Denver COVID-19 Status Update: Sept. 30, 2022

Published on September 30, 2022

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

FREE COVID-19 Test Kits Still Available at Denver Recreation Centers

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19. Whatever the case, if you feel sick, get tested! With the discontinuation of the federal program that provided free rapid at-home tests, the Denver Dept. of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) wants to remind Denver residents that free BinaxNOW, over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits are still available at most Denver Recreation Centers. Each test kit contains two tests and residents are eligible to receive up to two free test kits while supplies last. If a test comes back positive, the CDC recommends isolation followed by masking up in public. The CDC has provided an Isolation and Quarantine calculator for guidance. Several free testing sites are also still open; drive-up and walk-in. Appointments are recommended. More information about testing can be found on the DDPHE COVID-19 website.

Falling Leaves, Football Games, Flu and COVID-19

The days may be getting shorter, but there is still plenty of time to get your COVID-19 booster. If you haven’t started your vaccine series, there’s no time like the present. Don’t let your guard down now. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), more than half of people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Colorado are unvaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines available right now are safe and effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying.

Heading into fall, as people begin to spend more time indoors, DDPHE strongly encourages anyone who is eligible to consider receiving an Omicron (bivalent) booster vaccine to provide better protection against currently circulating variants. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) vaccine calculator is a good tool for keep track of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. DDPHE is tracking the number of Denver residents who have received an omicron booster. As of Sept. 26, 2022, just 4.5% of Denver residents, 12 and older, are Omicron boosted.

Since most COVID-19 face covering requirements have been lifted, DDPHE anticipates a higher case load of flu this season. DDPHE recommends everyone get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a patient is eligible, both influenza and COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same visit, including boosters. There is no evidence getting a flu vaccination raises the risk of getting sick from COVID-19 or any other coronavirus. 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. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health every year.

Vaccination Buses Rolling Back into Parking Lots

Mass vaccination sites at Ball Arena, Water World and Dick's Sporting Goods Park are back and offer the two new, bivalent booster shots that take aim at the latest strains and variants of COVID-19. Appointments are recommended. The vaccination buses also offer primary vaccine doses for anyone aged 6 months and older, as well as third doses for children aged 5 through 11 years. Novavax is available at every site for anyone aged 12 years and up who has not already received a vaccine. DDPHE recommends everyone aged 12 years and older receive the updated booster as soon as possible if it has been two months or more since their primary vaccination series or last booster dose. 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

Denver County Current CDC Level: Low/Green 

Denver County Current Status  

*Numbers represent data as of Thursday, Sept. 26, 2022 and are subject to change. 

Denver residents 6 months and older initiating vaccination – 1st dose received: 85.3% 

Denver residents 6 months and older completing vaccination – Fully vaccinated: 77.9% 

Denver residents 5 and older receiving booster dose- after initial vaccine series: 50.2% 

Denver one-week cumulative incidence rate (7-day average of cases per 100,000 population) 

As of 9/29/22: 77.7 per 100,000 

Denver one-week average positivity rate*  

As of 9/26/22: 6.9% 

Hospitalizations  

Persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Denver County: 16 (as of 9/29/22) 

Case Summary  

Cumulative Denver positive cases: 211,592 (as of 9/29/22) 

Cumulative Denver deaths from COVID-19: 1,462 (as of 9/29/22)