests healthy this holiday

The holidays are around the corner, which may mean holiday parties are on your calendar. For those of you entertaining, be sure to practice safe food handling to keep your guests healthy. Buffets make it easy to feed guests at a party, but there are risks associated...

Dec. 11 Public Health Update

Dec. 11 Public Health Update

Toy safety The holiday season and gift giving go hand-in-hand. Don’t forget about toy safety when shopping for presents. An estimated 181,500 children were treated in an emergency room for a toy-related injury in 2010. Nearly half of those injured were children four...

Prepare for winter storms, protect your family

Prepare for winter storms, protect your family

Winter weather can be unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. Updating your emergency kit and emergency plan will keep your family safe in the event of a serious winter storm. Low temperatures, icy roads and blizzards can leave families stranded at home without power,...

Dec. 4 Public Health Update

Dec. 4 Public Health Update

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES ON THE RISE Nationwide, reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have increased for the first time since 2006. The rate of chlamydia cases nationwide is up 2.8 percent since 2013. Rates of primary and secondary (P&S)...

Avoid getting sick this Thanksgiving

Avoid getting sick this Thanksgiving

Each year one in six Americans contracts a foodborne illness because of bacteria. Don’t let the holiday season become a breeding ground for food poisoning for your family. Know how to handle food safely and avoid getting sick. Turkey Tips:  Thaw turkey in the...

Reminder: open burn season has ended

Reminder: open burn season has ended

Health Department officials would like to remind the public that Fall Open Burn Season ended Oct. 30. Burning yard waste and other materials is no longer permitted. Continued burning can reduce air quality in Mesa County during inversions and can become a health risk...

Nov. 20 Public Health Update

Nov. 20 Public Health Update

inversions and air quality The cold weather seems to be slowly settling in the Grand Valley, bringing the possibility of temperature inversions with it. Inversions can be problematic when considering pollution, as they prevent the vertical motion of air. Colder air...

Stay home if sick to prevent spread of illness

Stay home if sick to prevent spread of illness

Multiple schools and day care centers throughout Mesa County have reported norovirus-like symptoms this week. Adults and children should stay home if experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms to avoid spreading the virus to others. The virus is highly contagious and can...

Store leftovers properly to avoid getting sick this Thanksgiving

Store leftovers properly to avoid getting sick this Thanksgiving

For many of us, Thanksgiving is the best meal of the year. What’s even better? When that meal lasts the rest of the week because of the enormous amounts of leftovers. Unfortunately, if leftovers aren’t stored properly, they can make families sick. Avoid foodborne...

Health Department offers another adult flu vaccine clinic

Health Department offers another adult flu vaccine clinic

Mesa County Health Department is holding an adult flu vaccination clinic open to the public Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The clinic will be held at 510 29 ½ Road in Room 1060. Flu season typically begins in October and runs through March with a majority of...

Stay healthy during fall activities

Stay healthy during fall activities

Fall has arrived. For many of us, this season means enjoying special holiday activities and treats, like visiting pumpkin patches and petting zoos with a cup of delicious apple cider. Although tasty, unpasteurized cider can lead to illness due to harmful bacteria that...

Community meetings to help gauge need for outdoor youth programs

Community meetings to help gauge need for outdoor youth programs

Mesa County Health Department and Great Outdoors Colorado are holding two community meetings in November to gather opinions on how to improve access to outdoor activities for kids. Residents will have an opportunity to show on a map where youth outdoor programs and...

Needs assessment provides snapshot of community health

Needs assessment provides snapshot of community health

The Mesa County Health Department has released the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This tool provides a current snapshot of the health status of Mesa County and brings attention to the areas of concern to local health organizations and local citizens...

Oct. 23 Public Health Update

Oct. 23 Public Health Update

Wood and pellet stove safety As temperatures drop outside, Mesa County residents begin firing up wood and pellet stoves inside. Take the time to ensure your wood or pellet stove isn’t a major fire hazard for your family’s safety. Have a qualified professional install...

Flu vaccine clinic offers easy vaccination to residents

Flu vaccine clinic offers easy vaccination to residents

Mesa County Health Department is holding an adult flu vaccination clinic open to the public Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The clinic will be held at 510 29 ½ Road in Room 1060. Flu season typically begins in October and runs through March with a majority of...

