City and County of Denver COVID-19 Status Update

Published on August 27, 2021

DENVER – The City and County of Denver today provided the following COVID-19 status update:

FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

On August 24, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older.

“This is another milestone in the fight against COVID-19 and further solidifies our path out of the pandemic,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “We’re hopeful this provides greater assurance to those hesitant about being vaccinated against COVID-19.”

All three COVID-19 vaccines are readily available and free to all Denver residents. No insurance or identification are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available here, or you can text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish, to get the contact information of three nearby locations with available vaccines. 

Vaccine Rates Continue to Increase As Vaccine Mandate Deadline Approaches

Since Aug. 2 when the City and County of Denver announced the vaccine requirement for all city employees, as well as private-sector workers in high-risk settings, Denver has seen a steady increase in the number of vaccines being administered. In the two weeks following the vaccine mandate announcement, the percent of Denver residents initiating vaccination increased 85% compared to the percent of residents initiating vaccination in the two weeks prior to the announcement.

As the Sept. 30 vaccine mandate deadline approaches, DDPHE executive director Bob McDonald urges anyone who may not be fully vaccinated by the deadline to speak with their supervisor or employer immediately. Each employer subject to this order will be deciding how they will enforce this requirement with their employees. Disciplinary action including termination is one of the consequences employers may choose to impose.

Delta Variant Increases 38% in Denver

The number of Delta variant cases continue to rise and now make up the majority of cases in Denver. Currently, the City and County of Denver is aware of 347 confirmed cases up this week from 216. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the Delta variant is highly contagious, but approved COVID-19 vaccines prevent against severe disease and death from this version of the virus. It is extremely important every who is eligible get vaccinated to prevent further spread and mutation of the virus.

Testing Locations

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase and the Delta variant spreads, it’s important to get tested for COVID-19 if you experience symptoms or are exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus, even if you are vaccinated. All residents have access to free community testing locations throughout the city. Many Walgreens locations throughout the city continue to offer free testing as well. 

Upcoming Vaccination Event

 

Denver Day of Rock

  • Saturday, August 28, noon–8:30 p.m. (COVID Vaccination & Testing available)
  • 16thSt. Mall
  • First or second dose of Pfizer
  • No appointment necessary, open to the public

 

The current list of vaccine locations and scheduled vaccination events can be viewed here

Denver County Current Status:

*Numbers represent data as of Friday, Aug. 27 and are subject to change.

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received:494,820 (78.9%)
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination–Fully vaccinated:453,628 (72.4%)

Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day moving average)

  • · Friday, Aug. 20: 158.4 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population
  • · Saturday, Aug. 21: 160.2
  • · Sunday, Aug. 22: 166.4
  • · Monday, Aug. 23:170.7
  • · Tuesday, Aug. 24: 153.5
  • · Wednesday, Aug. 25: 154.7
  • · Thursday, Aug. 26: 137.2 

One-week average positivity rate*

  • Friday, Aug. 20: 4.7%
  • Saturday, Aug. 21: 4.7%
  • Sunday, Aug. 22: 4.7%
  • Monday, Aug. 23: 4.8%
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24: 5.1%
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25: 5.1%
  • Thursday, Aug. 26: 5.3%

* The most recent 7 days of testing may be incomplete due to delays in laboratory analysis and reporting.

Hospitalizations

· Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County:67 (7-day average)

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 79,483

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 872

 

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