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We are open and accepting TeleHealth and in-person patient appointments.

COVID 19 Health Care Safeguards


Announcements

  • Western Colorado Pediatrics is hosting the Colorado Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic— aka the Vaccine Bus! This clinic is focused on the kiddos, but teens and adults are eligible for the vaccine too! Vaccines are 100% free of cost, no insurance required.   The bus will be at Western CO Pediatrics Fruita location- 456 Kokopelli Blvd, Unit D, Fruita, CO 81521 on these dates: Friday, December 3rd from 9:00am-5:00pm (click here to make an appointment for this date)   The bus will be at Western CO Pediatrics Grand Junction location- 3150 N 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506 on: Tuesday, December 7th from 9:00am-5:00pm (click here to make an appointment for this date)   Appointments are encouraged, but not required. Each date has a unique link to make an appointment (see date and location above).  Visit the Western Slope clinic list to view all future clinic dates, in various locations, and make an appointment.   For more information, call our office at 970-243-5437.  

  • Children ages 5 years and older are able to get an age-appropriate dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Your child may get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including flu vaccine, at the same time. While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children compared with adults, it can make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death. Although children are at a lower risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19 compared with adults, children can Be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 Get very sick from COVID-19 Have both short and long-term health complications from COVID-19 Spread COVID-19 to others Scientists have conducted clinical trials with about 3,000 children and the FDA has determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has met the safety and efficacy standards for authorization in children ages 5 through 15 years. Children ages 5 through 11 years receive one-third of the adult dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Smaller needles, designed specifically for children, are used for children ages 5- 11 years. Adolescents ages 12 years and older receive the same dosage of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine as adults. Vaccination can also help keep children from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19. Vaccinating children ages 5 years and older can help keep them in school and help them safely participate in sports, playdates, and other group activities. Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine three weeks after their first shot. Your child may have some side effects, which are normal signs that their body is building protection. You can read more about possible, yet rare, side effects of the vaccine here. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems.

  • COVID Testing Information   Get tested at one of the public testing sites: (registration/appointment required) Mesa County Public Health Location: Mesa County Fairgrounds 2785 US-50 Grand Junction, 81503 Available days and times:  Tuesday – Friday (except holidays) 7am – 3pm Saturday 9 am – 12 pm Type of Test: Nasal Swab, NO RAPIDS; only PCR testing, Cost: FREE Accessing Results: Results are processed through labs outside MCPH. Testing turnaround times vary depending on the lab but are typically returned in 2-4 days. You will be notified by the lab that processed your test. Instructions for results are given onsite when the test is performed. Use the link below to be directed to the sites for the labs we use to process results. If offered by the lab, you’ll need your account or appointment information to access your results Mesa County Public Health (Fairgrounds)   COVIDCheck Colorado Testing Site Locations: Long Family Memorial Park 3117 F Rd Grand Junction, CO 81504 Fruita 8/9 School 1835 J Road, Fruita CO, 81521 Colorado Mesa University- (Drive-through) 1280 Cannell Ave Grand Junction, CO 81501 Available days and times vary. Register to see what appointment times are available. Type of Test: Nasal Swab, NO RAPIDS; only PCR testing, Cost: FREE Accessing Results: COVIDCheck Colorado Results are processed through labs outside MCPH. Testing turnaround times vary depending on the lab but are typically returned in 2-4 days. You will be notified by the lab that processed your test. Instructions for results are given onsite when the test is performed. Use the link below to be directed to the sites for the labs we use to process results. If offered by the lab, you’ll need your account or appointment information to access your results Testing Sites at D51 Schools, CMU, Long Family Memorial Park   Testing at Pharmacies: (registration/appointment required) Walgreens Locations vary: Grand Junction, Clifton, Fruita Registration/Appointments required Type of Test: PCR, Rapid (24 hours) and Rapid Antigen (same day) (varies by location) Accessing Results: Test results turnaround time is based on when the sample arrives at the laboratory. Test results for travel purposes cannot be guaranteed in time for travel. Current turnaround times can be found on the websites of our laboratory partners, Aegis Sciences and LabCorp. Click here for the Aegis Sciences website, and click here for LabCorp’s website.   Testing at Primary Care Partners: Testing is available in select divisions at Primary Care Partners. We recommend consulting with your insurance company as you may be responsible for costs when taking a COVID test at our facilities. These divisions offer testing on a limited, appointment-only basis. Western Colorado Physicians Group 970-241-6011 Red Canyon Family Medicine 970-256-5285 Grand Junction Diagnostics 970-241-6014 DOCS on Call 970-255-1576   ***If you have a POSITIVE, or PENDING COVID-19 test, or have had KNOWN EXPOSURE please call us for further assistance. If visiting your primary care provider, call the office upon arrival and navigate to the DOCS on Call Rash Room Entrance on the West side of the building. This is in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. We are happy to assist and triage your needs over the telephone and consult with a medical provider if there is a need for you to be seen in person. We also have a designated respiratory clinic located in our after-hours clinic to help limit exposure to healthy patients. We appreciate your willingness to assist us in our goal to minimize the spread of COVID-19.   The following people should get tested for COVID-19: People who have symptoms of COVID-19. Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or runny nose Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea *This list does not include all possible symptoms. People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection: People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop. Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and recovered, as long as they do not develop new symptoms, do not need to get tested. If you test positive for COVID-19, take the following steps to protect others regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status: Isolate at home and isolate away from others for at least 10 days. If you do not have any symptoms, you should still isolate at home for at least 10 days. If you develop symptoms, continue to isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms began as long as symptoms have improved, and no fever is present for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications. If you are someone who has underlying medical conditions or are older, contact your healthcare provider for further guidance, especially if your symptoms get worse. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact Mesa County Public Health at 970-248-6900. See the most current COVID data from Mesa County Public Health here.   Quarantine vs. Isolation You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus. Quarantine means staying home for 14 days after you are exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5-7 days after their exposure and carefully monitor symptoms. Even if they don’t have symptoms, it is recommended that they wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative   You isolate when […]

