Connect with Colorado Spirit – COVID Long Hauler Support Group

COVID Long-Hauler Support Group

April 20, 2021, at 12:00 pm

If you or someone you know is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for the past several weeks or months, the Colorado Spirit Team invites you to a free online support group. Join us in an open discussion forum as the group shares experiences with chronic symptoms.

Meeting ID: 928 8399 6007

Go to this Colorado Spirit initiative link for more information.


Long Hauler info – CO Spirit Long-Hauler April PDF

Managing Physical and Emotional Reactions to COVID – CO Spirit COVID Support Group PDF

COVID-19 Recovery Team at Primary Care Partners

Have you been slow to return to normal?

Our COVID-19 Recovery Team can assist you on your road to healing with a personalized recovery care plan. This team can help in many ways and with a wide variety of lingering symptoms.

Physical Therapy

Muscle weakness
Muscle pain
General deconditioning
Instability in walking
Loss of endurance and mobility
General fatigue
Aerobic training for cardiovascular & pulmonary health
Balance/dizziness rehabilitation
Monitoring of Vital Signs during activities

Occupational Therapy

Activities of daily living/grooming
Coordination – fine motor skills
Stroke symptoms

Speech Therapy

Swallowing difficulty
Difficulty finding words
Vocal cord ulcers/dysfunction
Cognitive memory evaluation
Prolonged voice hoarseness


Nutrition education
Rapid weight gain or loss

Mental Health and Wellness

Brain fog
Emotional and family support

Patient-Centered Convenience

Lower copays
Stay within a medical home
Convenient central location
Team-Based Approach
Initial TeleHealth evaluation with the care team
Referral to COVID-19 Recovery Program
A team approach to maximize your health recovery

Call your doctor’s office for a referral

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
The Physical Therapy Specialty Center (970) 241-5856


Your health and safety is our top priority at Primary Care Partners. The COVID-19 vaccine is a significant step in slowing down the spread of the virus. We would like to help you keep updated on what we know and what this means for you.

COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by the FDA

COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have recently been approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Both vaccines have been shown to have few side effects and in large scale clinical studies, have proven to be about 95% effective in protecting against the COVID-19 virus. These vaccines are supported by robust scientific and in-depth analyses. The vaccination targeting COVID-19 will be a critical solution to help combat the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is for those 16 and older (16+), while the Moderna vaccine is for those 18 and older (18+).

Initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be limited

Link: Phases of Vaccine Distribution

The initial supply of vaccines will be very limited and will be distributed quickly, and efficiently, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. The highest risk health care staff will receive the vaccine first to ensure patients and their families can continue to receive prompt and excellent care during this Public Health Emergency. Primary Care Partners will follow the State of Colorado’s guidance on which populations of patients to prioritize. Governor Polis recently expanded the first phase of the vaccine distribution to now include individuals that are 70 years of age and older.

The current distribution plan has been broken down into three phases; Winter, Spring, and Summer. Right now, the goal is to get all high-risk healthcare workers, essential workforce, and those 70 years of age and older vaccinated in the Winter. Followed by higher-risk individuals not in these categories in the Spring and the rest of the general public in the Summer.

Please know that we are working diligently to ensure you and your family and friends can receive the vaccine when it becomes available to you. We are committed to providing you with the information you need to receive the vaccine quickly and conveniently.

We encourage you to visit or the Mesa County’s public health department website for the most up-to-date information about the status of the vaccine in our community.

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. For additional questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please call us at 970-254-2421.

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

Connect with Colorado Spirit – COVID Outreach Specialists

Connect with Colorado Spirit. If you are stressed or other-wise impacted because of the pandemic, help is available. Colorado Spirit is a partnership between Mind Springs Health and FEMA that can assist you in many ways. They provide disaster survivors with community-based outreach, stress and resilience education, and connection to mental health and other community resources. The program is available to all COVID-19-impacted Coloradans FREE OF CHARGE.


Go to this Colorado Spirit initiative link for more information.

CO Spirit Long-Hauler- March 2021


Why our providers choose to get the COVID Vaccine

Mesa County Health Department has received the first shipment of COVID vaccinations and the distribution process is underway. Once more information is available, Primary Care Partners will be contacting all of our patients once it is available to the public.

Primary Care Partners wants you to know why our providers choose to get the COVID Vaccine.

