GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- On Sunday about 600 people gathered peacefully in Grand Junction for a march and conversation over the death of George Floyd. This echoed larger gatherings of thousands of people in major cities across the country. The Centers for Disease Control director said Sunday, the lack of social distancing at these protests amid coronavirus poses concerns.
“We really want those individuals to highly consider being evaluated and getting tested,” said Dr. Robert Redfield in a news conference.
In New York, the epicenter of the virus, governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday all protesters should consider getting a COVID-19 test.
Locally, Mesa County Public Health director Jeff Kuhr feels similar. He says it’s important to have your voice heard, but after a large gathering of several hundred people, it may not be a bad idea to get a test.
“If you’ve been exposed to a high risk situation, then maybe it’s not a bad idea to call in and get yourself tested for this thing,” Kuhr said. “We have plenty of supplies right now.”
Kuhr says it’s all about slowing the spread. Because even if you don’t feel sick, you could still be carrying the virus.
“In a large gathering, continuing to protest, things like that, the way to prevent this from spreading is through a mask.”
Overall, Kuhr says in any public gathering, it is strongly recommended all wear masks to prevent spreading the virus to each other.
“A mask is not about protecting yourself. A mask is about protecting others from you.”
You can call Mesa County Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (970)683-2300 to schedule a COVID-19 test for free.