Thanks for a healthy business response

Jeff Kuhr

November is all about giving thanks. At Mesa County Public Health, we’re thankful for the strong community partnerships that have made our response to the coronavirus pandemic more manageable.

As we gather to give thanks this year, we want to thank you. In a year full of unknowns, we’re fortunate to have businesses in our community that stand with us and work to improve the overall health of our community.

Businesses in Mesa County have stepped up. As things changed, evolved and changed again, you ensured those in our workforce who might be more vulnerable to COVID-19 were protected and helped employees who expressed concerns. This month, consider thanking your employees for playing an important public health role with increased cleaning, symptom checks, working from home and other COVID-related actions that help ensure illness in Mesa County remains low. Business policies that encourage remote work, ensure distancing and increase handwashing and mask use have made our community safer. Thank you.

Many businesses incorporated teleworking and social distancing into their everyday operations. It’s possible that in February you weren’t familiar with the term social distancing. You quickly learned it means avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance — at least 6 feet — from others when possible. You implemented strategies to improve employee and customer safety through such adaptations as flexible work hours, increased space between employees and customers, online meetings and touchless payments. You added partitions, curbside pickup and delivery options and so much more. Thank you.

There are certain places where COVID-19 spreads more easily. Avoid the three Cs to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19. We ask our community to avoid:

Close contact settings such as close range conversations.

Confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.

Crowds and places with many people nearby.

We also want to remind you we’re here for you. As case counts increase, the Mesa County Public Health team can be a resource to your business to help implement safety procedures. We regularly provide education to businesses, community organizations, schools and such congregate care settings as nursing homes.

Since March, we’ve added staff and resources to help our community remain informed and ready.

If you have questions about local public health orders or how your business can protect our community from the spread of illnesses like COVID-19, log on to health.mesacounty.us or send an email to healthinfo@mesacountuy.us.

Our team is here to help, but we couldn’t do it without each of you. Our community partners are part of our team, too. If we approach this as a community, we have a much greater chance of reducing illness quickly. Thank you.