Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) has been notified of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 from the state public health laboratory. This brings the total number of cases in Mesa County to four.
The latest positive results are from the following demographic groups:
- Male over the age of 40
- Male over the age of 60
These new cases are not related to one another, nor are they related to the previous two cases in Mesa County. Each of these individuals remain isolated at home and were advised to do so upon sample collection for COVID-19 testing. Mesa County Public Health is in contact with these individuals to identify and follow-up with any close contacts.
Statewide social distancing public health orders are in effect and they are vital to helping contain the spread of this virus in Mesa County and across Colorado. Any resident who believes they have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient should self-isolate to prevent the spread of illness.
In an address earlier this evening, Governor Polis urged Coloradans to stay home to the greatest extent possible. Mesa County Public Health Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, reinforces that action adding, “Public health intervention takes everyone following guidelines and doing their part. We know this virus is in our community, we can take action to prevent our case counts from continuing to double on a daily basis.”
What to do if you have symptoms
The symptoms of this novel coronavirus are fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms you should self-isolate at home. Call your healthcare provider if your symptoms worsen.
COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure.
The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, when immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.