GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Garfield County Commissioners appointed a new public health director, Yvonne Long, Monday, April 15, 2013. Long already is working to take over county health department operations from retiring director Mary Meisner. The appointment is effective May 3. As she steps into the new position, while Garfield County Public Health is actively working to contain the spread of pertussis, or whooping cough in Garfield County, Long is ready for the challenge. “We still only have four confirmed cases in Garfield County, due to measures being taken to stem the spread of this highly contagious disease,” said Long.