City Prepares for Potential Coronavirus Event

[Correction from release issued earlier this morning]

It’s normal to be concerned about new diseases, and new information is coming out frequently. The best thing residents can do is stay informed from reliable sources and know the facts.

Currently, the risk to most Coloradans from COVID-19 is low, and we are confident the health care system in Colorado is prepared to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases and minimize potential disease spread. In Mesa County, we are only seeing cases of the seasonal flu. However, in the event that COVID-19 occurs in Mesa County, the City wants the public to know that it is taking the necessary steps to handle the event.

The City of Grand Junction provides vital services to its citizens. Should a crisis disrupt essential departmental operations, the City would not be able to fulfill its fundamental mission in the absence of continuity of operations planning. As a result, the City is developing a Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) to respond to a potential incident. The City already has an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that is used to prepare for, respond to, and recover from major disasters. This COOP will serve as a supplemental tool designed to help the City’s departments effectively resume day-to-day core services and functions following a disaster.

A COOP documents the basic information, procedures, and guidance which would enable each department to resume its essential functions following an emergency, with or without advance warning, and to sustain continuous operations for the entire cycle of the incident. The plan would address emergencies from an all-hazards approach.

In addition to developing the COOP, the City is also currently working with agency partners (including Mesa County Public Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)). This ensures that the City receives accurate information regarding the virus. We are also engaging with staff to educate on the situation as more information becomes available.

The following is a brief reminder on preventative steps we each can take now to stop the spread of germs:

Follow these simple everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like the Coronavirus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean your hands often
  • Monitor your symptoms

For More Information & City Updates (as they are released) – Please Visit:

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or

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