Oct. 19 Public Health Update

Oct. 19 Public Health Update

body art inspections Tattoos and piercings are as popular as ever. Choosing a reputable and inspected body art or tattoo facility can make an incredible difference in your health. Mesa County Health Department inspects all facilities that administer tattoos and...

MCHD, Marillac clinic celebrate partnership

MCHD, Marillac clinic celebrate partnership

Mesa County Health Department Executive Director Jeff Kuhr and Marillac Clinic Executive Director Kay Ramachandran shared the scissors at the Public Health Clinic ribbon cutting. Mesa County Health Department and Marillac Clinic celebrated their partnership with a...

School District 51 students take advantage of Walk to School Day.

School District 51 students take advantage of Walk to School Day.

About 5,400 School District 51 students walked, biked or rolled to school on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Students, parents, teachers and Mesa County Health Department officials walked from Chipeta Golf Course, 229 29 Road, to Mesa View Elementary School, 2967 B Road to...

Be aware of students walking to school this month

Be aware of students walking to school this month

Shelledy Elementary students and parents walk to improve health on Walk to School Day 2014. Mesa County residents should be aware that about 5,400 students will take to the sidewalks on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 14 in celebration of Walk to School Month. Walking...

October 2 Public Health Update

October 2 Public Health Update

Breast Cancer awareness Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the U.S. In 2012, 224,147 women and 2,125 men in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those, 41,150 women and 405 men died. On average, 104 Mesa County women are diagnosed...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. The National Weather Service, Grand Junction field office issued a Red Flag Warning due to gusty...

Take precautions when small game hunting to avoid getting sick

Take precautions when small game hunting to avoid getting sick

Small game season for several rabbits and hares, fox, pine squirrel and beavers begins October 1. These animals can carry tularemia, a bacterial infection that can be fatal in humans and animals. Although it can affect all mammals, the disease is commonly found in...

How is your heart?

How is your heart?

Today is World Heart Day. How is your heart? Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17.5 million people died from CVD in 2012. An...

Connect with others, reduce risk of suicide

Connect with others, reduce risk of suicide

These chairs represent the community members Mesa County has lost to suicide in the last five years. Photo courtesy Logan McLennan Media Since 2010, 213 Mesa County residents have completed suicide in Mesa County.  As a community, we need to understand warning...

Sept. 11 Public Health Update

Sept. 11 Public Health Update

REFRIGERATOR FOOD SAFETY Each year, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Keeping your refrigerator safe for food can reduce your chances of getting a foodborne illness. Use a thermometer to ensure your food is cold enough. Your...

Make healthy family habits to fight childhood obesity

Make healthy family habits to fight childhood obesity

One in three children in the U.S. is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for health problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Kids need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous active play every day. If 60 minutes sounds like too...

September 4 Public Health Update

September 4 Public Health Update

FALL OPEN BURNING SEASON Fall open burning season is underway through Oct. 31 in Mesa County. Residents need to purchase a permit to burn yard waste. Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade, Clifton and Loma residents should get permits from their local fire departments. All...

Plan for emergencies during National Preparedness Month

Plan for emergencies during National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, making it a great time to assess your emergency plan. Emergency and disaster tend to strike when we least expect them, so it's best to be prepared. Work together with your family or roommates to create a plan that you'll stick...

Open burning season underway through Oct. 31

Open burning season underway through Oct. 31

Fall open burning season begins today and will run through Oct. 31. Many residents take advantage of the season to burn weeds, garden debris or other yard waste as part of their fall cleanup efforts. Residents must have a permit to burn any yard waste. Those who...

Aug. 28 Public Health Update

Aug. 28 Public Health Update

PREVENT HOT CAR RELATED DEATHS School is in session, but summer isn't over just yet. Temperatures are still reaching the low 90s, making it dangerous to leave children and/or animals in vehicles. Car interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within...

Open Burn Ban Lifted

Open Burn Ban Lifted

Mesa County Health Department officials lifted the Open Burning Restriction Wednesday, Aug. 26. The ban was put in place last week due to smoke from wildfires in California and other northwestern states. The Air Quality Index has since returned to a healthy level....

Tularemia infects another Mesa County woman

Tularemia infects another Mesa County woman

Tularemia has been confirmed in a second Mesa County woman this year. She was likely exposed to the infection through a bite from a deer fly or tick while spending time on the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River. Two travelers from out-of-state, one adult...