“Like many people I have been worried about the health of my family members, especially those who are at high risk of getting really sick if they get Covid. I have had a sense of helplessness because of the pandemic, but now I am hopeful and excited because of this amazing vaccine!”
– Dr. Cassana Littler, pediatrician
“Getting the covid vaccine feels like so many emotions from this year coming together at once – worry about my patients and family, grief for all those families who lost their loved ones, hope for a brighter future around the corner, and excitement to be in the first wave of change. I am so grateful for the science and experts who have been working tirelessly to make this happen.”
“I got my Covid-19 vaccine because I believe in prevention of deadly diseases and in Public Health. I drink chlorinated water at home and filtered on a hike, not river water, to prevent illness from germs. Vaccines also prevent illness from germs. Thank you scientists for all vaccines!”
– Dr. Patrice Whistler, pediatrician
“I got vaccinated because I trust Science and I miss hugging people.” – Dr. Mike Whistler, pediatrician.

“I got the COVID vaccine because I want to do my part and contribute to stopping this pandemic. The best and quickest way to do that is through a vaccine.” – Dr. Rebecca Liggett, pediatrician

“I got the COVID-19 vaccine to protect myself, my family, my friends, and my community from this virus that has already taken too many lives. For the first time, I feel hopeful, knowing this is the beginning to the end. Soon every adult will be able to make the same decision to help end this pandemic. Please decide now to get your vaccine and protect the ones you love.” – Dr. Megan Stinar, pediatrician

“I got my Covid vaccine for the same reason my parents took me to the school gym in 1962 to take a sugar cube polio vaccine and the same reason my pediatrician scratched my arm with the smallpox vaccine about the same time.  Smallpox has been eradicated and polio is close to being gone.  My hope is that someday we can say the same about Covid-19.” – Dr. Claudia Jantzer, pediatrician

“I wanted to say something eloquent, but that’s not me.  I’m a health care worker, and I believe in the science whose goal is to keep people healthy. I got the vaccine because I believe this is the science that will keep people healthy.”- Dr. Katie Joy, pediatrician

“I vaccinate because I want to again live in a world where we can hug our loved ones without fear, where we can send our children to school to play with unmasked faces, and we can live, love, laugh and adventure unabashedly.” – Dr. Chelsey Bovenschen, pediatrician

“I got my shot because SCIENCE has given us an amazing opportunity to beat this. I vaccinate for my family, friends, colleagues, patients & their families – so we may not lose another loved one or suffer the debilitating outcomes of COVID we now have true hope of preventing. With all of us doing our part – the pendulum will swing!” – Dr. Mary Willy, pediatrician

Dr. Sullivan got his COVID vaccine.

Dr. Colwell was excited to receive his COVID19 vaccine so he can continue to fulfill his duty to remain healthy for his family, his patients, and the greater community that he calls home.

Dr. Hulst says, “I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to be among the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. With this comes such HOPE. Hope to defeat this terrible virus, hope to be able to hold my new baby without concern, hope to heal our nation, hope for unity, hope for health, hope for ‘normal’… This fight is not over, but hope can fuel us through the darkest times. Love your neighbor, wear a mask, and get vaccinated.”

Dr. Roberts says, “It’s the best Christmas gift.”

Dr. Madrid was excited to get his first COVID Vaccine shot too.

Dr. Hughes was one of our first doctors to receive the COVID Vaccine.

Fruita COVID-19 Testing Site added to Grand Junction, CO Sites

Mesa County has a new COVID testing site in Fruita, CO at Fruita Monument High School (FMHS). Below is a list of COVID testing sites.


**Check with each organization on how to obtain your COVID-19 results**


Free and a Doctors order is not necessary


A doctor order is required (contact your doctor’s office).  Your insurance may be billed (contact your insurance company with any questions)  

  • SMH: Phone: 970-298-7616
  • Community Hospital: Phone (970) 242-0920

Family Physicians COVID Patient Appointment Policy

If you have a POSITIVE, PENDING COVID-19 test, or have had KNOWN EXPOSURE please call us for further assistance. 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 appreciate your willingness to assist us in our goal to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Thank you

Family Physicians of Western Colorado (970) 245-1220

Red Canyon Family Medicine (970) 256-5285

Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine (970) 256-5201

Western Colorado Physicians Group (970) 241-6011

KKCO 11 News – Docs on Call Accepting Patients Without Primary Care Provider

KKCO 11 News did a news piece about how Docs on Call is accepting patients without primary care providers during the COVID crisis.

By Tyler Stricker |

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) — Patients who don’t have a primary care provider can get medical care at Docs on Call.
Docs on Call and primary care providers are extending their services to patients without established health care providers. A primary health care provider was required previously for follow up purposes. Due to the health crisis and the high number of people needing medical care who don’t have providers, Docs on Call has changed its policy. If a patient needs help finding a provider, primary care providers will help you find one.

“Instead of going to the emergency room for stitches or the concussion or migraine you can’t get rid of, come into Docs and see if that’s not something we can take care of before you go to the emergency room,” said pediatrician Dr. Megan Stiner. “I think this is also a really good option because the emergency room is still going to be expensive.”

Docs on Call asks that you call them first before you come in and bring a list of any medications you may take. they will accept in-person visits.