Denver COVID-19 Status Update - Dec. 30, 2021

Published on December 30, 2021

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

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines Update

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) aligns its COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE). The CDC updated this guidance on Dec. 27, 2021.

Isolation guidelines if you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves

Quarantine guidelines if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19:

If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5, if possible
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted or completed the primary series of J&J over two months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated:

  • Stay home for five (5) days
  • After the first five (5) days continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days
  • Test on day five (5) if possible
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

 

Denver’s Public Health Order Extended Through Feb. 3

Denver’s current public health order requires face coverings in Denver and other Denver metro areas for everyone aged 2 and older in all public, indoor spaces was extended through Feb. 3, 2022. The exemption for local businesses and venues that verify full vaccination status before entry will also be extended. 

Local businesses and venues may opt to verify vaccinations in lieu of requiring face coverings. If a business or venue can verify that at least 95% of people within the facility (including employees and customers) are fully vaccinated, then face coverings will not be required. Businesses wishing to opt for the vaccine verification check must notify DDPHE about their attestation. This process also applies to one-time events.

Businesses and venues that have already notified DDPHE of their intent to verify vaccination instead of requiring face coverings do not need to submit a new attestation.  

For acceptable proof of vaccination and other information about the public health order, please visit our  Frequently Asked Questions page.

The City and County of Denver takes the enforcement of current public health orders seriously. Those who wish to report a business that is out of compliance with current COVID-19 public health orders should complete the online form under the “Report a Violation” tab. DDPHE will investigate complaints and implement necessary corrective measures to ensure all public health orders are being followed for the health and safety of our community.

Healthy and Happy New Year

With the start of a new year, it is important to remember that the fight against COVID-19 will continue. Vaccinations are the most effective method of protecting yourself, your family and community.

  • Though the deadline to be fully vaccinated by New Year's Day has passed, it’s still a good idea to begin the vaccine series before you attend any gatherings. One vaccine can provide up to 80% protection.

Omicron Variant Update

The COVID-19 Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) has been confirmed in 43 cases in the City and County of Denver, however due to rapid community transmission, it’s likely the majority of cases in Denver are the Omicron variant. The emergence of a new variant underscores the importance of following public health guidance, including getting vaccinated and getting a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While breakthrough infections after vaccination are possible, vaccination protects against severe illness and hospitalization.

Booster Shots Strongly Encouraged for All Eligible

Booster shots are important as protection against COVID-19 infection decreases over time. Those who are eligible should get their booster dose as soon as possible, preferably before holiday gatherings. It takes two weeks for a booster dose to build maximum protection and they are available wherever the vaccine is. Individuals should get a booster if they:

  • Are 16 or older and received their second dose of Pfizer at least six months ago.
  • Are 18 and older and received their second dose of Moderna at least six months ago.
  • Are 18 and older and received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.

City and County of Denver Holiday Closure

DDPHE will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Partner entities such as Denver Health will remain open as well as departments/agencies that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, such as emergency responders.

Testing Locations  

Get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

All residents have access to free community testing locations throughout the city and testing is readily available.  

Denver Vaccine Clinics

The Colorado Vaccine Equity Project hosts several free vaccine clinics every week throughout the Denver-metro area at schools, community centers and bus stops. Pre-registration is required for many locations. For more information about these clinics, contact ICOffice@childrenscolorado.org.

In addition, there are several free mobile vaccine clinics with varying vaccine availability located in the Denver-metro area. Appointments are recommended.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is also sponsoring several free clinics offering vaccines for those 5 years and older. For more information about these clinics and to book an appointment, visit the Children’s Hospital of Colorado website.

Information about where to find a vaccine is available at Denvergov.org or by texting 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.   

Denver County Current Status:  

As with many counties in Colorado, Denver has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, percent positivity, and hospitalizations over the last two weeks.

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Dec. 30 and are subject to change.  

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 88.9(%)  
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 81.5(%)  
  • Denver residents 5-11 initiating vaccine – 42.7(%)

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

  • Friday, Fri. Dec. 24: 721.8 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population  
  • Saturday, Dec. 25: 723.9
  • Sunday, Dec. 26: 775.1
  • Monday, Dec. 27: 800.4
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: 786.2

One-week average positivity rate*  

  • Friday, Dec. 24: 13.12%
  • Saturday, Dec. 25: 13.87% 
  • Sunday, Dec. 26: 14.51%
  • Monday, Dec. 27: 15.97%  
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: 16.95% 

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

Hospitalizations: 128  

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

  • Cumulative Denver positive cases: 113,777
  • Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,062

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