Open Burning restriction prompted by wildfire smoke

Open Burning restriction prompted by wildfire smoke

The top photo was taken by MCHD Air Quality cameras on July 20 and the bottom photo was taken Aug. 20, showing just how much smoke is affecting the Grand Valley. The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including...

August 17 Public Health Update

August 17 Public Health Update

classroom health ·         School is back in session, so kids are in tight quarters, increasing their chances of getting sick. ·         Talk to your kids about these tips to keep them,...

August 10 Public Health Update

August 10 Public Health Update

college immunizations ·         Colorado Mesa University classes begin Aug. 17. Students born after Jan. 1, 1957 need to show proof of two Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunization shots....

Tularemia Infects Mesa County Woman

Tularemia Infects Mesa County Woman

Tularemia has been confirmed in a Mesa County woman. She was likely exposed through a bite from a deer fly or tick while on public lands near the Colorado River in Mesa County. Mesa County Health Department and The Bureau of Land Management would like to remind...

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

Air Watch Alert – NO OPEN BURNING

The Mesa County Health Department has issued a No Open Burning Air Watch Alert for Mesa County, including agricultural burns, from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. According to the National Weather Service, Grand Junction field office: The Red Flag Warning was...

World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7

World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7

The 23rd annual World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1 – 7, focuses on making breastfeeding work in places of business.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 81 percent of mothers breastfed their babies in 2014, but only 29...

July 30 Public Health Update

July 30 Public Health Update

Pedestrian Safety & Attentive driving ·         D-51 students go back to school on Monday, Aug. 3. Parents should establish safe routes – on sidewalks or paths or through reduced speed zones – to school with children, and...

Hepatitis: understand the risks, save lives

Hepatitis: understand the risks, save lives

More than 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C worldwide. Every year, 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis, which causes inflammation of the liver. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), awareness and understanding of hepatitis can...

July 24 Public Health Update

July 24 Public Health Update

Mesa County Health Department issues a Public Health Update each week to keep residents up-to-date on local health concerns. Be sure to keep up with our blog, so you don't miss an update. dangers of raw milk ·         More than...

Mosquitoes in Mesa County Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes in Mesa County Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Grand River Mosquito Control District collected mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first confirmed West Nile activity in mosquitoes in Mesa County this year and comes two weeks after a Mesa County resident was the first diagnosed...

July 21 Public Health Update

July 21 Public Health Update

Mesa County Health Department issues a Public Health Update each week to keep residents up-to-date on local health concerns. Be sure to keep up with our blog, so you don't miss an update. Salmonella infections linked to backyard flocks...

Practice healthy and safe swimming, this summer

Practice healthy and safe swimming, this summer

Summer is in full swing and many Mesa County residents are taking advantage of warm temperatures. Swimming in pools, rivers and lakes is fun, but it's important to practice good habits and to be attentive to keep your family healthy and safe. Lakes, rivers, oceans,...

Bike to Work Day Business and Commuter Challenge winners announced

Bike to Work Day Business and Commuter Challenge winners announced

Mesa County residents and businesses biked to work and breakfast yesterday. Many participated in the Colorado Bike Month Business and Commuter Challenges through Mesa County Health Department.  Overall, 15 businesses/agencies participated in the competition and...

County employees take to streets for Bike to Work Day 2015

County employees take to streets for Bike to Work Day 2015

Mesa County employees wheeled their way through Grand Junction, this morning, for Bike to Work Day. This year, 143 Mesa County staff members participated in the ride from the Health and Human Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road, to Grand Junction City Hall, 250 N. 5th...

Local businesses partner with Mesa County Health Department

Local businesses partner with Mesa County Health Department

Six local facilities joined the Partnership for Food Safety, June 23. Mesa County Health Department, today, recognized six Mesa County businesses for excellence. Dos Hombres Clifton, No Coast Sushi Grand Junction, No Coast Sushi Fruita, The Commons of Hilltop, Judy's...

Ride with Mesa County employees on Bike to Work Day

Ride with Mesa County employees on Bike to Work Day

Mesa County employees will ride from the Community Services campus, 510 29 1/2 Road, to Grand Junction City Hall, 250 N. 5th St., for breakfast on Bike to Work Day, June 24. The public is welcome to join Mesa County employees, who will be wearing red T-shirts, along...

