March 29, 2020

Current Status

Mesa County Testing Status

Positive*

12

Negative

248**

Pending

41**

** Corrected to only include Mesa County

Source of Exposure for

Mesa County Cases

Travel related

5  

Known contact

5  

Unknown

2

Gender

Mesa County

Colorado

Male

9 (75%)

1201 (52%)

Female

3 (25%)

1,094 (47%)

Unknown

0 (0%)

12 (1%)

Case Counts By Age Group

Age Range

Mesa County

Colorado

0-9

0 (0%)

23 (1%)

10-19

0 (0%)

49 (2%)

20-29

0 (0%)

343 (15%)

30-39

1 (9%)

390 (17%)

40-49

1 (9%)

356 (15%)

50-59

4 (33%)

407 (18%)

60-69

5 (41%)

332 (14%)

70-79

1 (9%)

245 (11%)

80+

0 (0%)

152 (7%)

Unknown

0 (0%)

10 (0%)

*Cases include people who had a positive lab test and people who public health officials have determined were likely to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms and their close contact with someone who tested positive.

High-Risk populations: 65 years and older, underlying medical conditions.


Colorado Case Summary (as of 03.28.20)  

Colorado positive cases: 2,307 (46 counties)

Colorado hospitalized: 326

Colorado people tested: 14,470

Colorado deaths: 47


Public Health priorities


March 28, 2020

Current Status

Mesa County Testing Status

Positive*

11

Negative

233**

Pending

64**

** Corrected to only include Mesa County

                                

Source of Exposure for

Mesa County Cases

Travel related

5  

Known contact

5  

Unknown

1  

Gender

Mesa County

Colorado

Male

8 (73%)

974 (47%)

Female

3 (27%)

1,077 (52%)

Unknown

0 (0%)

12 (1%)

Case Counts By Age Group

Age Range

Mesa County

Colorado

0-9

0 (0%)

22 (1%)

10-19

0 (0%)

48 (2%)

20-29

0 (0%)

308 (15%)

30-39

1 (9%)

351 (17%)

40-49

1 (9%)

323 (16%)

50-59

3 (27%)

352 (17%)

60-69

5 (45%)

293 (14%)

70-79

1 (9%)

220 (11%)

80+

0 (0%)

135 (7%)

Unknown

0 (0%)

9 (0%)

*Cases include people who had a positive lab test and people who public health officials have determined were likely to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms and their close contact with someone who tested positive.

High-Risk populations: 65 years and older, underlying medical conditions.


Colorado Case Summary (as of 03.27.20)  

Colorado positive cases: 2,061 (44 counties)

Colorado hospitalized: 274

Colorado people tested: 13,276

Colorado deaths: 44


Public Health priorities


Health Advisory: 

Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Recommendations for the public:

  1. At this time, there are no available pharmaceutical products that are FDA-approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
  2. Do not ingest aquarium-use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.
  3. Medications like chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate should be taken only when prescribed by and under the supervision of your healthcare provider and always according to the instructions provided.
  4. Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any unexpected symptoms after taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine by contacting your healthcare provider or your poison center (1- 800-222-1222).

March 27, 2020

Current Status


Public Health priorities


*NEW* Gov. Polis provided an update on State Response to COVID-19. Click here for the slides presented today.

March 26, 2020

Current Status


Public Health priorities


Triage, Screening, and Sample Collection

Mesa County Public Health has secured supplies through a federal agency to test an additional 1,500 residents in Mesa County. Priority groups include first responders, health care workers, and residents 65 years and older who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. In order to have a sample collected for testing you must be pre-screened, and have an appointment. Call the Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 Hotline (970) 683-2300 or your primary care provider for a screening. El Paso and Larimer Counties each received 1,500 test kits as well.


Essential Worker Employment Letter

Yesterday, Governor Polis imposed a mandatory stay at home order with the exception of certain essential services. We received notification of people being pulled over by Colorado State Patrol requiring additional verification beyond an employment ID badge. We created an Essential Worker Employment template to be used by local employers.


Daily COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the stay at home order do?

It asks Colorado residents to remain at home and only leave to engage in essential work and in activities critical to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members. Colorado has taken a wide array of actions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, prevent further spread, and protect against overwhelming our health care resources .

The economic impacts of COVID-19 are significant, and threaten to undermine the economic stability of

many Coloradans and local businesses. The period of the economic disruption must be minimized by

slowing down the spread of the virus. We must take action to shore up economic security, employment, community cohesion, and community recovery.

March 25, 2020

Current Status


Public Health priorities


*UPDATE*

CDPHE Stay at home Executive Order and Frequently Asked Questions.


Public Health Recommendations

*NEW* Recommendations for grocery stores and gas stations

*NEW* Guidance to counties, municipalities, law enforcement agencies, and detention agencies

Guidance at-a-glance is an excellent resource to help you navigate the COVID-19 guidance we have available at  health.mesacounty.us/covid19. Documents are updated constantly, so check back often!


Communication and Education

KKCO special: Coronavirus, understanding the facts


March 24, 2020

Current Status


Public Health priorities


Public Health Guidance

*UPDATED* Homecare Recommendations for Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Added homecare guidance for caretakers and housemates of suspected/confirmed COVID-19 cases.

*UPDATED* Restaurants, Bars, Gyms and other Non-Essential Personal Service Facilities 

Guidance at-a-glance is an excellent resource to help you navigate the COVID-19 guidance we have available at  health.mesacounty.us/covid19. Documents are updated constantly, so check back often!


Resources, Support, and Education

Mesa County Public Health is accepting donations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): In response to our community’s desire to help with COVID-19, Mesa County Public Health is coordinating donations of new, unused personal protective equipment (PPE). Donations will help our community’s response and will go to local facilities in need. For details click here.

