GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — At last report, officials at Mesa County Public Health say there have now been 892 confirmed cases locally since the pandemic began. The county also has 6 related deaths, with 5 people currently hospitalized. But in good news, 766 people have recovered. And even with the uptick in positive COVID cases in the county, as well as the state, Colorado has started deconstruction on two alternative care sites. One of which is in Grand Junction.
In April, the Western Memory Care Center was transformed into a COVID care facility, for the less serious cases in our region. In turn, if need there would be more space for seriously sick patients in area hospitals. However, at this time, state officials say it’s safe to close the local alternative care facility. They say dismantling the site, which should be done by mid-November, will save the state money.
The director of Mesa County Public Health, Jeff Kuhr, says local hospitals are currently not experiencing any pressure from the virus, and therefore, deconstructing the facility wont affect our community. He also says, “it is okay because even when they put [Western Memory Care Center] together as an alternate care site, we already, as part or our surge plan, made arrangements for extra space.”
Three other alternative COVID care sites in Colorado will remain open, and equipment from the closing sites will be transferred to those centers.