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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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