  • Primary Care Partners strongly encourages everyone to get the COVID vaccine. All individuals, ages 5 and up, are eligible and can easily receive a COVID-19 vaccine during their routine appointments with their primary care physician, or schedule an appointment at the Mesa County Health Department, The MCPH Community Vaccination Site operates Wednesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. appointments can be scheduled online here. CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination for COVID-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone, especially those at highest risk, from severe illness and death. People who are fully vaccinated can safely resume many activities that they did prior to the pandemic. COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots for Eligible Recipients  All individuals 18 years and older are eligible for the booster vaccine. People 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot. People 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot: You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. IF YOU RECEIVED Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Older adults age 65 years and older Long-term care setting residents ages 18 years and older People with underlying medical conditions ages 50–64 years People with underlying medical conditions ages 18–49 years People who work or live in high-risk settings ages 18–64 years Examples of workers who may get COVID-19 booster shots: First responders (e.g., healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff) Education staff (e.g., teachers, support staff, daycare workers) Food and agriculture workers Manufacturing workers Corrections workers S. Postal Service workers Public transit workers Grocery store workers List could be updated in the future. IF YOU RECEIVED: J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine People ages 18 years and older who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago should get a booster shot. The J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has lower vaccine effectiveness over time compared to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).   For more information on receiving a booster shot, click here.   Your resources Connect with your doctor Our dedication to caring for you during this Public Health Emergency has not changed. Our providers offer both in-person and TeleHealth appointments to ensure you receive the same level of care you expect while ensuring you feel safe and comfortable. Your care coordinators Primary Care Partners has Care Coordinators to assist you in the many facets of your healthcare. They can help with transportation, food, housing, end of life planning, mental health resources, and much more. Safety precautions Wear a mask. Keep at least six feet from people not in your household Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer Stay home if possible, and try to avoid travel   We are here to help Remember, Primary Care Partners is here to help.  We are your partners in health. Never hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Please see the list of our additional services below. Primary Care, Pediatric Care, and Sports Medicine Services: Family Physicians of Western Colorado (970) 245-1220 Red Canyon Family Medicine  (970) 256-5285 Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine (970) 256-5201 Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (970) 243-5437 Western Colorado Physicians Group (970) 241-6011 After Hours, Nutrition, Medical Testing, Physical Therapy, and OB Services: Grand Junction Diagnostics & Mammography (970) 241-6014; Open Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM DOCS On Call – After Hours Clinic (970) 255-1576; Open Monday – Friday, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Saturday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM; Sunday, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM Medical Nutrition and Diabetes Education (970) 255-1576; Open Monday – Friday, 8: AM to 5:00 PM The Physical Therapy Specialty Center (970) 241-5856; Open Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Western Colorado Pediatric Associates -Weekend & After Hours Pediatric Appointments (970) 243-5437; Open Saturday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Family Centered OB (970) 241-6011 and (970) 245-1220

  • Primary Care Partners is proud to announce Tiffany Petersen, PA is now Accepting New Patients at Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine. Tiffany Petersen PA joined Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine as a physician assistant in August 2021. She is accepting new patients. Tiffany graduated from the first class of CMU’s physician assistant program and was eager to return to Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine in her new role on our provider team. To schedule an appointment, call us at 970-256-5201

  • Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (WCPA) has extended its hours to accommodate well-child checks, sports physicals, and vaccinations for the start of the school year. They stay open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at their Grand Junction location and will donate $5 to the Kids Aid Backpack Program for every well-child check they complete before school starts. WCPA is in the NEWS! Western Colorado Pediatric Associates expands their hours for well-child checks before school starts (NBC11, 7/29/21)   Back to school check-ups (KREX, 7/28/21)   Pediatric practice extends office hours (Biz Times, 7/29/21)   Op-Ed | Include child checkups in back to school plans (Biz Times, 7/29/21)