Avoid foodborne illnesses this summer

Avoid foodborne illnesses this summer

Summertime picnics, barbecues and other parties are fun, but it's important to follow certain storage, sanitation and cooking tips to avoid getting sick. Bacteria can grow on food that isn't kept at the right temperature or that was prepared on unclean surfaces....

Prevent high mosquito populations, reduce risk of West Nile Virus

Prevent high mosquito populations, reduce risk of West Nile Virus

The Grand Valley saw lots of rain in May. Some areas of Grand Junction received 2.52 inches of precipitation, quite an increase over the average of 0.87 inches. Fruita and Palisade had about 3.18 inches and Collbran topped its average of 1.39 inches by more than 2...

Get out and get biking during Colorado Bike Month

Get out and get biking during Colorado Bike Month

June is Colorado Bike month, and the Mesa County Health Department wants you to challenge yourself with the Colorado Bike Month Commuter Challenge and the Business Challenge. Residents who commute to work by bike can log the miles they ride through June 20 to compete...

Become tobacco free on May 31, World No Tobacco Day

Become tobacco free on May 31, World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is May 31, making it a great time to quit using tobacco. Chewing or smoking tobacco increases the risk of multiple cancers including lung, kidney, throat and cervix. Users also see increased risk of heart disease and stroke, respiratory health...

Reduce sun exposure during holiday weekend

Reduce sun exposure during holiday weekend

Serious skin damage can happen in as little as 15 minutes of sun exposure. Knowing how to select, apply and use sunscreen correctly is crucial in preventing Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. When to apply sunscreen: Approximately 30 minutes before being...

Physical activity leads to positive health changes

Physical activity leads to positive health changes

Exercise and physical fitness are vital to creating a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity can help control your weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood and increase your chances of living longer. Maintaining a healthy weight...

National Nurses Week calls for recognition

National Nurses Week calls for recognition

National Nurses Week is May 6 - 12. Mesa County Health Department acknowledges and appreciates the hard work and dedication of local nurses. This year's annual week of recognition focuses on two of nurses' most critical responsibilities: ethical practice and quality...

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6

About 1,000 School District 51 students will be walking and rolling to school on Wednesday, May 6, in conjunction with Bike to School Day. The Safe Routes to School event  is meant to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and...

Test wells and cisterns in late spring or early summer

Test wells and cisterns in late spring or early summer

. May 3 - 10, 2015, is National Drinking Water Week making it a great time for Mesa County Health Department to remind residents with private wells and cisterns to test water supplies. Testing for bacteria is the only reliable way to know if your water is safe....

Safe sleep practices could save your baby’s life

Safe sleep practices could save your baby’s life

Every parent wants to take the best care possible of his or her baby. Moms and dads research everything from the safest carseat to the healthiest and most supplemental foods and formulas. But some parents are unknowingly putting their babies at risk, every night and...

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, making it a great time to promote positive parent-teen communication. Young people are more likely to develop positive, healthy attitudes about themselves when they feel connected with their parents. Teen birth rates continue to...

Celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week April 27 – May 1

Celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week April 27 – May 1

Air quality is an important factor in any community's health and overall well-being. Air Quality Awareness Week, April 27 - May 1, focuses on understanding how air quality affects our health and the importance of making an effort to reduce contributions to air...

Blue Bell Creameries products recalled

Blue Bell Creameries products recalled

All Blue Bell Creameries products have been recalled for listeria. These are some of many food products that get recalled every day in the United States. To stay in the know, check this website daily:...

Open burning is a no-go today (April 14, 2015)

A No Open Burning Air Watch Alert has been issued for Mesa County from 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, by the Mesa County Health Department. According to the National Weather Service, Grand Junction Field office: VERY STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP TODAY AHEAD OF A...

Take precautions this spring to avoid hantavirus

The Mesa County Health Department is warning residents to take precautions to avoid hantavirus as they begin spring cleaning projects and open cabins and other buildings after the winter. Precautions are especially important while cleaning homes, sheds, cabins, barns...

Health educators teach kids the importance of handwashing

Mesa County public health educators this morning visited local child care centers to teach youngsters the importance of good hand washing. The event was part of National Public Health Week. A team of Health Department staff spent the morning at the Little Mavs child...

