GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – As the Coronavirus Pandemic causes concern for communities on the Western Slope, KREX 5 spoke with Mesa County officials to get a better understanding of the systems we already have in place.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has taken the lead in terms of statewide decisions regarding COVID-19.
Coordinating directly with CDPHE is the Mesa County Public Health Department.
On March 10th the Mesa County Emergency Operations Plan activated, effectively opening up the Emergency Operation Center.
This group is comprised of local agencies, including the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and is working to support the efforts of MCPH in regards to COVID-19.
The health department identified a need to provide information to people and to provide screening for testing.
As a result, the Emergency Operation Center set up a hotline for the health department, assembled a team of volunteers, and provided phones.
Since the hotline was activated the team has fielded almost 1,000 calls from community members.
The health Department also held a news conference Wednesday morning, the full stream can be found on Mesa County Public Health’s Facebook page.
If you have any questions, concerns or if you’d like to be screened for testing you can call the MCPH hotline at (970) 683-2300.