General COVID-19 Information
Mesa County Public Health has the latest information related to COVID-19. Please visit Mesa County Public Health’s website for more information.
Sheriff's Office Operations
If you have an emergency, call 911. Emergency services have not been impacted.
We want to assure our community the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will remain open and operational to the fullest and safest extent possible during this unprecedented pandemic. As a precaution to help stop the spread and prevent unnecessary possible exposure to COVID-19, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has implemented enhanced safety measures. In March, Sheriff Lewis enacted emergency operating plans modifying daily operations and initiated rigorous screening and prevention measures for the Mesa County Detention Facility (MCDF) to minimize the risk of exposure to inmates and employees.
With widespread community transmission and COVID-19 cases increasing at an alarming rate in Mesa County, we know the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and detention facility could not be immune from being impacted. At the request from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Public Health, and the on-site medical provider, NaphCare facilitated the testing of two housing units after six inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
As of Friday, November 13, 2020, 61 inmates in the Mesa County Detention Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Additional test results are pending. Eight employees working in the Mesa County Detention Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Two staff members working in other divisions of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office have also tested positive.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office continues to work closely with Mesa County Public Health and our medical provider to reduce the spread of this illness.
“As we work with our public health professionals, we will continue to implement strategies that put the health and safety of staff, inmates, and the community we serve first,” said Sheriff Matt Lewis. “Incarceration is difficult on families even without a global pandemic. I want to assure families with loved ones in our custody, we are taking this seriously and are working with our on-site medical provider and public health to provide the best care possible.”
Detention Facility Operational Changes
- All inmates are screened by on-site medical personnel before entering the detention facility as part of the normal booking process.
- 24/7 on-site medical staff continuously monitor inmates and staff’s health.
- Anyone with symptoms or is believed to have been exposed, are medically isolated until they can be evaluated further by medical staff per Mesa County Public Health procedures to include getting tested for COVID-19.
- Inmates are issued masks and have access to additional cleaning products to disinfect common areas and personal living spaces as needed. The facility is also cleaned regularly to help with prevention.
- All Mesa County Detention Facility staff are medically screened every day and are required to wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing when possible.
- Access to the detention facility is limited to only essential personnel. All non-essential volunteer programs have been suspended.
- In-person video visitation has been suspended, off-site video visitation is still available. Learn more.
- Arrest standards were modified in partnership with Mesa County criminal justice agencies to reduce the detention facility’s population and allow for more room to medically isolate and quarantine individuals as needed. View the current inmate population.
How to Stay in contact with an inmate:
During these rapidly evolving and stressful times, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office encourages people to stay in contact with their loved ones in the detention facility. While in-person video visitation remains suspended to prevent possible exposures, off-site video visitation is available as well as phone, email, and mail services. Click on each option below to learn how to utilize these services.
How to set up an Off-site Video Visitation
We understand the hardship this creates for families wishing to stay in contact with their loved ones in jail. As a result, we have waived any fees associated with off-site video visitation. In order to maintain social distancing recommendations, in-person video visitation has been suspended for the general public. Attorneys will now use the service to meet with clients instead of entering the facility for in-person visits.
To set up off-site video visitation go to ICSolutions, or call (888) 646-9437.
***Eligible inmates can receive one free off-site video visitation per week ***
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Detention Lobby OPEN
The Detention Lobby will remain open to facilitate the release of inmates and attorney-client video visits. The public is encouraged to use online services for inmate fund deposits. More information can be viewed here
Commissary: Access Corrections https://www.accesscorrections.com/ 1-866-345-1884
Phone: Inmate Calling Solutions (ICS) https://www.icsolutions.com/ 1-888-506-8407
Tablet and Email: Telmate https://www.telmate.com/ 1-866-516-0115
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.
Do inmates have access to masks?
All inmates in the Mesa County Detention Facility are issued two cloth masks that are laundered regularly in accordance with Mesa County Public Health recommendations. Wearing a cloth mask is voluntary for inmates who are not experiencing symptoms or have not been exposed to COVID-19. Any inmate experiencing symptoms or has been exposed to COVID-19 is immediately 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.
How can I stay in contact with an inmate in MCDF?
We want to remind the public you can stay in contact with inmates in a number of ways: By mail, phone, email, and off-site video visitation. In-person video visitation is no longer 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 here.
Are detentions staff being screened?
Yes. All detentions staff are medically screened every day and are required to wear masks, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing when possible. On-site medical staff continuously monitor inmates and staff’s health. All staff with symptoms or is believed to have been exposed, stay home, and self-isolated medically isolated until they can be evaluated further by medical professionals per Mesa County Public Health procedures to include getting tested for COVID-19.
Records / Civil Lobby OPEN
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Records Lobby is now operating during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday excluding holidays.
For your safety, please adhere to the following public health recommendations:
- If you are sick, experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath or have been exposed to COVID-19, please schedule your visit for a later date.
- Please observe physical distances while in the waiting room. Keep at least 6 feet away from others. Wearing a non-medical cloth mask or face covering is encouraged.
- Please wait until you are called before approaching the counter. If the waiting room is full, please wait until someone exits before entering.
- Due to the physical contact involved in the fingerprinting process, a non-medical cloth mask or face covering must be worn. You will also be asked to wash your hands as part of the normal fingerprinting process.
The Civil Unit is open following directions from the 21st Judicial District Court.
Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday excluding holidays.
Records and Civil staff are also available by phone (970) 244-3500 during normal business hours.
You can report a non-emergency crime online by clicking here.
- Criminal Mischief (Vandalism)
- Identity Theft / Fraud
- Lost Property
- Noise Complaint
- Suspicious Activity
- Traffic Complaint
Thank you for your cooperation while we work together to prevent unnecessary possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other illnesses.