Health Department receives grant for software

The Mesa County  Health Department has received a $6,500 mini-grant from Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado.  The Health Department will use the grant to help purchase software that will establish benchmarks and allow the community to collectively...

Consider current air quality before burning

When it comes to open burning, certain times are better than others. To protect public health, residents should consider weather conditions before striking a match. In some weather conditions, such as inversion, smoke from fires does not disperse. Because of that,...

Protect yourself from plague, hantavirus, tularemia and rabies

As spring approaches, residents should take precautions to avoid exposure to hantavirus and plague, both rodent-borne illnesses. Care is especially important while cleaning homes, sheds, cabins, barns or other areas where mice or mouse droppings are present. Both...

Open burning season underway through May 31

Spring open burning season is underway in Mesa County. Many residents take advantage of the season to burn weeds, garden debris or other yard waste as part of their spring cleanup efforts. To burn yard waste, however, residents need a permit. Those who live in Grand...

2nd Walking and Biking Summit is March 13 – register now!

Plan to spend Friday, March 13, at the 2nd Walking and Biking Summit. There, you'll hear a keynote presentation from Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, who is also president of the National League of Cities. Local leaders also will be on hand to discuss the health and...

Flu update: 100 hospitalized cases in Mesa County

Influenza-like-illness is on a slow decline in Mesa County, while the number of hospitalized cases so far this flu season is 100. It's not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't yet. Also, take these precautions: Wash your hands often. Sanitize surfaces often. Stay...

Flu update: 97 hospitalized cases in Mesa County

So far this flu season, 97 people have been hospitalized with influenza and one person has died in Mesa County. That tops last year's season total of 72 hospitalizations and no deaths. Many of the hospitalizations have been either the very young or the very old,...

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) recognize January as Cervical Health Awareness Month and urge every woman to make a New Year’s resolution to talk to their healthcare provider about preventing cervical...

Flu update: 74 hospitalized, 1 dead

So far this flu season, 74 people have been hospitalized with influenza and one has died. That's just a small representation of the number of people who have had the flu. To protect yourself, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6...

Flu update: 68 hospitalized, 1 dead

So far this flu season, one adult has died and 68 people have been hospitalized with influenza or influenza complications.That number is a total since flu season began this fall.  The five-year December average for flu hospitalizations in Mesa County is 4. During...

Test your home for radon now

Photo courtesy: orlandparkhomeinspections.com January is Radon Action Month. It's a gentle nudge to buy a Radon Test Kit, hang it up and send it in for analysis. It's simple, affordable and could save your life. What exactly is radon?  Radon is an odorless,...

Flu update: 62 hospitalized cases

Influenza continues to hit Mesa County hard. So far this flu season, 62 people have been hospitalized with influenza or influenza complications. That number is a total of people hospitalized since flu season began this fall. The five-year December average for flu...

Flu update: 47 hospitalized, one death

The number of hospitalized flu cases in Mesa County is up to 47 so far this flu season. One Mesa County adult has died from influenza complications. Follow these tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick: Get a flu shot. Even though this year's...

Flu update: 31 hospitalized, one death

The rise in influenza continues in Mesa County. The total number of hospitalizations due to influenza is now at 31, up from the 26 cases reported on Monday. One Mesa County adult has died from influenza complications. Follow these tips to protect yourself and your...

Flu update: 26 hospitalized, one death in Mesa County

In Mesa County, 26 people have been hospitalized and one adult has died from influenza this flu season.  That total is up from the 18 hospitalizations and no deaths reported on Friday, Dec. 19.  Influenza is a nasty respiratory illness that causes fever,...

Get a flu shot: It does not cause the flu

Sixteen Mesa County residents have been hospitalized so far this season with influenza, a nasty respiratory illness characterized by fever, aches, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose and congestion. To keep yourself and your loved ones healthy, get a flu shot. It...

Prepare your family for an emergency

In an emergency, would your family be ready?  An emergency can be a natural disaster, a terrorist attack or even a water main break or power outage.Have a plan. Create an emergency plan for your family so they know how to communicate in a disaster and so you know...

