Denver COVID-19 Status Update: Nov. 10, 2022
Published on November 10, 2022
The City and County of Denver provided the following COVID-19 status update.
Sharp Rise in RSV Cases Causing Concerns About Winter Wave
RSV, a common respiratory virus, cases in children are on the rise across Colorado, especially in the Denver-metro area. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), around 95% of current RSV hospitalizations in the state are kids, with the majority in Denver-metro area hospitals. Epidemiologists expect this trend to continue for several weeks. RSV can be very serious for infants and young children two and under; or older adults, as they are at an increased risk of developing severe cases of RSV that could require hospitalization. Symptoms include runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, fever, and decreased appetite.
A rise in COVID-19, RSV and flu hospitalizations this winter could cause capacity concerns at health care facilities, emergency rooms and urgent care centers. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) recommends protecting your loved ones, the community, and the health care system by doing the following.
- Get vaccinated. Both flu and COVID-19 have effective, safe vaccines. Anyone 6 months and older can get vaccinated for flu and COVID-19. It is safe to get the vaccines together.
- See or call a health care provider or doctor before going to a busy emergency department when you or your child has respiratory symptoms. Your provider can help you determine the best ways to manage symptoms and when it is important to be seen in the clinic, urgent care, or emergency department.
- STAY HOME if you feel sick or show any symptoms. What might feel like a mild cold for one person can be very serious for another person.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper arm sleeve when you cough or sneeze, throw away the tissue after you use it, and clean hands as instructed above.
- Cleaning potentially contaminated surfaces, like doorknobs, tables, handrails, etc.
- Avoiding sharing cups, eating utensils, and touching your face with unwashed hands.
DDPHE continues to urge everyone to be mindful and take precautions when going about their fall and winter routines. Flu shots are readily available. Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurers cover the full cost of a flu vaccine. Some pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreens offer free flu shots. All COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe and free. Additional resources about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters can be found on the DDPHE COVID-19 webpage.
Make Sure You’re Fully Vaccinated in Time for Hanukkah and Christmas
Don’t bring COVID-19 to holidays gatherings this year. A person is considered “fully vaccinated” 14 days after their final dose. To be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in time for holidays, you must get the first dose of Moderna or Pfizer or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson by the dates listed below:
- Hanukkah (begins Nov. 28): Johnson & Johnson, Nov. 13 (the due date for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines has already passed).
- Christmas: Moderna: Nov. 13 (second dose 28 days later); Pfizer: Nov. 20 (second dose 21 days later); Johnson & Johnson: Dec. 11 (just one dose required).
In addition, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone who is eligible for the Omicron booster get one if it has been at least two months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, whether it was the final dose of their primary series or the original (monovalent) booster. It can take up to two weeks for the Omicron booster to take full effect.
City & County of Denver Holiday Closures
DDPHE and most city offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day respectively. Emergency services such as police and fire will still be available.
Denver County Current CDC Level: Low/Green
Denver County Current Status
*Numbers represent data as of Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 and are subject to change.
Denver residents 6 months and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 86%
Denver residents 6 months and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 78%
Denver residents 5 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 51%
Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population)
As of 11/08/22: 105.4 per 100,000
Denver one-week average positivity rate*
As of 11/08/22: 11.1%
Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 14 (as of 11/08/22)
Cumulative Denver positive cases: 205,216 (as of 11/08/22)
Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,451 (as of 11/08/22)