GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Counties that have met certain criteria can get permission from the governor’s office to enter the “Protect Our Neighbors” phase, and Mesa county is one of them.
“First is we need to be, positive cases in a two week period below 50 per 100,000. The second is that the percent positivity has to be below five percent. Third one is no new significant numbers of cases in the hospitals,” says Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health.
This variance makes it possible for businesses to open up at a five percent larger capacity every four weeks, as long as the coronavirus case count stays low. For mesa county, this means there needs to be less than 75 new cases every two weeks.
“We’re double that right now so we’re not quite in line with what the state wants from us right now,” says Kuhr.
But that doesn’t mean the state is looking to move mesa county back into the “safer at home” phase it was in before. Kuhr talked with state officials, and he says the state is working with Mesa county to help make the county successful in the new phase.
Because the variance gives more power to local communities, Mesa county public health officials say the details can be adjusted and they’re open to suggestions. Visit their website at https://health.mesacounty.us/ .