City and County of Denver COVID-19 Status Update

Published on October 01, 2021

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

City and County of Denver Vaccination Mandate In Effect

As of today, 98.7% of City and County of Denver employees have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved exemption. The mandate for City and County of Denver employees and private-sector workers in high-risk settings like schools, hospitals and shelters to be fully vaccinated is now in effect as of Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021

There is a clear process in place for the few remaining city employees who have not yet complied with the Public Health Order. The goal is to gain compliance through progressive discipline with employees who are receptive to becoming vaccinated in the near future and enforcing the mandate against those who are not. Discipline for non-compliance will be consistently applied to all career service, civil service and regularly employed at-will employees across city departments and agencies.

Employees with an approved exemption will be required to wear a mask, receive a PCR test every five calendar days and maintain physical distancing from others. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) will also begin enforcing the vaccine requirement for personnel onsite or in the field in high-risk settings including: hospitals and clinical settings, congregate-care settings, and teachers and staff in schools and post-secondary institutions, among others.

COVID-19 Dashboard Transition

On Sept. 30, 2021, management of many public health programs in Denver, including COVID-19 disease surveillance, was transferred from the Public Health Institute at Denver Health to the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE). As a result, all COVID-19 data for cases, hospitalizations, deaths and testing are being moved to the DDPHE COVID-19 website. During this transition, localized data including cumulative case and death totals, in addition to new cases and hospitalization trends, as well as statewide data and trends are available at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) COVID-19 website.

This brief disruption in reporting will not impact Denver’s COVID-19 response. Data is continuously being collected and reviewed to ensure DDPHE continues to make data-driven decisions related to vaccination mandates, outbreak investigations, testing and vaccination efforts. Once the new dashboard is available, it will include all localized and demographic information for Denver County that was historically reported by the Public Health Institute at Denver Health.

Enforcement Complaint Web Form

The City and County of Denver takes the enforcement of current Public Health Orders seriously. If you would like to report a business that is out of compliance with current COVID-19 Public Health Orders, you can now submit complaints via the DDPHE COVID-19 website, under the “Report a Violation” tab. DDPHE will investigate each complaint and implement necessary corrective measures to ensure the health and safety of our community. 

Testing Locations

It’s important for anyone who has been exposed to the virus or is experiencing symptoms to get tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Pending results, residents should stay away from others and follow the advice of health care providers or public health professionals.

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

Rapid At-Home Tests

Colorado is distributing free rapid COVID-19 over the counter (OTC) self-tests directly to people’s homes. The program uses Abbott BinaxNOW™ rapid antigen tests that show results within 15 minutes. Additional information can be found on the CDPHE website

Vaccination Locations

COVID-19 vaccines are readily available through pharmacies and healthcare partners across the city. All three COVID-19 vaccines are free to all Denver residents and no insurance or identification are required to receive a vaccine. Information about where to find a vaccine is available on our Get a Vaccine page 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.

A current list of vaccine locations and scheduled vaccination events can be found at the vaccination events page of the website -

Denver County Current Status:

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

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received:  81.7 (%) 
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 75.6 (%) 

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

  • Friday, Sept. 24:  148.4 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population 
  • Saturday, Sept. 25: 141.5
  • Sunday, Sept. 26: 138.3
  • Monday, Sept. 27: 141.9
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28: 141.8
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: 137.0
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: 123.8

One-week average positivity rate* 

  • Friday, Sept. 24: 3.0%
  • Saturday, Sept. 25: 3.0%
  • Sunday, Sept. 26: 3.1%
  • Monday, Sept. 27: 3.3%
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28: 3.6%
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: 3.9%
  • Thursday, Sept. 30: 4.2%

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


  • Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 Denver County: 83 (7-day average) 


Cumulative Denver positive cases: 84,417

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 910 

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