Avoid foodborne illness this holiday season

Foodborne illness can happen, even to those with the best intentions. This holiday season, don’t let Great Aunt Betty’s stuffing make you or your loved ones sick. Rather, do what you can to ensure the food you prepare is safe from salmonella and other bacteria and...

Mesa County has first hospitalized flu case

A Mesa County resident last week was hospitalized for complications from influenza. Lab results today confirmed the flu virus. It is the first hospitalized influenza case in Mesa County this season. This means it's time to get your flu shot if you haven't yet done so....

Taking care of the turkey: food safety tips for the Thanksgiving bird

Whether this is your first bird or your annual tradition, it's best to be sure you've done all you can to keep your guests healthy when preparing a Thanksgiving turkey.  FOLLOW THESE TIPS FOR A SAFE HOLIDAY TURKEY: Prepare Make room in your refrigerator before...

‘No Burn’ air advisory in effect

The Mesa County Health Department this afternoon issued a RED air quality advisory through Sunday at 3 p.m. for the Western Colorado valleys including the communities of Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose. A RED advisory means a restriction is in place on...

Latest news on Ebola and influenza

Ebola Update As of Nov. 12, 2014, West Africa has recorded 14,098 cases of Ebola and 5,160 deaths, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy reporting on the most recent World Health Organization report. Intense transmission...

You can prevent it: Type 2 Diabetes

You can prevent it: Type 2 Diabetes

Over twenty-nine million Americans have diabetes. Don't be a part of this statistic...reduce your risk.  Here's how:  Monitor your weight: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of diabetes tremendously. Having extra body fat (especially around...

Residents: Check air advisory before burning wood for heat

With late fall's shorter days and cooler temperatures, many residents turn to wood stoves or fireplaces to heat their homes. Depending on weather conditions, though, it's not always safe to burn wood for heat.  That's where an air quality advisory program called...

Enterovirus/rhinovirus peaked in September

To assist in tracking the enterovirus-D68 outbreak, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Communicable Disease branch is working with Colorado local public health agencies and selected Colorado hospitals to collect weekly aggregate data on patients...

Stay healthy by getting a flu shot, washing your hands

The best way to protect yourself from influenza is to get vaccinated. Annual flu shots are necessary to protect against seasonal strains of the flu. Mesa County Health Department has several upcoming flu shot clinics:  Thursday, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,...

Is the water in your hot tub safe?

Despite routine water testing and disinfection, pools and hot-tubs may still contain a bacteria, Psuedomonas aeruginosa, that causes a hot tub rash. This bacteria can live in temperatures up to 106°F and is resistant to chlorine and other disinfectants.  Hot...

Lower your risk for breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to The American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. This is a staggering statistic we cannot ignore. Although breast cancer can be caused by...

No Ebola in Mesa County

Rumors have been circulating through social media regarding a potential Ebola case in Mesa County. This rumor is false. Mesa County Health Department wants to assure everyone there is no Ebola in our region or in the state of Colorado. We encourage the media and the...

Even healthy people can get the flu

Have you ever had influenza? If so, you know how miserable it is. If not, trust us; you don't want to get it. Flu season unfortunately is here, and that means it's time to protect yourself by getting a flu shot.  Getting an annual influenza vaccination is the...

Walk or ride to school Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Do your kids walk to school? If not, consider having them try it on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, during International Walk to School Day. The event is part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. Worldwide, communities in more than 40 countries...

Hunters, beware of tularemia risk!

Hunters, beware of tularemia risk!

Small game animals can be infected with tularemia, a bacterial disease that causes illness and death in rabbits and rodents. People can get tularemia if they handle infected animals or are bitten by ticks or deer flies. So far in 2014, Colorado has had 22 animals test...

Health Officials prepare for Ebola

Health Officials prepare for Ebola

Mesa County Health Department is in close contact with local hospitals to assure monitoring and reporting is in place to assess the risk for patients arriving with Ebola symptoms and relevant travel history. Area hospitals have plans in place to appropriately respond...

Planning to burn your yard waste? Get a permit first.

It's October, and those leaves might be piling up in your yard. Before you burn your yard waste, though, make sure you have a permit. Also, do it before Oct. 31. Fall open burn season is Sept. 1-Oct. 31. During the spring and fall of each year, the Mesa County...

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

A staggering statistic: More than 23 million young people ages 2-19 in the United States are overweight or obese. This means our children are in danger of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure as children. Those are diseases traditionally...

