Monday, March 16, 2020

MCSO efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19

With the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Mesa County, we want to ensure our community the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will remain open and operational to the fullest extent possible.

If you have an emergency, call 911. Emergency services have not been impacted.

At this time, our Records, Civil and Detentions lobbies are open for business and operating normal business hours. To help stop the spread of illness, we ask if you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please refrain from visiting in person.

Several of our services are available online at You can also call (970) 244-3500 to speak with Records or Civil personnel over the phone during business hours. If you do come to the Sheriff’s Office in person, for the safety of our community and staff we are encouraging social distancing to help stop the transmission of the virus.

The Mesa County Detention Facility (MCDF) has begun to modify operations as a precaution due to COVID-19. Our priority remains focused on the health and safety of staff, inmates and volunteers while they are in our care. At this time, all non-essential volunteer programs have been suspended. We have also limited access to the facility to staff and essential personnel.
Do inmates have access to Medical Services?
Mesa County Detention Facility has medical staff on-site 24/7. Both medical staff and the Sheriff’s Office are coordinating with Mesa County Public Health on COVID-19. 
How is MCDF screening for COVID-19?
Before entering the Mesa County Detention Facility all inmates are screened by on-site medical staff as part of the booking process. This is a normal procedure. If anyone has symptoms or is believed to have been exposed, they will be isolated from the general population until they can be evaluated further by medical staff per Mesa County Public Health procedures to include getting tested for COVID-19.

Do inmates have access to soap and cleaning supplies?
Inmates do have access to soap and water for handwashing. Inmates and all staff members also have access to cleaning products to disinfect common areas as needed and for inmates who want/need to clean their personal living spaces. The facility is also cleaned regularly to help with prevention.

How can I stay in contact with an inmate in MCDF?
We want to remind the public you can stay in contact with inmates a number of ways: By mail, phone, email and video visitation. In-person video visitation is still available, however, we are encouraging people to sign up for off-site video visitation. More information on how to sign up for any of these services can be found on

Thank you for your cooperation while we work together to prevent unnecessary possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other illnesses.

For information specific to COVID-19 please visit Mesa County Public Health’s website at You can also call the Mesa County Public Health information hotline at (970) 683-2300.