City and County of Denver COVID-19 Status Update

Published on September 03, 2021

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

Public Health Order Extension

The City and County of Denver has extended a Public Health Order which adopts the Order issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) this week. The Order will be in effect through Oct. 1.

At this time, the City and County of Denver is not mandating face coverings in indoor settings with the exception of childcare facilities and schools - pre-k through grade 12 - and for those who are unvaccinated in high-risk settings. Public health officials continue to monitor case and hospitalization rates and will take a data-driven approach in implementing any additional public health orders. Those who are unvaccinated are STRONGLY encouraged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing in public places.

Extension of the Transportation Mask Order

The federal requirement by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)for face coverings on public transportation, including public transit networks, airports, airplanes, buses, trains, taxis, Ubers and Lyftshas been extended through Jan. 18, 2022.

Booster Shots Update

The federal department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has developed a plan to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots this fall subject to FDA conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issuing booster dose recommendations based on a thorough review of the evidence. CDC’s independent advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, will continue to meet and discuss data on the evolution of the pandemic and the use of COVID-19 vaccines. ACIP will make further recommendations on the use of boosters for the public after a thorough review of the evidence.

DDPHE will await guidance from CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment prior to releasing plans for the administration of booster doses for the general public. The updated information from HHS does not impact the booster shot process for those currently eligible as an immunocompromised individual. When we receive additional information and have established processes at the State level, information will be released to providers and the public.

City and County of Denver Vaccination Mandate

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.

The vaccine requirement applies to all personnel who are onsite or in the field providing services in these categories if they work in Denver, regardless of where their company is based. All employees are required under this Public Health Order to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30, 2021. Businesses that do not comply, could be subject to enforcement actions. For more information go to the online toolkit for employers at: https://denvergov.org/Government/COVID-19-Information/Guidance-Resources/Businesses/Resources-for-Employers

Please go to https://denvergov.org/GuidanceResources/Businesses or call 311 to find answers to commonly asked questions about Denver’s vaccine requirements.

Delta Variant in Denver

The number of Delta variant cases continues to rise and now makes up the majority of cases in Denver. Currently, the City and County of Denver is aware of 533 confirmed cases. People who are fully vaccinated are highly protected against COVID-19 including the variants.City public health experts continue to monitor this variant and will adjust guidance as necessary to protect and provide the safest community for Denver residents and visitors.

Testing Locations

As the 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.

Vaccine Availability

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.

Vaccination Events

Montbello Barber Shop

  • Thursday September 9,4 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • 4848 Chambers Rd.
  • First or second doses Pfizer; Johnson & Johnson
  • No appointment necessary, open to the public

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

  • Sunday, September 5, 10 a. m.–4 p.m.
  • 2001 S. Colorado Blvd.
  • First or second doses of Pfizer vaccine
  • No appointment necessary, open to the public

Interested parties can visit this webpage for the current list of vaccine locations and scheduled vaccination events -

https://denvergov.org/Government/COVID-19-Information/Vaccination/Get-a-Vaccine

Denver County Current Status:

*Numbers represent data as of Friday, Sept. 3 and are subject to change.

  • Denver residents 12 and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received:79.6 (%)
  • Denver residents 12 and older completing vaccination–Fully vaccinated:73.2 (%)

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

  • Friday, Aug. 27: 166.7 average of new daily cases per 100,000 population
  • Saturday, Aug. 28:169.4
  • Sunday, Aug. 29:166.4
  • Monday, Aug. 30:168
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31: 163
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1: 145.6
  • Thursday, Aug. Sept. 2: 1 126.0

One-week average positivity rate*

  • Friday, Aug. 27: 4.5%
  • Saturday, Aug. 28: 4.5%
  • Sunday, Aug. 29: 4.4%
  • Monday, Aug. 30: 4.3%
  • Tuesday, Aug. 31: 4.3%
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1: 4.4%
  • Thursday, Spt. 2: 4.3%

* 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:81 (7-day average)

Cumulative Denver positive cases:80,658
Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 878

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