As Mesa County prepares for the impacts of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, the City of Grand Junction is working to make sure that service continues to the community amid the inevitable spread of the virus in Colorado.
This week, the City of Grand Junction activated an Incident Command System, or ICS, to coordinate an effective and efficient response to demands that may be placed on our departments with a focus on providing the services you depend on. ICS will manage the implementation of the City’s pandemic flu plan that was already in place for such an event. While the City defers to health officials and experts for medical information, it is important to plan for continuing services as a City when COVID-19 reaches our community. Additionally, it is a top priority to care for City employees’ health and well-being, and to provide timely, accurate information to them about how their work functions could be impacted. Given the uncertainty regarding the severity of this outbreak, the City remains vigilant in protecting the community.
What City Departments are Doing:
- Focusing on continuing to provide essential services – information on changes to operations can be found on our website.
- Business travel and training is restricted.
- Exploring alternatives for some City meetings on a case-by-case basis.
- Suspending scheduling non-essential and ceremonial gatherings.
- Rolling out telecommuting for our appropriate work groups.
- Placing a pause on certain capital projects not already started.
- Closely monitoring our expenses.
- Developing leave policies to address this situation.
What We Need the Community to Do:
- If you are sick – stay home and call your physician.
- Practice recommendations to limit the spread including social distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding touching your face.
- Plan for your family, stay informed, and do not hoard or panic.
- Be a good neighbor and be aware of protecting and helping vulnerable populations prepare- this includes the elderly.
- Look to the Mesa County Health Department for advice and answers to your specific health questions.
- Consider precautionary and continuity plans for your own businesses and events.
- If you’re experiencing a medical emergency and need an ambulance, call 9-1-1. Understand that our EMTs cannot test for COVID-19.
- For those who feel ill or are ill and want to be tested for COVID-19 a person’s first call should be to their primary care physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician call public health’s hotline at 254-4120.
- Do not show up unannounced at your doctor’s office or the emergency room if you’re feeling ill; call first. They may provide you with alternative arrangements to avoid exposure to others.
It is not unreasonable to anticipate that the City may experience a temporary reduction or modification of the workforce and operations as this pandemic continues to unfold. With that said, City of Grand Junction employees remain committed to providing essential services in our community and are prepared to make necessary adjustments over the coming days and weeks as this situation evolves. Partner agencies throughout Mesa County have the same goal in mind, and our organizations are invested in working together to lessen the community impact of COVID-19 however we can.