Delta County Health Department is currently vaccinating: Phase 1A & 1B (above the "dotted line"). We are NOT vaccinating anyone under 70 at this time. The state health department has reviewed the federal/CDC recommendations and has not yet changed the vaccination schedule below.
All available COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are full. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is revising its vaccine distribution plan to address the demand and more information will be available soon. Please continue to check this page for more information.
The county is developing an interest form for scheduling future vaccinations that will be available soon. Please check back after January 20th to fill out the form.
Click here for the latest on COVID-19 Vaccine in Colorado!
Click here for Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
See the chart below for vaccine distribution prioritization to see where you fit:
- Disease Investigation
- COVID Testing and Tracing
- Keeping Schools Open
- Partnering with Business
- Sharing Information
- Supporting Healthcare
Public Health is the lead organization for community-based disease investigation and control. Through partnership with other health and medical organizations, support from elected and municipal officials and institutions, health officials can limit the spread of a disease, and reduce its impact on a community. What can you do? Stay home if you are ill, get tested, and most importantly get vaccinated! Visit our Immunizations page for more information.
Contact tracing following testing keeps schools open and businesses open by identifying cases earlier and decreasing the chances that someone will unknowingly spread the virus reduces transmission in our community. Click here to learn more about the part testing plays in an overall COVID-19 prevention strategy. For more information on how and where to get tested, click here.
Keeping Schools Open:
The basic belief that having children IN the classroom is far better for our community is what drives this partnership between the Delta County School District and the Delta County Health Department. Parents help by keeping their children home when they are sick (isolation), or when they’ve been in contact with a known COVID-19 case (quarantine). For more on how you can Keep our Schools Open, click here.
Partnering with Business (Partnership for a COVID-Free Delta County):
In the weeks to come businesses in each of the jurisdictions will be receiving recognition (as a part of the Partnership for a COVID-Free Delta County) for how they support keeping COVID-19 numbers down in Delta County, protect our most vulnerable populations, and contribute to a thriving economy even in the most stringent of COVID-19 restrictions. As more information is developed, it will be added to our Partnering with Business page. Click here for the most recent letter for restaurants and liquor establishments from CDPHE.
Providing up-to-date and accurate health information to the community through all the ways people like to receive it is a basic public health priority: print media (like the Delta County Independent), social media (like Facebook), and our website (www.deltacountyhealth.org). Data drives what we do: visit bit.ly/DeltaCOVID19Dashboard.
A surge is what we call a demand for health care resources in excess of supply. Some of our shortcomings as a rural health care system are lack of staff, facilities, and supplies, and adequate leverage in the face of larger and better-financed systems. Working together to bulk-purchase, relying on our partnerships for testing, vaccination, data-tracking and staffing to meet the needs of Delta County residents, including activation of emergency support through our county and state emergency management organizations help us to meet the surge head-on.
*NEW* HOLIDAY Gatherings and TRAVEL Guidance: HOLIDAY GUIDANCE
*Halloween Guidelines* Click HERE
Private gatherings: are groups of people meeting together such as a family gathering, book club, club meeting, etc. Under the 4th Amended Public Health Order, these gatherings should be capped at 10 people (and two households). Group Gatherings such as a church picnic are limited to 50 persons. They may meet in a park pavilion with 6-feet social distancing, face masks, sanitizing, hand washing etc. without an approved plan unless they have over 50 people, then they need a plan reviewed and approved by the Health Department. See the event plan application for more information.
Events - are assemblies that will attract the public. They are planned by an organizer such as the Chamber, Grand Mesa Arts Council or the Pondy Cancer Warriors, etc. They are limited for up to 250 participants outdoors and up to 175 participants indoor provided that they have a plan submitted to the Health Department three (3) weeks before the event if they plan to have over 50 participants. See the event plan application for more information.
Event organizer or parks departments are asked to provide COVID safety guidance to everyone who reserves the park pavilion or rooms in a facility. Also, please post posters in the facility to remind people to follow safe practices.
Colorado COVID-19 Response
*NEW* Effective December 7, 2020 , Colorado’s Safer at Home Revised Public Health Order took effect. The Order: THIRD AMENDED PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER 20-35 SAFER AT HOME DIAL. The Summary of changes is:
- The new changes, effective 5 p.m. Dec. 7, are:
- Worship and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals are classified as essential. This means that they must do their best to follow public health recommendations but may exceed recommended capacity caps if they cannot conduct their essential activity within those restrictions. They still must require masks indoors and other prevention measures like 6 foot spacing between members of different households and appropriate sanitation. Outdoor activities are still strongly preferred.
- Institutions like museums, aquariums, or zoos may open indoors in order to perform educational functions, up to 25% or 25 people per room, whichever is fewer.
- Review the summary of changes.
- The Colorado COVID-19 dial is a tool that allows Colorado to balance the urgent need to contain the virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic. Learn more about the dial.
- Supporting Healthcare web page.
- Delta County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 web page.
- For regional resources, visit Mesa County Health Department’s web page.
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment COVID-19 website.
- Colorado Executive and Health Orders related to COVID-19.
- Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: Information and resources regarding sick leave and unemployment for employees affected by COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control website.