Don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them on! Visit the FEMA Fact Checker and our dedicated COVID-19 page for reliable local information. #DoYourPartCO


Daily COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is Mesa County not testing more people?

As a county, we are doing a targeted approach to testing to effectively utilize limited sampling supplies. Our current target population is front line workers and those with the highest risks for severe outcomes (60 years and older).  Timely results for the priority groups ensure prompt action to protect vulnerable populations and minimize spread in high traffic industries like medical offices.

As an important reminder, testing does not equal treatment; currently, there is no treatment for Coronavirus. Recommendations for people who test positive and have mild symptoms are the same as those WITHOUT a test but with compatible symptoms of Coronavirus: self-isolate for seven days from when the symptoms started AND stay home for 72 hours after the symptoms have stopped.  

Why are our test results not reflective of the whole community?

Mesa County Public Health, local hospitals, and some primary care providers are currently collecting samples for testing in Mesa County. Samples are sent to either the State lab or a referral lab; however, results are only shared with the requesting facility. We are currently working on a centralized system to track test results and provide a more comprehensive picture of testing in our community. We will be able to start reporting daily community-wide results later this week.

FAQ Guidance for the 50% In-person Workforce Reduction Order


March 23, 2020

Current Status


Public Health priorities


*NEW* Governor Executive Order

Orders Colorado employers to reduce in-person workforce by fifty percent.


Resources and Support

*NEW* Child Care: The hotline (970) 683-2300 has dedicated resources to answer questions about child care needs in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.

*NEW* Hunger Relief: Colorado funders have come together to create a Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund (Fund) in response to urgent food access and nutritional needs that are emerging in our communities as a result of COVID-19.


Statewide Actions

Denver issues stay-at-home order: Begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and will run through April 10. The order excludes essential work and services. Violators will be charged a $999 civil penalty per violation.


Daily COVID-19 FAQ: Can the virus be spread through food?

Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.


March 22, 2020

Current Status


Public Health priority


*NEW* Governor Announcement

During today’s press conference, Governor Polis announced an order that requires non-critical workplaces in Colorado to reduce their in-person workforce by 50% due to the presence of COVID-19 in our state. Official Executive order pending.


News Release

Two additional Mesa County residents test positive for COVID-19 bringing total local case count to four.


March 21, 2020

Current Status

*MCPH results received as of 3.21.20


Alcohol sales and delivery

*NEW* Colorado liquor enforcement division notice: Executive Order D 2020 011 Temporary

suspension of enforcement on on-premise retailed licensees and breweries to sell, deliver or

provide alcohol for takeout

*NEW*Ordering the temporary suspension of certain regulatory statutes due to the presence of COVID-19


Public Health Recommendations

*NEW* Quarantine, Isolation, and Social Distancing


News Release

Hospital visitor restrictions: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, at 12:00 pm, local hospitals are implementing additional visitor restrictions in response to COVID-19.

Second COVID-19 case in Mesa County: 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 positive for COVID-19 in Mesa County.


March 20, 2020

Current Status

*Results received as of 3.20.20


*NEW* Governor Announcement

During today’s press conference, Governor Polis made a statement allowing take-out and delivery sales of sealed alcohol from restaurants and bars; details on implementation are pending. He also announced an emergency economic advisory council to guide Colorado’s post-Coronavirus recovery.


Public Health Recommendations

*NEW* Behavioral Health Providers

*NEW* Recommendations for Conserving Cleaning Products

*NEW* Dental Offices

*NEW* Homecare Recommendations for Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

*NEW* Medical Settings

*NEW* Speciality Clinics

*UPDATED* School and Child Cares: Suspension of in-person learning in public and private schools (Pre-K through grade 12).


*NEW* Communication and Education

Colorado Mesa University Civic Forum: President Foster hosted Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr, for a chat on COVID-19.

Stouts with Stout: Special guest Mesa County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Kuhr, answering your questions about COVID-19, crisis management, and health in Mesa County!


March 19, 2020

Current Status


Public Health Recommendations

*UPDATED* Restaurants, Bars, Gyms and other Non-Essential Personal Service Facilities Added non-essential business closures.

*UPDATED* Mass Gatherings Limit to 10 people for non-essential services. DOES NOT include child cares.


Communication and Education

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions added to our website and will be updated regularly.


MARCH 18, 2020

Current Status


Incident Command


Communication and Education

*NEW* Latest information on Risk, Signs, and Symptoms.

*NEW* COVID-19 Briefing: Pre-recorded presentation regarding COVID-19, basic recommendations, sample collection procedure. This presentation will be updated as information becomes available.  (Last Updated 03.17.20).

*NEW* MCPH and Hospital Coordination Press Conference (03.18.20).


Public Health Recommendations

*NEW* Homeless Assistance Providers

*NEW* Older Adults

*NEW* Retail Food Establishments

*UPDATED* School and Child Cares: Added decision tree based on community spread of illness and social distancing actions.

Long-Term Care facilities

Business Continuity of Operations


Community Mitigation Recommendations

Travel: Cancel or postpone non-essential travel. The recommendation includes prevention tips if travel must occur.

Mass gatherings: Cancel or postpone non-essential mass gatherings over 50 participants. The recommendation includes social distancing tips for gatherings.


Triage, Screening, Sample Collection


Medical Surge

Supplies:

Volunteers:


Support and Resources

*NEW* MCPH created a link on our website to centralize economic support and resources to assist with child care support and economic relief in case of loss wages.

Child Care:


For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit health.mesacounty.us.

Email us at healthinfo@mesacounty.us or call 970-683-2300.