2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Last updated 03/26/2020
The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, these recommendations are subject to change at any time.
For up to date information on COVID-19 visit health.mesacounty.us
Latest Update March 26, 2020
Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6 a.m., Colorado is officially under a stay at home order. Information and guidance will be updated as information is available. For the full order click here.
March 24, 2020
Mesa County Public Health is recommending postponing or canceling non-essential travel.
Everyone should seriously consider canceling non-essential travel, especially if:
- You are sick, or a close contact of yours is sick
- You are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (older adults and people with chronic medical conditions)
- You are visiting an area with a high risk of exposure to COVID-19. Follow CDC recommendations on travel to areas where there is widespread transmission of COVID-19.
- Internationally: Currently, many countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East have Level 3 travel advisories, which warns against non-essential travel.
- Within the U.S.: See the CDC’s webpage on traveling within the United States here.
- Within Colorado: Some communities in Colorado are experiencing community transmission and outbreaks. Check CDPHE’s COVID-19 data page to find out what is happening in Colorado. Additionally, starting March 15th, 2020, CDPHE strongly advised all visitors and residents of Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties to minimize social contact.
COVID-19 cases and outbreaks are occurring in many states and countries around the world, including in Colorado. Community spread is likely to occur in most places of the U.S.
- Community spread (or transmission) means there are cases and outbreaks in communities where people are spreading the virus to other people. People may not know how they got the virus.
- Traveling to places where there is community transmission means you might be exposed to COVID-19 or get sick with COVID-19 while you are away from home. If one of those things happens:
- You may have to quarantine (if not sick) for 14 days in the place you traveled to.
- You may have to isolate (if sick) for 7 days or longer in the place you traveled to.
- You may have to do one of these things when you return home.
- Traveling to other places means you may spread the disease to others before you know you have it.
If you are traveling, practice simple prevention measures that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 (and other germs).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (if unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol).
- Carry wet wipes and clean frequently touched surfaces (armrests, handles, doorknobs, etc.)
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
Masks are not recommended for people who are currently healthy (not experiencing symptoms) to prevent the spread of germs. Masks are only recommended for people experiencing symptoms and for healthcare workers.
Upon returning from any travel, it is important to watch for the development of any respiratory symptoms (such as a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing). If you develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider first. Do not go to the facility in-person or the emergency department unless directed by phone or if it’s a medical emergency.
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