Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Statement from the Desk of Commissioner Scott McInnis, Board Chairman, and Administrator Pete Baier

Our departments will continue to provide essential services to our residents, but it is critical to limit public access to our facilities at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and urge the public to follow the guidance of Mesa County Public Health.

The Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 Response Team, along with local, state, and national public health agencies, continue to lead efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 to protect vulnerable populations and mitigate impacts on health and medical systems.

Internal to Mesa County government, we have opened the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to provide support and coordination for the emergency response. The EOC is operating a public health screening hotline, (970) 683-2300, that is operating from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We are also employing a Joint Information Center (JIC) to aid public health information needs. To date, assistance has been provided by the Grand Junction Fire Department, Grand Junction Regional Airport, Grand Valley Power, Grand Junction Police Department, Community Hospital, School District 51, Colorado Mesa University, Mesa County Department of Human Services, Ute Water, and the Mesa County Radio Amateur Communications Emergency Service.

The EOC stands ready to add capacity and capability to meet the needs of this emergency response. We are working to ensure adequate resources are available to meet the demands of this rapidly evolving pandemic.

It is important for us to acknowledge that we, Mesa County, will get through this together.

Our county leadership and emergency preparedness folks train their entire careers on best practices for the health and safety of our residents. We have confidence in their abilities to handle this crisis as they work tirelessly to implement best practices.

Regarding County services, residents should know that all County departments are operating. However, many of our teams are working from home offices or the field. Our priority is to slow the transmission of COVID-19; we all must do our part by practicing common-sense transmission precautions.

Essential services from first-responders will continue, and many departments will continue to operate with modified services to reduce in-person contact.

Visit our County website for information on modified department hours and services. Your patience and understanding are appreciated. Social distancing efforts by all our Mesa County residents during this time of crisis is vital.

On behalf of all Mesa County employees, elected officials, and department heads, please know we care, we are working hard, and we are here for our community.

Our community is caring, strong, and resourceful. We will get through these difficult times.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/.

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