Eat more fruits and veggies

Did you know current recommendations are to fill half our plates with fruits and vegetables? Half. At every meal. At every snack. Many of us don't come close to that. But for our health and that of our children, experts say it's past time to start aiming for that...

September 10th is National Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is National Suicide Prevention Day

The national theme for this year's suicide prevention efforts is Connectedness. According to the CDC, strong, positive relationships with others can be protective and prevent against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Connectedness between individuals can lead...

Prepare your family for an emergency

In an emergency, would your family be ready?  September is National Preparedness Month. What better time to make a plan, just in case? Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month's goal is to educate and empower U.S. citizens to prepare for and respond to all...

Don’t take one for the team when it comes to food and tailgating

We totally get it: Pre-game festivities can be just as fun as the game itself. But don’t let the food and excitement before the game cause you to fumble. Food that will be transported and eaten outside needs special care to help avoid food-borne illness. Follow these...

Fall open burning season begins today

Fall open burning season is Sept. 1 - Oct. 31. During the spring and fall of each year, the Mesa County Residential Open Burning Control Regulation provides for the legal open burning of dry weeds, garden waste and tree, shrub or brush trimmings less than 1 inch in...

Set your kids up for homework success

School is back and that means ... homework. Yes, everyone's favorite! Set your kids up for success, parents, by following a few suggestions: Make yourself available and help decipher directions, but do not do the work for them. Let your kids make mistakes. Establish a...

Adults need vaccines, too!

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunization is especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have a chronic condition such...

Nurse-Family Partnership reunion today (Aug. 20, 2014)

Are you a former Nurse-Family Partnership client? If so, you're invited to a reunion picnic today, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Columbine Park, 540 28 1/4 Road. Current clients are also encouraged to attend, as are members of the media. The picnic will provide...

Second rabbit on Redlands tests positive for tularemia

A second rabbit has tested positive for tularemia in Mesa County. Tularemia is a bacterial disease that can affect humans and animals. Rabbits, hares and rodents are especially susceptible. Humans become infected through contact with infected animals, tick or deer fly...

Get moving, kids. Your health depends on it.

For kids, exercise often takes a different form than it does for adults. Kids don't go to the gym. They play. They go to football practice, gymnastics or dance class. They have recess at school and P.E. Exercise is not the big word with a capital E for many young...

College-age kids need vaccines, too

Vaccines are not just for children. Immunizations are needed throughout your adult life to help you stay healthy. That’s because immunity from childhood diseases may wear off over time, and you may also be at risk for other vaccine-preventable diseases. Getting ready...

Kids need healthy breakfast and lunch to perform in school

Good nutrition habits will not only set children up for success in school but also later in life. It's difficult to do your best without the proper fuel! Children should eat a healthy breakfast every day before school and also make healthy choices for lunch during the...

Back-to-school: Vaccinate your children at every age!

Back to school is the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. When children are not vaccinated, they are at...

Rabbit tests positive for tularemia

A rabbit has tested positive for tularemia in Mesa County. Tularemia is a bacterial disease that can affect humans and animals. Rabbits, hares and rodents are especially susceptible. Humans become infected through contact with infected animals, tick or deer fly bites,...

Vaccinate your baby

Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious diseases before they turn 2 years old. Every dose of vaccine is important to protect against infectious diseases like the flu, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) that can be...

Why breast really is best (World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1-7!)

We've all heard the saying, "Breast is best." But is it? Turns out, yeah. So good, in fact, that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby's life. Here are some benefits to baby:  Breastfed babies get...

First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Mesa County

The Mesa County Health Department today is reporting the first lab-confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in a resident of Mesa County this year. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause fever, headache, body aches, fatigue and, in severe cases,...

World Hepatitis Day is July 28

Worldwide, 500 million people are living with chronic viral hepatitis, which is inflammation of the liver. The disease each year kills 1.5 million people. That's as many people as HIV/AIDS. As the world's 8th largest killer, viral hepatitis is surprisingly largely...

Hantavirus confirmed in Mesa County resident

The Mesa County Health Department today confirmed a child who lives in Mesa County is being treated for hantavirus. The boy was transported to Denver over the weekend and continues to receive care there. Hantavirus is a rodent-borne illness carried primarily by deer...