Unvaccinated individuals are at the most risk from contracting COVID-19. Pediatric COVID-19 cases are rising in Delta County and surrounding areas. If you or your child is unvaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated, if age eligible; we also encourage everyone to wear a mask to protect you and those around you, regardless of vaccination status.
The CDC has guidance that highlights factors that put people more at risk including:
People with underlying medical conditions
People from certain racial and ethnic minority groups
People with disabilities
People with mental health disorders
How Can We Keep Our Community Safe?
Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones From COVID-19...through everyday actions
- Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wear a cloth or homemade face covering when away from home,
- Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
...through physical distancing
- Stay home if you are sick!
- Don’t shake hands. Instead, greet people by waving, or just saying hello.
- Increase the physical distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread. Consider keeping more distance between yourself and others when exercising or when around others who are exercising (biking, running, walking).
... by taking care of our physical and mental wellbeing:
- Eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight - Eating right is the first step in a healthy lifestyle; make small, manageable adjustments to ensure success.
- Exercise regularly - Regular physical activity helps you feel better, sleep better, and reduces anxiety. Combined with eating well, physical activity can help a person maintain a healthy weight.
- Get outside daily - Seek out the sun and breathe in the fresh air.
- Keep a healthy sleep routine - Getting restful sleep can make a world of difference in your wellbeing. The right amount of sleep coupled with a healthy sleep pattern reduces the risk of several physical and mental illnesses.
- Be kind to yourself - Recognize your physical and mental triggers, and take steps to avoid or deal with those stressors.
- Connect with others - Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.
- Disconnect from your phone - Periodically put down your devices throughout the day so that you can be truly present with yourself and others.
- Take breaks and practice relaxation - Make time to unwind. Focus on your breathing. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
- Take time to volunteer in your community - Giving to others is always uplifting.
...by being prepared
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
- Make a plan with your network about:
- how to check in with each other.
- how others can deliver supplies so you can avoid crowds.
- how others can assist you with medical equipment or other needs in an emergency.
What to do if You’re Sick
- Self-Isolate. If you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath you may need to call your healthcare provider. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or the emergency department without calling ahead.
- Wear a mask or cover your cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands frequently and don’t share personal items (drinking glass or utensils) with others.
- If possible, sleep in a bedroom and use a bathroom that is not used by other household members.
- Get rest and drink plenty of fluids will likely be helpful for recovery.
What is the difference between Isolation and Quarantine?
What should employees/employers do?
- Employees/Employers should screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Employees should stay home if sick and isolate.
- If you have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, call your health care provider to ask about testing; if you do not have a health care provider, contact the Health Department at (970) 874-2165 to ask about testing.
Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information:
- People who have general questions about COVID-19, can call the state’s help line, CO HELP, at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email for answers in English and Spanish (Español).
Mental Health Services
It’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your mental health during this time. Mental health and substance abuse can be heightened during stress so please reach out for help if you, or a family member, need support. There is no shame in asking for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, helpless or need someone to talk to, Colorado Crisis Services offers free, confidential and professional 24/7 support. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255. Learn more at Colorado Crisis Services.
Local Mental Health Assistance:
- Center for Mental Health: 970-252-6220 or text “Talk” to 38255
- A KIDZ Clinic: 970-874-2753 or Text: 970-901-0445
- Families Plus: 970-874-0464 or Text: 970-433-6835
- Colorado Crisis Hotline: 844-493-TALK (8255) or Text “Talk” to 38255
- Monarch Family Center: 970-712-4955
For additional information on COVID-19, please visit the following resources:
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 website
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 Data
- Centers for Disease Control
- For Regional Resources visit Mesa County Health Department’s page
- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Information and resources regarding sick leave and unemployment for employees affected by COVID-19.